$30K Helps Launch Project Music Startups

Pictured: (L-R) Zack Terry (Operations Lead, Project Music), Channing Moreland (CEO, EVAmore), Stephen Davis (CEO, Ear.IQ) Marcus Cobb (CEO, Jammber), Robbie Goldsmith (Director, Project Music), Jack McCann (CEO, On the List), Chad Marcum (CEO, VideoBomb), Michael Amburgey (CEO, KaraoQ), Stuart McWhorter (CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Joe Galante (Chairman of GEO), Sam Brooker (CEO, Remix Hits), Michael Burcham (Founding CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Heather McBee (Music Industry Lead, Project Music), and Chris McMurtry (CEO, Dart).

Pictured: (L-R) Zack Terry (Operations Lead, Project Music), Channing Moreland (CEO, EVAmore), Stephen Davis (CEO, Ear.IQ) Marcus Cobb (CEO, Jammber), Robbie Goldsmith (Director, Project Music), Jack McCann (CEO, On the List), Chad Marcum (CEO, VideoBomb), Michael Amburgey (CEO, KaraoQ), Stuart McWhorter (CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Joe Galante (Chairman of GEO), Sam Brooker (CEO, Remix Hits), Michael Burcham (Founding CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Heather McBee (Music Industry Lead, Project Music), and Chris McMurtry (CEO, Dart).

The inaugural Project Music Accelerator Program graduated its first class of eight teams last week (April 23) with a pitch presentation at the CMA Theater.

Put on by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the CMA, the boot camp offered $30,000 in seed money and mentorship for 14 weeks from the likes of CAA, Vector Management, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Universal Music Group, Spalding Entertainment, Dev Digital, Red Light Management, Maurice Miner, Jody Williams and Galante Entertainment.

The youngest of the seven additional entrepreneurial teams Mackenzie Stokel and Channing Moreland hosted a red carpet after party for their company EVAmore last night (April 28) at the palatial East Nashville’s East Ivy Mansion, a converted event space on Fatherland Street. Investors were in attendance at both events.

EVAmore is a startup providing event planners access to book reputable indie bands signed with the company. The event company is forming a strategic partnership with CAA and having preliminary discussions with Sony/ATV.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Project Music,” said Moreland during the evening’s gathering. “We are really excited for these pretty big investments and strategic partnerships we are forming.”

“EVAmore is the seamless way for you to book your entertainment,” said Stokel. “We’re trying to help [indie artists] get booked and paid.”

Next week the entrepreneurs will pay their way to meetings set up post-program in New York City with Sony Music and several other angel investors.

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Photo: Johnathan Jones

Photo: Johnathan Jones

Photo: Johnathan Jones

Photo: Johnathan Jones

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