Industry Ink: ACM Lifting Lives, C3 Artist Management, NSAI Song Contest

ACM Lifting Lives Opens Submissions For 2016 Grants

unnamed-2ACM Lifting Lives is inviting submissions for the 2016 grant cycle through Sept. 30, 2016. Through grant cycles, ACM Lifting Lives is able to provide funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection. Funding decisions will be made and programs will be notified in late October.

Among the organizations that have received funding previously are Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence, Alive Hospice, Bridges Academy; The Center for Courageous Kids, CreatiVets, Free Arts for Abused Children, LiveBeyond, Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, Music National Service Initiative, Musicians on Call, Notes for Notes, Peace thru Music, Porter’s Call, Possibilities!, the Quest Center for Art & Community Development, Rochelle Center, Rock for Kids, Shepherd Center Music Therapy, Tapping Individual Potential (T.I.P.), The Art of Elysium, Vanderbilt Music Therapy Program, W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, and Youth for Tomorrow – New Life Center.


C3 Artist Management Hires Arthur Penhallow

Arthur Penhallow

Arthur Penhallow

Arthur Penhallow has joined C3 Artist Management, and will work from both the Austin and Nashville offices. He joins the team after more than 16 years with Punch Enterprises (Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Whitey Morgan, Cody Jinks), alongside manager Punch Andrews.

He established the model of working radio directly from the management side, which proved a successful strategy for his clients, including most recently Cody Jinks‘ new album, I‘m Not The Devil, which sold more than 11,000 albums in its debut week, hitting No. 4 on the Billboard Country Charts and No. 18 overall. Both Jinks and Whitey Morgan will remain on Penhallow’s roster in his position at C3.

“C3 is an incredible company with A-class, top down leadership. The C’s have taken a vision and turned it into a powerful business that moves mountains. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this impressive team and am ready to give everything I’ve got for C3 Management,” said Penhallow.

Charlie Walker, C3 partner, said “Arthur’s background of working with great managers and artists gives him a unique perspective that we could not develop in house. We look forward to utilizing his expertise as we continue to grow C3 Management.”

Penhallow can be reached at [email protected].


NSAI, CMT Announce 17th Annual NSAI Song Contest

Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley/”Leaving Nashville” lyrics

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT have announced the 17th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest is open to all genres and submissions will be accepted until Oct. 31.

Prizes will be awarded to one Grand Prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner, one Lyric-Only winner, 10 Runners-Up, and 10 Honorable Mentions. The top 10 songs will be voted on by the fans in February and the song with the most fan votes will be the Grand Prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner.

The Grand Prize Winner will win $5,000 cash, a mentoring session with Capitol Records artist Charles Kelley, as well as additional prizes, including: a one-year single song contract with Roundhill Music, live performances at the 2017 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and The Bluebird Cafe, a three-day trip to Nashville, handwritten lyrics  to “Leaving Nashville” and more.

The Lyric-Only winner will win a mentoring session with Big Loud Shirt writer, Rodney Clawson, along with additional prizes. All entrants will receive a personalized scoring sheet.

Entries can be submitted online at or via mail to NSAI (a printable entry form can be found at Entry fees are $35 per song for current NSAI members and $45 per song for non-NSAI members. There is no limit to the number of songs that songwriters can submit.


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