BMI Promotes Nina Carter To Associate Director, Writer-Publisher Relations

Nina Carter

Nina Carter

Nina Carter has been promoted to Associate Director, Writer-Publisher Relations, in Nashville. Carter moved to Nashville last year from BMI’s Atlanta office, where she was heavily involved with the planning and execution of the BMI Hip Hop and R&B Awards, local showcases, and South by Southwest offerings.

While in the Nashville office, she has been a key component of the success of the Eastside Sounds showcases, Maui Songwriters Festival, and Mountain High Music Festival, in addition to managing relationships with songwriters. Her new role will see her signing and providing service to writers in indie, rock, hip hop, film and TV, and country, as well as providing new showcase opportunities for artists in these genres.

“Nina Carter is a dynamic individual with creative and organizational skills that make her a perfect fit for our department,” says Jody Williams, Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Nashville. “She came to us after working for three years in BMI’s Atlanta office. For the last six months she has assisted Mark Mason in planning and executing the many events our department produces. She has a great ear for all kinds of music and is a tremendous help to emerging and established songwriters.”

Carter is an Athens, Georgia, native, and graduate of the University of Georgia Music Business program. She began as an intern for the historic Georgia Theatre, following the tragic fire in 2009, to assist with fundraising and event management. After graduating from UGA, Carter went on the road with Atlanta-based company Shimon Presents to promote, recruit and manage volunteers onsite at music festivals like Bonnaroo, Hangout Festival, Wakarusa, All Good and Electric Forest Festival. She lived in Austin, Texas, for two years, where she worked for South By Southwest as Music Panels Coordinator and Special Projects Assistant.

In July 2012, Carter relocated to Atlanta to work in Writer-Publisher Relations at BMI, where she has been an invaluable part of the team ever since. She is a lively member of the music community, leading the Nashville chapter of the non-profit organization We’re hEAR For You, whose mission is to increase awareness of noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention and the use of earplugs among the music community.

IFPI Selects SoundExchange To Power ISRC Search Site


SoundExchange has announced its new ISRC Search Site, designed to benefit the music industry by providing instant access to SoundExchange’s database of sound recording information. SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site improves efficiency and transparency and demonstrates SoundExchange’s commitment to the music industry.

A free service that provides 24/7 access to data, SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site will help all parties through improved tracking and reporting of sound recording usage. The database includes nearly 20 million ISRCs reported to SoundExchange.

“SoundExchange is at the center of digital music, with unparalleled expertise in royalty administration and music metadata. We created this critical resource to improve our own efficient royalty processing, and we are delighted now to give the music community access to this much-needed data,” SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to develop products and services that help the music industry move forward. We eliminate friction through better and more efficient technology solutions, so creators in the music community can focus on the music.”

International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs), the standard for identifying sound recordings, aid in pinpointing the tens of millions of unique sound recordings in commercial releases worldwide, and SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site makes visible its sound recording metadata linked to the ISRC identifier. While the database does not contain a listing of every ISRC ever issued, it contains the vast majority of commercially active recordings sourced by thousands of rights owners, with more listings added every day.

While ISRC data is available elsewhere, the site aims to provide the information in a comprehensive manner.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which manages the ISRC system globally under an appointment from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), selected the SoundExchange repertoire database to power the ISRC lookup capability on its own website.

“The ISRC Search Site will give a new level of accessibility to help musicians, performers, managers, music publishers, and many others understand where their music has been used whilst also facilitating more accurate reporting by users of digital music. With the quantity of data expected to grow as we move deeper into the digital age, this tool will be vital to ensuring better communication throughout the music ecosystem,” IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore said. “We’re delighted that SoundExchange has developed this much-needed tool to help our record company members. As the world’s biggest CMO, they have an unparalleled platform to deliver the underlying technology and data this industry needs.”

Kristofferson Tribute Concert Adds Six Artists, Opens Block Of Seats

Kris Kristofferson. Photo: Marina Chavez

Kris Kristofferson. Photo: Marina Chavez

Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, and Shooter Jennings have been added to the concert taping for The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on March 16 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Previously confirmed artists include Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr., and Lee Ann Womack. Kristofferson will perform with a number of special guests throughout the evening.

A final block of seats is now available at Ticketmaster and at the Bridgestone Arena box office.

T.J. Martell Foundation is the official charity partner of the show.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director and will lead an all-star band. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music and digital).

