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Scott Hamilton Tapped For CRS Keynote

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, and best-selling author Scott Hamilton will be the keynote speaker at Country Radio Seminar 2017. CRS President Charlie Morgan will conduct the interview on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 – 5:00 p.m.

As a first time guest of Country Radio Seminar, Hamilton will inspire others through his motivational story and how to overcome life’s obstacles. Hamilton captured the attention of the world in 1984 with his Olympic gold medal performances in Saravejo. He continues to share his passion for the sport as a commentator, performer, and author (Landing It, 1999; The Great Eight, 2009).

As a cancer survivor, Hamilton launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, and the 4th Angel Mentoring Program. He is also the founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, TN, in partnership with the Nashville Predators. Hamilton was diagnosed with his third brain tumor in October, but faced the news with his trademark positive attitude.

The $599 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at

BMI Hosts Holiday Tree Lighting

 Pictured: (L-R): BMI’s Mike O’Neill, Anderson Benson’s George Anderson, Mayor Megan Barry, Anderson Benson’s Brent Daughrity and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Steve Lowry.

Pictured: (L-R): BMI’s Mike O’Neill, Anderson Benson’s George Anderson, Mayor Megan Barry, Anderson Benson’s Brent Daughrity and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Steve Lowry.

BMI hosted its 22nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration Dec. 8 with a full house of BMI employees, family and industry friends. Sponsored by Anderson Benson, party-goers were encouraged to bring a gift for Toys for Tots and collected almost 100 presents. BMI’s Jody Williams toasted to another great year in Nashville and wished everyone a happy holiday season.



Catch This Music Writer’s Ink Signs Trannie Stevens

Catch This Music Writer’s Ink has signed rising songwriter Trannie Stevens. She arrived in Nashville 16 months ago and was the 2016 winner of Texas Songwriter U, a contest judged by Liz Rose, Jack Ingram, and Radney Foster.

“Our CTM Writer’s INK family is so excited to have Trannie Stevens join our team of creators,” said President/CEO Eddie Robba. “Trannie is a writer that’s willing to step outside of the box and strives to push for deep lyric and inspiring melodies.”

Stevens said, “I deeply value relationships, daily growth, and pushing the envelope within the best genre in the world, country music. I’m so glad CTM is a place where I can be myself and am surrounded by people and writers with the same mentality. God is so good!”

Stevens has opened concerts for Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, Eric Paslay and Jack Ingram.



(YEP) Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Executive Director Amelia Varni of Universal Music Publishing Group (headshot attached, photo credit: Dallas Wilson)

Amelia Varni will serve as Executive Director of (YEP). She works at Universal Music Publishing Group. Photo: Dallas Wilson.

Nashville’s Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) announces the 2017 Board of Directors led by Executive Director Amelia Varni. The 2017 Board of Directors includes Alina Thompson (Country Music Association), Caroline Melby (Belmont University), Christina Wiltshire (Sea Gayle Music), Garrison Snell (Gyrosity Projects), Jaclyn Carter (Shore Fire Media), Jarrod Holley (Suit Music Management), Katie Roth (Creative Nation) and Rachel Knight (Turnipblood Entertainment/The Knight Agency). Catherine Moore (Farris, Self and Moore) will continue as the organization’s treasurer.

YEP’s 2017 “Alumni Class” includes Andrew Cohen (Suit Music) and MaryAnn Keen (BMI), who founded the organization at Tin Roof in Nashville six years ago.

“I’m honored to have been chosen by the board to carry this responsibility,” says Varni. “Andrew [Cohen] has been extremely helpful leading me through this transition for the past six months. We’re looking forward to YEP’s growth in 2017 with the help of our team and Nashville’s continued support.”


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