Penny Gattis Joins Round Hill Music, Kari Smith Starts Management Company

Pictured (L-R): Penny Gattis, Kari Smith

Pictured (L-R): Penny Gattis, Kari Smith

Round Hill Music has added Penny Gattis to the position of Senior Director of A&R in the company’s Nashville office. Gattis is the former Director of Writer/Publisher Relations in BMI’s Nashville office.

While at BMI, Gattis developed new opportunities for BMI songwriters and publishers. She launched Sync THIS!, an exclusive, two-day networking and musical discovery gathering designed to connect Nashville talent and tastemakers with top music supervisors in 2013. Also, she helped create and coordinate BMI’s substantial calendar of local and national songwriter-focused showcases, seminars, and other events including Lollapalooza, Hangout, ACL, Key West Songwriter Festival, Fontanel Winter Songwriter Retreat, Maui Songwriter Festival, East Side Sounds and many more.

Before joining BMI, Gattis served as Creative Director at Tom-Leis Music and Love Monkey Music. A Wisconsin native, Gattis graduated from Nashville’s Belmont University with honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business degree.

Gattis can be reached at [email protected].

Additionally, Kari Smith has exited Round Hill Music to launch management company Hear Candy Music. Smith continues to work with Round Hill Music on behalf of Marti Frederiksen’s joint venture, Riding Songs. Hear Candy’s roster includes Frederiksen, Lindsey Lee, and band Loving Mary, as well as Riding Songs.

Smith can be reached at [email protected].


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