Industry Ink: CRB, Jeff Walker, Tom Douglas, Berklee Career Salaries Study

Country Radio Broadcasters Honor Jeff Walker

The Country Radio Broadcasters organization has dedicated a memorial plaque to the late Jeff Walker. The plaque now hangs in the CRB office.

Pictured (L-R): Christy Walker-Watkins, XX, Jon Walker

Pictured (L-R): Christy Walker-Watkins, Terri Walker, Jon Walker


Songwriters Allen Shamblin, Tom Douglas Release Second Video In New Series

Pictured (L-R): Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin

Pictured (L-R): Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin

“Legacy,” the second song and video in the four-song, four-music video project from award winning songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin and is now available for viewing at Shatter the Madness is an ambitious undertaking from two of music’s most prolific songwriters.

“In my lifetime, I’ve never seen our country and this world in such a desperate place,” Shamblin said. “Hope is under attack. The hard working people of this country look around and see things aren’t getting any better for them.  They do everything right, but it seems the deck is stacked against them. What do you do with that outlook? How can you make it better when it feels like there’s no hope?”

“Politics and politicians have definitely gone to a very dark place in our country,” Douglas added.  “It’s almost impossible to have a civil discussion about the candidates.  And it is impossible for the candidates to have a civil discussion with each other.  People are frustrated and seem to think that there’s nothing we can do to make it better. Allen and I share that frustration.  That’s why we decided to do this project—we needed to add another, more hopeful voice to the conversation.”

The four songs (“The House That Built Me,” “Legacy,” “Good Man Gone Bad” and “Shatter the Madness”) follow one protagonist throughout the project, as he goes from happiness to despair and anger, eventually returning to love and hope. Each music video opens with a conversation between Allen and Douglas, discussing each song and the inspiration behind them. The songs and videos will also be released to iTunes as they premiere on the website.


Berklee Releases 2016 Edition Of Music Careers In Dollars And Cents


The Boston music college Berklee has released the 2016 edition of Music Careers in Dollars and Cents, its comprehensive directory of salary ranges for U.S. music positions in performance, writing, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. A new section, Digital/Streaming Media, details salaries for emerging career paths including social media specialist, director of content, search engine optimization specialist, licensing manager, and interaction experience/user interface designer.

Positions with six figure earning potential include orchestra musician and conductor, artist manager, music attorney, booking agent, concert promoter, video game audio director and audio tool developer, live sound (front of house engineer), and record producer and engineer.

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