Curb Consolidates Curb Music Publishing, Word Music Publishing, And Wordcountry

Janine Appleton Ebach

Mike Curb has announced the formation of Curb | Word Music Publishing. This entity will combine the music publishing enterprises Curb Music Publishing, Word Music Publishing and Wordcountry into one powerhouse company.

Janine Appleton Ebach, who is currently the Head of Wordcounty, will be elevated to the position of Vice President of Curb | Word Music Publishing. She will report to Josh Bailey, SVP A&R & Publishing for Curb | Word Entertainment and Jim Ed Norman, CEO, Recorded Music and Publishing for Curb | Word Entertainment.

“We are very fortunate to have Janine leading this team. She’s achieved tremendous success with Wordcountry and I’m confident that success will continue on as we further unite the Curb and Word teams,” comments Mike Curb, Chairman of Curb | Word Entertainment.

“The success of Wordcountry speaks directly to Janine’s remarkable leadership ability. Her keen creative sense and her strong artist relations skills make her a perfect fit for Curb | Word combined venture. The same creative spirit that led to her phenomenal success with Wordcountry will no doubt inform her new role with Curb | Word Music Publishing,” comments Jim Ed Norman.

A native of Missouri, Appleton joined Word Music Publishing in 2013, after spending 7+ years at THIS Music Publishing as Creative Director. In September of 2017, she was instrumental in the creation of Word’s extraordinarily successful Country division, Wordcountry.

Since its inception and under Appleton’s direction, Wordcountry has had cuts in multiple genres, along with three No. 1 Country Singles, most recently the Gold-certified song “Singles You Up” (Jordan Davis); Platinum-certified “Sleep Without You” (Brett Young) and “Heartache On The Dance Floor” (John Pardi).

Wordcountry also has current singles on the charts by Trent Harmon & Danielle Bradbery and several others due in the coming months.

“I’m extremely humbled and excited to expand my current role from Head of Wordcountry to VP of Curb | Word Music Publishing. I’m honored to lead and combine these great publishing companies into one joint force. There are many talented writers and artists on both rosters that I will now have the privilege to represent, and I look forward to celebrating many successes as a unit in this new season for Curb | Word Publishing,” comments Appleton.

Reporting to Appleton will be Colt Murski, Senior Creative Director and Nina Jenkins, Creative Manager.

Appleton earned a Music Business degree from the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. She is a current nominee for the 2018 AIMP ‘Song Champion of the Year’ and is an active member of the W.O. Smith School Board.


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