Losers Bar And Grill Opens Las Vegas Location At MGM Grand



Nashville mainstay Losers Bar and Grill opened a “pop-up” location at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand during the National Finals Rodeo in December, but now it seems the location will be permanent. Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill replaces the Rouge Lounge, which opened in the MGM Grand in 2007. The Las Vegas Losers location is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and includes a corner stage for live events.

The original Losers opened in Nashville in 2005, and later opened a second location in Franklin, Tennessee. One of the bar’s original owners is George Strait manager Erv Woolsey.

Strait was the first headliner to be announced for the new T-Mobile Arena, west of the Strip. The MGM Resorts International property will host Strait beginning in April.

Artist Updates: Sam Hunt, Kristian Bush, Kellie Pickler, Dan + Shay

Sam Hunt Joins 2016 Carnival LIVE Lineup

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt will perform two shows as part of the 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup. He will appear on stage while the ships Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Splendor are docked in Cozumel on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, respectively. Comedians Jim Gaffigan and Chris Tucker are also confirmed for Carnival LIVE performances. Tickets range from $30 to $75 for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $100 to $250 and offer seating in the first five rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.


Kristian Bush Releases “Say Yes to the Dress” Theme


Kristian Bush has written, recorded, and released the song “Forever Now (Say Yes),” which is the new theme for TLC’s hit series, Say Yes to the Dress. Coming up later in the season, Bush will make a cameo appearance to help his guitar tech’s fiancée, classic country girl Evyn, find the perfect dress. Bush’s first trip to Kleinfeld Bridal (where the show is set) and an inside look at the magic of wedding dress shopping inspired him to write the song. Bush is currently working on his first album for BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records.


Kellie Pickler Will Be Inducted Into North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

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Kellie Pickler will be among the 2016 inductees into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 20 in Kannapolis. Pickler is from Albemarle. Other inductees include rock band The Avett Brothers, beach music pioneers Band of Oz, late funk guitarist Chuck Brown, old-time string band Rhiannon Giddens & The Carolina Chocolate Drops, late jazz musician Percy Heath, folk musician and storyteller David Holt, and The Temptations’ Ron Tyson.


Dan + Shay Confirmed For Good Morning America

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay will perform “From The Ground Up,” on March 18 on ABC’s Good Morning America. Written by Chris DeStefano and the duo’s Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, the romantic new single is the first song to be released off their forthcoming album due out later this year via Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville. The release comes as a follow up to their No. 1 hit, “Nothin’ Like You,” which was honored with a nomination for favorite country song from the Radio Disney Music Awards.

Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Bill Anderson To Perform At Tin Pan South


More than 40 artist/writers are among those set to perform during the 24th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, presented by Regions Bank and slated to be held April 5-9 in Nashville.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare will be joined by Clint Black and Steve Wariner. Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and others will also perform, as well as The First Lady of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas.

Last year close to 350 talented songwriters performed 92 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues.

Venues this year include 3rd & Lindsley, Blue Bar, The Bluebird Café, Commodore Grille, The Country, Douglas Corner Café, Hard Rock Café Nashville, The Listening Room Café, Station Inn and Whiskey Rhythm Saloon.

Fast Access Passes will go on sale at 10 a.m. today, March 8, at Individual tickets will be available at the door of most shows, and prices range from $10-25.

‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Returns May 1


The American Country Countdown Awards will return on May 1, airing on FOX at 7 p.m. ET.

FOX, Cumulus Media, and dick clark productions have re-teamed to bring the three-hour live awards show to fans. During the previous American Country Countdown Awards show, Jason Aldean was named Artist of the Year, while Luke Bryan took home Male Vocalist of the Year, and Miranda Lambert took home Female Artist of the Year.

American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks celebrates its 43rd year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets.

This year’s host, performers, and location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mark Wright Leads You42 Nashville Office


Mark Wright

Former Show Dog-Universal head Mark Wright has been named President of the new Nashville office for Atlanta-based entertainment business You42. You42 is a social entertainment network that aims to reinvent how users discover, interact, and collaborate with entertainment content through a single, integrated experience.

Also joining Wright at You42 are former Show Dog radio reps Macy Morgenthaler and Laurie Gore. Morgenthaler joins You42 as VP/Artist Relations & Creative Content, while Gore joins as Sr. Director of Operations.

“Opening an office in Nashville was a no brainer for You42,” says CEO Chris Moreau. “Doing business in the heart of Music City gives us access to some of the best talent in the industry.”

