Project Music Accelerator Welcomes Third Year Participants

The third year of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and CMA’s Project Music Accelerator kicked off this week with a new set of tech startups ready to learn from Nashville’s business leaders and industry insiders. The 16-week program will immerse the budding entrepreneurs into Nashville’s $11 billion-plus music industry, introducing them to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting them to the investment community while helping them grow their startups.

This year’s participants are Event Escrow’s CEO Ben Hodge,(Texas); EyeBuy TV’s CEO Todd Coulter (California); Scripturally Sound’s CEO Kimberly Lannear (Tennessee); and Hi Karl’s CEO Florian Doumenc (New York). With over 120 applications from around the globe, the program welcomes participants from the United States, France, Spain, Australia and Mexico.

Industry veteran Stephen Linn joins the EC team as the program’s Music Entrepreneur in Residence to work hands-on with the participants and to further build the industry connections and curriculum. Eleven leading industry individuals and businesses including artist managers, major labels, artists, publishing, PROs and more are supporting the startups with investment capital.

CMA’s title sponsorship is rejoined this year by LaunchTN, Pinnacle Bank, BMI, Belmont University, Linda & Doug Howard, Rock/Paper/Scissors and the Music Biz Association.

“The Project Music accelerator continues to be supported by virtually every aspect of the music industry,” noted Joe Galante, Project Music co-founder and EC master mentor. “Managers, major labels, artists, publishing, PRO’s, and industry leaders have come together to not only provide funding, but to identify and nurture opportunities to advance the industry through tech innovation.”

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