Industry Ink: Sony/ATV’s Tomlinson, peermusic, MTSU, CMHoF

Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville

Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville

Belmont’s Curb College recently honored Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville, as the Morris Family Mentor & Lecture Series “Distinguished Lecturer.” This award is given to industry professionals who inspire others through their work in the entertainment and music industry.

The honor was presented after the Morris Family Mentor and Lecture Series Friday (Oct. 26). During the seminar, Tomlinson gave students insight into what Sony/ATV does for not only songwriters, but for an emerging artists.


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Peermusic’s Michael Tyler

Peermusic writer/artist Michael Tyler performed for a packed house Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 12th & Porter, offering industry members a chance to hear his talents, calling him “a game changer.”

In December 2012, Vice President Michael Knox signed Tyler to his first publishing deal with the peermusic Nashville office and is currently working on new material for a solo project.

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mtsu logo111Middle Tennessee State University has teamed with Sony/ATV for ‘All Access,’ which allows students to submit two of their songs to Sony/ATV’s creative team. The creative team then selects students to perform two additional songs during a live showcase.

The opportunity is open to both singers and songwriters. Songwriters must submit original compositions, while singers can send a song written by another writer, or a cover of a song that has not been a radio single. All genres of music are welcome. The partnership will continue through the Spring 2015 semester.

Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry in the College of Mass Communication, said the partnership “provides a pathway for MTSU students to share their talent and work with industry professionals.”

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Honor Society was treated to a cocktail reception at the home of museum board member and Vector Management co-president Ken Levitan and wife Gloria Dumas. Vince Gill performed an acoustic set, ending the performance with “What You Give Away.”

For more information on joining the museum’s Honor Society program, visit

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Pictured (L-R): Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum board chairman Steve Turner, Museum Director Kyle Young; event hosts Ken Levitan and Gloria Dumas; Vince Gill. Photo: Kelli Dirks


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