Industry Ink: ASCAP Foundation, The Recording Academy, KCA, BLA

ASCAP Honored Nashville Songwriters in New York

Pictured (L-R): Brandon Lay, ASCAP Creative Director Robert Filhart, Brandon Ratcliff.

Pictured (L-R): Brandon Lay, ASCAP Creative Director Robert Filhart, Brandon Ratcliff.

The 20th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 9, honored Nashville ASCAP songwriters Brandon Lay and Brandon Ratcliff with The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adams and the Leon Brettler Award, respectively. Hosted by the ASCAP Foundation at Appell Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Colleen McDonough hosted the event.

Lay, a native of Jackson, Tennessee, is signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and, as an emerging artist, has toured with acts such as Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis, Darryl Worley and more. Ratcliff hails from northern Louisiana and moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue a career is music. The first song he wrote as a Music City songwriter was recently recorded by Alison Krauss and will appear on her next record.

The event also featured performances by additional award recipients Richard Marx, Joel Grey, Felicia Collins, Maisy Kay, Pascal LeBouef, Alastair Moock, Watson Lark, and Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould with cast members of The Invisible Thread.

The Recording Academy Nashville to Host Production Panel

pe_logoThe Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing will host a panel discussion focusing on business, economic and financial aspects of music production, Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6-8 p.m.

Titled “Lost in Transaction, SoundExchange: Get Plays, Get Paid,” panelists John Strohm (Senior Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP) and Linda Bloss-Baum (Senior Director, Artist and Industry Relations, SoundExchange) will discuss how revenue is tracked and collected, and how and what to register with SoundExchange to maximize income. Moderator will be Maureen Droney (Managing Director, P&E Wing).

Admission for Recording Academy voting and associate members is free by today. Guest admission is $25. Complimentary food and drink provided. RSVP to [email protected].

KCA Agency Signs Three, Including Radney Foster


Keith Case and Associates (KCA)—an artist representation agency—has signed Radney Foster, The Lonely Heartstring Band, and The Campbell Brothers. 

BLA Signs Exile



Exile has signed with Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc. (BLA) to continue their more than 50 years of touring.

BLA is the three-time recipient of CMA’s Talent Agency of the Year Award and two-time recipient of the Pollstar Independent Agency of the Year Award.


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