Industry Ink: Sony Music Nashville, Project Music 2016 Accelerator, ‘Nash Country Weekly’, CRS

Kinney Moves From UMG to Sony Music Nashville

Mary Catherine Kinney

Mary Catherine Kinney

Mary Catherine Kinney has joined Sony Music Nashville as Manager, Media.  Reporting to Vice President, Media, Fount Lynch, Kinney will work closely with Lynch in support of his roster of artists, which includes Kenny Chesney, Tyler Farr, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, and Chris Young.

Most recently Coordinator of Media Marketing for Universal Music Group Nashville, Kinney is on the job now and can be reached at [email protected].


Music Tech Startups Named For Nashville Entrepreneur Center, CMA’s Project Music 2016 Accelerator

ProjectMusic16Seven music tech startups will join the sophomore cohort of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and CMA’s Project Music 2016 Accelerator. These music­-centric startups will be onsite at the EC for a 16­-week business building program that meets the unique needs of music-­minded entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the curriculum, community, connections, and capital necessary to turn their ideas into reality. Project Music saw a 55 percent increase in applications over the prior year, leading to tough competition for the coveted slots in this unique industry­-focused program.

The following entrepreneurial ventures were chosen for the 2016 program: (in alphabetical order):
Concert.Expert: Aladdin Schastlivy (Kiev, Ukraine)
Moodsnap: David Blutenthal (Nashville)
My Fans Demand: Shaun Cavanaugh (Nashville)
nicechart: Steve Morell (San Diego, California)
notetracks: Kam Lal (Montreal, Canada)
RecordGram: Erik Mendelson (Miami Beach, Florida)
Up Next: Ayinde Arnett (Chicago, Illinois)

Project Music co-­founder, Joe Galante, said, “The dramatic increase in both applicants and their geographic reach signifies a significant milestone for Project Music. It is the culmination of a great deal of effort at the EC lead by Stuart (McWhorter), Heather (McBee) and our initial investors.” Galante continues, “We look forward to helping this next cohort provide some solutions and opportunities for the entertainment business.”

Promotion, Hiring at Nash Country Weekly

Pictured (L-R): Chris Parton, Jim Casey

Pictured (L-R): Chris Parton, Jim Casey

Nash Country Weekly Editor in Chief Lisa Konicki has announced the promotion of Jim Casey to managing editor and the hiring of Chris Parton as deputy editor, effective immediately. The moves follow the exit of Nash Country Weekly Managing Editor Jon Freeman, who has begun working with Rolling Stone Country.

Casey joined the magazine as deputy editor in 2014 after serving as director of editorial at FIGHT! Magazine for five years. The Memphis native is a graduate of UT Chattanooga and the University of Memphis.

A Warsaw, New York, native, Parton was most recently a staff writer and producer for As a freelance journalist he’s contributed to Rolling Stone Country and Nashville Scene. He is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta.

“Jim’s work ethic and vision are vital in the often crazy-paced world of publishing a weekly magazine,” said Konicki. “And Chris’ reputation within the country music industry makes him the perfect addition to the Nash Country Weekly staff.”


Country Radio Seminar Offering Discount on CRS 2016 Registrations

CRS 2016 LogoCountry Radio Seminar is offering a $100 discount on CRS registrations, available now through Jan. 7, 2016. Following the deadline, the $529 per person rate will increase to $629. To register for the three-day event, visit

CRS will be held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Nashville’s Omni Hotel.


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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