Industry Ink: Belmont Book Award, NMPA, SOLID

Tamara Saviano’s Guy Clark Biography Earns Belmont Book Award

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark by Tamara Saviano is the winner of the Belmont Book Award for the best book on country music during calendar year 2016. The announcement was made by Dr. Don Cusic, Chair of the Belmont Book Award, which will be presented on Friday, June 2 at the annual awards luncheon at the International Country Music Conference held at Belmont University.

“The Belmont Book Award holds a special place in my heart because many of my favorite music writers are past recipients. I am honored to be in their company,” Saviano said.


NMPA S.O.N.G.S. Foundation Hosts Inaugural Los Angeles Golf Tournament

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) S.O.N.G.S. Foundation hosted the inaugural Los Angeles golf tournament to raise funds for songwriters and compositions education programs.

Songwriters who played to support their fellow creators included Niall Horan, Phillip Phillips, Ed Roland, Joe King, Mike Post, Adam Anders, DallasK, Ross Golan, Michael Baiardi, Dave Merenda, Jamie Jones, PJ Bloom, Jeff Russo, Mike Post, Gabe Saporta, Ben Margulies, Tom Kelly, Dave Bassett, Doug Brown and Julian Bunetta. Among the participants were a combined seven Grammys and 42 No. 1 hits.

The golfers joined music industry executives and Foundation supporters including Irving Azoff, Rick Krim, John Frankenheimer, Alison Smith, Michael Closter, Chip McLean, Jody Klein and many more.

The NMPA S.O.N.G.S. Foundation recently established the first-ever songwriter endowment at Middle Tennessee State University, a songwriting endowment at Belmont University and the first-ever songwriting specific scholarship at the L.A. College of Music.


SOLID Announces 18th Annual Crawfish Boil

The Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) announced their 18th Annual Crawfish Boil on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Sony/ATV parking lot, located at 8 Music Sq. W. in Nashville. Admission is free, as well as food and drinks. Food will be provided by Papa Bordreaux Catering and beer will be provided by Lagunitas. Sponsors for the 18th Annual Crawfish boil include: Blue Chair Bay, Artistnoize, Code Word, Lyft +Ride Codes and Allan’s Logo.

SOLID has also partnered with Lyft to provide a safe ride to and from the event. New to Lyft? Get 2 Free rides (up to $10 each) at or download the app and enter promo code SOLIDCD. Already have Lyft? Save 15% off to and from the event with promo code SOLIDCB15.

SOLID was created in 1997 with the vision to develop a community for music industry professionals to network and brainstorm, while also providing educational opportunities for entry to mid-level professionals.


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