Industry Ink: BMI, Buddy Lee Attractions, Foundation For Bluegrass Music

BMI, Cam, Skye Claire Celebrate Women In Radio


Pictured (L-R): Joe D’Angelo, SVP of HD Radio; Erica Farber, President/CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau; Cam; Skye Claire; Dan Spears, Vice President, Industry Relations, BMI.

Sony Music Nashville artist Cam and Mandolin Entertainment’s Skye Claire performed for the ninth annual Rising Through The Ranks Seminar at a private dinner in Nashville on Aug. 24.

The annual event, presented by The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), welcomed over 20 scholarship recipients.

The two-day seminar, held each year at BMI Nashville’s offices, focuses on motivating women in the radio industry and providing them with the tools and management techniques to help them carry out their role to the best of their ability.


John Berry Joins BLA

Pictured (L-R): Absolute Publicity's Don Murry Grubbs, BLA's Mike Meade (VP), Kat Boggs, Joe Lee, John Berry, BLA's Derek Shampine, Donna Lee (CEO/Co-owner), Aura Guadagno, Amy Aylward, John Roberson, David Kiswiney (Sr VP), Leadership Artists' Brian Smith

Pictured (L-R): Absolute Publicity’s Don Murry Grubbs, BLA’s Mike Meade (VP), Kat Boggs, Joe Lee, John Berry, BLA’s Derek Shampine, Donna Lee (CEO/Co-owner), Aura Guadagno, Amy Aylward, John Roberson, David Kiswiney (Sr VP), Leadership Artists’ Brian Smith

John Berry has joined Buddy Lee Attractions for live booking representation. Berry released his first album in three years, What I Love The Most, in June.

“We are proud to welcome John Berry to the BLA family,” says BLA Vice President, Mike Meade.  “He is an artist who consistently delivers great music with an incredible stage presence.”

“We are thrilled to be joining the BLA family of artists and agents and that’s really what it feels like… family,” adds Berry’s manager, Brian Smith. “John is very close friends with several of their artists and Donna, Mike, David and the entire staff have just made us feel so genuinely welcome. I knew when John and I left a meeting with them last week that this was the final piece to the puzzle we had been searching for. We are ready to dig in and work!”


Nancy Cardwell Joins Foundation For Bluegrass Music

Nancy Cardwell

Nancy Cardwell

Longtime bluegrass music industry member Nancy Cardwell has joined the Foundation for Bluegrass Music as its administrator. Cardwell served as Special Projects Director for the IBMA from 1994-2012. She also served as the trade association’s executive director from 2012-2015.

“The Foundation is delighted to have one of the architects of the highly effective Bluegrass in the Schools program back on board,” said Foundation Board chairperson Mark Panfil. “Nancy Cardwell is a highly organized individual with a real passion for the mission of the Foundation and the future of Bluegrass Music.”

The Foundation For Bluegrass Music launched in 2007 by IBMA to support bluegrass music-related educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities.

“If bluegrass music were a town, we would be your community foundation,” Cardwell explains. “We’re the ‘United Way’ of bluegrass music—a place to donate funds and set up endowments that will be used for bluegrass-related programs and projects that will keep the genre alive and growing for decades to come. As Mr. Monroe said, this music is powerful. We want to save the world with bluegrass music.”


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