Industry Ink: Starstruck Entertainment, Average Joes, AIMP

Starstruck’s Cliff Williamson Earns BEST Award

Pictured: Vol State President, Jerry Faulkner (left) presents the award to Cliff Williamson of Starstruck Entertainment.

Starstruck Entertainment’s Cliff Williamson was recently honored with a 2017 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award. The BEST Award celebrates the accomplishments of community leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It recognizes those who share knowledge and expertise, advocate, and foster student success in pre-K through postsecondary education.

The North Central P-16 Council makes the awards each year. P-16 is made up of area secondary school educators, higher education leaders and business people. The North Central Council is led by Volunteer State Community College. The goal of P-16 is to promote the relationship between education and the value of work, develop a highly trained workforce, and create a culture of lifelong learning by positively impacting student success through awareness, advocacy, and action. The BEST Award winners were honored by the Council at a meeting recently.


Average Joes Expands Team

Average Joes Entertainment has expanded its team, with Bryn Person joining as Lead Designer. A graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Person’s background includes branding and design for top music industry artists and corporate clients.

Tennessee native, Keegan Thomas, also joins Average Joes as Creative Designer. A self-taught graphic artist specializing in creative development, Thomas’ original concepts have been featured in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine,, and numerous publications throughout the Southeast.

Bryn and Keegan’s initial creative design will be featured in the upcoming campaign and video for Charlie Farley’s new single, “Where I’m From,” launching on Oct 27, and Cypress Spring’s video for “How We Ride” coming soon.


AIMP Welcomes NMPA’s David Israelite For Legislative Update

PIctured (L-R): Dale Bobo (Big Deal Music), Brad Peterson (Regions Bank), Michael Martin (ASCAP), David Israelite, John Ozier (ole), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Tim Hunze (Parallel Entertainment), Michael McAnally Baum (SMACKSongs)

The Nashville chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) welcomed NMPA’s David Israelite for a legislative update at Sambuca. Israelite spoke to 120 AIMP members and guests of the current state of the music publishing industry and the proposal for overhauling income processing of music streaming, which includes a plan to introduce and administer blanket mechanical licensing. After the update, the room was open for questions from the membership. 


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