MusicPreneur Series To Tackle Networking, Touring And Tech

Pictured (L-R): Leslie Fram, Jody Williams, and Mackenzie Stokel.

Pictured (L-R): Leslie Fram, Jody Williams, and Makenzie Stokel.

The third annual MusicPreneur series, presented by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Music City Music Council and Young Entertainment Professionals, will begin July 12.

Among the panelists during the series will be CMT’s Leslie Fram, BMI’s Jody Williams, and EVAmore’s Makenzie Stokel.

This year’s topics include career growth and maintenance, the live music business, and technology’s impact on access to music. The series is incorporated into the EC’s year-round Project Music initiative and each session includes networking time, a panel discussion with Q&A and a “Resource Village” of partners for young professionals and entrepreneurs. All sessions are held at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, located at 41 Peabody Street in Nashville. Tickets are available at

“MusicPreneur provides a unique opportunity to support Nashville’s growing scene of young professionals,” states Joe Galante, EC Board Member and Co-Chair of MC2. “The entrepreneurial spirit at the EC coupled with the Council’s experienced industry leaders have the ability to showcase the expanding opportunities in the entertainment industry to YEP membership and others new to the community.”

Session I: Tuesday, July 12 / 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Topic: Growing & Maintaining A Career In The Music Biz
About: A multigenerational dialogue about the tips and tricks for growing and maintaining a career in the music industry. It will include a discussion about work/life balance, the role of mentorship, networking secrets, social media’s impact, working for an indie versus a major company, the entrepreneurial path and other insights to growing and maintaining a career in the entertainment industry.
Moderator Andrew Cohen (Suit Music, YEP Board Member). Panelists: Leslie Fram (SVP/Music Strategy, CMT), Jody Williams (Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI), and Makenzie Stokel (COO, EVAmore)

Session II: Tuesday, Aug. 9 / 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Topic: Buses, Bookings & Box Offices: Opportunities in the Live Music Biz
About: Panelists will be guided through representing the artist, manager, promoter and booking agent perspectives through a multifaceted dialogue outlining the growing impact of live music and merchandise revenues, the challenges faced by touring artists and their teams and the innovation and career opportunities in live music.
Moderator/Justine Avila (Executive Director, Mayor’s Music City Music Council)

Session III: Tuesday, Sept. 13 / 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Topic: Tech-Yea: How Tech is Changing Access to Music
About: The session will explore how technology’s impact is enabling faster, more frequent releases and enabling more music engagement than ever. Panelists will discuss how artists and labels are using technology to break the traditional release model, engage fans and market themselves while being challenged by shrinking margins and smaller revenue streams.
Moderator/Heather McBee (VP, Accelerator Programming, EC)



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