Industry Ink: Country Radio Seminar, Merch Cat, Crowd Surf, Vices Verses Music

Country Radio Seminar Extends CRS Discount Deadline

CRS 2016 Logo

Country Radio Seminar has extended the deadline to receive a $100 discount on CRS 2016 registrations, available now through Jan. 11. Following the deadline, the $529 per person rate will increase to $629. To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Omni Hotel, visit

In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

Richlyn Marketing Adds Merch Cat To PR Roster

Merch Cat founder Melissa Ferrer.

Merch Cat founder Vanessa Ferrer.

Richlyn Marketing has added Merch Cat to its client roster for public relations. Merch Cat is a one-stop shop solution for merchandise sales and inventory management. Designed for performing artists, the app enables users to turn their stagefront into a successful storefront. Merch Cat founder Vanessa Ferrer developed the app and reporting component as a solution to her own challenges managing merchandise as an artist manager.

Crowd Surf Promotes Fulgum To Publicist Role

Kara Fulgum

Kara Fulgum

Crowd Surf founders, Cassie Petrey and Jade Driver, have promoted Kara Fulgum to the role of publicist. Fulgum joined Crowd Surf in 2014 as Publicity Assistant. In her new role, Fulgum will oversee publicity efforts for Crowd Surf’s country and Nashville-based clients. She will report to Driver and Petrey as well as Crowd Surf’s general manager, Teddy Cheek.

“Kara is absolutely incredible and hard-working, and we’re thrilled with her vision for taking our publicity department in Nashville to the next level,” said Petrey. “She has a very unique view and approach, and our clients are really going to benefit from this.”

Fulgum can be reached at [email protected].

Vices Verses Music Launches, Signs John Kennedy

Pictured (L-R): John Kennedy, Steve Freeman.

Pictured (L-R): John Kennedy, Steve Freeman.

Writer/Producer Steve Freeman has launched Vices Verses Music, an independent publishing and artist development company with offices and studios located in Nashville as well as Manhattan Beach, California.

Vices Verses’ first exclusive publishing agreement is with former Universal writer John Kennedy, whose hits include LeAnn Rimes’ “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way” and Jack Ingram’s “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely,” as well as cuts by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Billy Ray Cyrus, Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington.

“I have always been aware and a fan of both John and the huge hits he has written, but honestly, it was listening to the songs that he’s written in the last couple of years that sold me,” says Freeman. “I heard what he is currently writing and producing and knew we had to have him on our team and writing exclusively for us.”

The company will focus on signing new and established staff writers and producers, catalog acquisition and artist development. “It’s not enough to just write a great song these days, then place all of the pressure on your creative staff to find that song a home. Publishers, especially independents, have to be actively engaged in finding vehicles and outlets for their songs. That’s why we as a company will be putting our money where our mouth is creatively by utilizing our resources to find and sign talent across all genres that we want to work and write with, produce and develop for the next level,” adds Freeman.


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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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