Industry Ink: NMPA, YEP, Nashville Underground Entertainment

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Jody Gerson

Jody Gerson Named To NMPA Board of Directors

The National Music Publishers’ Association has announced that Jody Gerson, the new chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, has officially joined the NMPA Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jody,” said Irwin Z. Robinson, chairman of the NMPA Board. “Her reputation as a songwriter advocate precedes her, and we are grateful to add her expertise to our Board.”

“Jody is a rock star and I am so pleased to have her join the NMPA Board,” said NMPA President and CEO David Israelite. “NMPA’s Board, its members and its advocacy efforts will benefit greatly from her years of experience helping creators thrive.”

Formerly the co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing, Gerson fills the vacancy left by former UMPG chairman Zach Horowitz.


YEP Upcoming Events

yep11Nashville entertainment industry organization Young Entertainment Professionals will host several upcoming events in Nashville. On Jan. 27, BMI and YEP will co-host a night at Exit/In beginning at  6 p.m. YEP will host a mixer on Feb. 9 at the Listening Room, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 will bring a Musicpreneur No. 2 session at the Entrepreneur Center at 5:30 p.m. For more information on these events, visit


Nashville Underground Entertainment Expands To Include Nashville Underground Online

Nashville Underground Online2Nashville Underground Entertainment, LLC, home of Nashville Underground Radio and Nashville Underground Management has expanded to include Nashville Underground Online, a creative agency specializing in graphic and web design, viral marketing and social media, aimed specifically towards independent artists and entrepreneurs.

“I’ve said before that the Nashville Underground brand has limitless potential,” says Matt Williams, co-founder of Nashville Underground Entertainment. “This is not only proof of that, but was an inevitable next step for our company as viral marketing and design is something we make a living at anyway.”

Nashville Underground Online is a partnership between Nashville Underground Entertainment and Brand Ur Band, a digital marketing and social media company.

“This partnership with Nashville Underground will change the game,” says Damar Howard, founder and CEO of Brand Ur Band. “This is a powerhouse team of people with the goal to help artists become truly independent, as well as promote local culture and business.”


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