You42 aims to create multiple new revenue opportunities for musicians, filmmakers, athletes, and other media creators to monetize their brands and content to the fullest. The company’s site claims it will distribute 98 percent of all sales back to the social network community.

Gibson Brands’ Henry Juszkiewicz Responds To Credit Downgrade

Gibson_Script_BLACK_hiresNashville-based Gibson Brands has had its credit downgraded by Moody’s, lowering the brand’s corporate family rating (CFR) to Caa1 from B3, due to poor sales of its 2015 guitar models, high leverage, risk associated with the consumer electronics business, and high turnover among senior financial management. The downgrade also reflects the risk that the company may not be able to meet near-term financial commitments, according to Moody’s.

“The downgrade reflects the weak performance and the resulting very high leverage and also the additional financial obligations Gibson incurred from its agreement with a consumer electronics supplier to settle overdue payables and the stress it puts on company’s liquidity profile,” said Kevin Cassidy, Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investors Service.

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO Gibson Brands, released the following statement:

The company has posted quarterly results for our quarter ending December 2015 that were materially better than they were for the prior year. While we experienced a soft reception to our 2015 products, we have since introduced our improved 2016 product line that is performing extremely well both in sales to retailers and sell through to consumers globally. We feel we are on an upward trend, poised for an excellent year and are confident of the future.

We also recently brought on board an outstanding new CFO after our former CFO left to start a new business. We feel the addition of a world-class CFO who has a global background with several major companies has significantly improved our capabilities in this area.

We tripled the size of our business one year ago and have been integrating a substantial new business. It is not unusual to have some speed bumps in the integration process of a major new global entity. We believe we are progressing well and are very excited about this coming year.

As part of our continued commitment to Nashville and American manufacturing, we continue to hire people and expand. We also hope to start manufacturing consumer audio products in our Nashville manufacturing campus within the year.

According to Moody’s, Gibson Brands needs to generate cash flow to address its $36 million financial obligations to a consumer electronics supplier by December 2016, as well as its subsequent $62 million obligation by December 2017. Over the longer term, an upgrade could be considered if Gibson improves and sustains its operating performance.

Gibson Brands Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and globally distributes premium musical instruments, consumer and professional audio and video products, information products, and related accessories. The company’s product offerings are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Gibson, Philips, Epiphone, Kramer, Baldwin, Onkyo, KRK, and Stanton.

Tour Notes: Rascal Flatts, Reba and Brooks & Dunn, Tyler Farr

Rascal Flatts Returning With Rhythm And Roots Tour

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts have announced their Rhythm and Roots Tour with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane (“Fix”). The itinerary begins June 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band wrapped their residency in Las Vegas on Saturday (March 5).

“It’s really important to us that each year our shows are fresh and exciting for our fans,” said Jay DeMarcus. “We put a lot of thought into how to do that this year and mixing it up in Vegas was really fun so we decided to continue with this new change of pace out on the road this summer. We are so pumped because no-one has ever seen Rascal Flatts like this before and we’re really excited to have such great support this year with Kelsea and Chris too, it’s going to be a blast!”


Reba, Brooks & Dunn Add July Dates In Las Vegas

Reba and Brooks & Dunn 2015

Reba and Brooks & Dunn have added nine more dates to their Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Since launching the residency last summer, they have played 18 consecutive sold-out shows to more than 75,000 fans. Tickets to the new shows go on sale Friday (March 11). The new dates are July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, and 30.

Fans also have a chance to catch the trio this spring when they next return to The Colosseum for six previously-announced performances. Tickets are on sale now for shows on May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, and14.


Tyler Farr Secures Old Milwaukee Beer Sponsorship

Tyler Farr

Tyler Farr

Columbia Nashville artist Tyler Farr has announced a tour and video partnership with Old Milwaukee Beer to run through the end of 2016. Farr has invited Old Milwaukee to be part of his tour dates including his bus, backstage and VIP areas.

The newly formed partnership will feature multiple custom videos that showcase the humor and lifestyle of both Farr and the Old Milwaukee Beer brand.

“I’ve been holding this secret in for several months and now I can finally let the cat out of the bag. I’m so excited for this one of a kind partnership with Old Milwaukee. We’re going to have a lot of fun out there and I invite all of my fans to come out to shows and join us,” says Farr. “While I’ve been on vocal rest these past few months, I’ve been mentally preparing for when I hit the road next; which will be very soon. I’m ready to bring my energy back to my fans that have been so incredibly supportive. I’m just about ready! I hope the world is!!”