Industry Ink: ACM, Anderson Benson, SOLID, Grand Ole Opry

ACM New Hire, Promotion

Tommy Moore, Mary Pambukyan

The Academy of Country Music promoted Tommy Moore to Senior Director, Governance & Board Administration, alongside the addition of Mary Pambukyan, who recently joined the Academy as Junior Staff Accountant.


New Hires For Anderson Benson

Pictured: Sarah Anderson, Cynthia Russell

Anderson Benson, an independent Nashville-based insurance and risk management firm, has added two new Account Managers–Sarah Anderson and Cynthia Russell.

Anderson joins Anderson Benson from Willis Towers Watson where she most recently served as a client service specialist. Russell joins Anderson Benson from Marsh McLennan Agency. She has experience with a variety of insurance and risk management needs for businesses. She has relocated to Nashville from West Palm Beach to join Anderson Benson.


SOLID Sets New Record With Annual Music Market

Pictured (L-R): SOLID Music Market Co-Chair Grayson Flatness (CAA), SOLID Music Market Chair Erin Pettit (FBMM), CMA Director of Community Outreach Tiffany Kerns, CMA Community Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Jones, SOLID Secretary Elise Anderson (Nashville Music Media), CMA Senior Manager of Events Kris Kennedy, and SOLID Treasurer Amanda Remo (Martin Allbee & Associates). Photo by Lyndsey McFarlane.

The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) set a new record last week, raising over $74,000 at their annual Music Market during CMA Music Festival – breaking a previous record of $60,000 raised. $12,000 has been donated in support of the CMA Foundation.

Though previously a one-day event held at Bridgestone Arena and set up similar to a flea market, this year’s Music Market featured a few different ways to purchase and/or bid on items – including its new Backstage Auction, which took place in CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X (Music City Center) over the course of the four-day festival. The silent auction gave fans an opportunity to bid on exclusive artist merchandise, unique fan experiences, elite weekend packages, premiere concerts, signed instruments, one-of-a-kind artist & fan engagement opportunities and more from their favorite artists.


Grand Ole Opry Debuts For Tenille Townes, Paul Cauthen

Pictured (L-R): Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment Group; Marion Kraft, Shopkeeper Management; Ken Robold, COO, Sony Music Nashville; Tenille Townes; 
Crystal Dishmon, Shopkeeper Management; Sally Williams, General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations

Newcomers Tenille Townes and Paul Cauthen recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut performances.  Columbia Nashville artist Townes made her debut on Saturday, June 23, performing “Where You Are” and “Jersey On The Wall,” both from her recently-released EP Living Room Worktapes.

Cauthen made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, June 22, the same day as the release of his seven-track project Have Mercy (Lightning Rod Records).

Pictured (L-R): Dallas Wayne; Jeannie Seely; Paul Cauthen; Gina Keltner, Director of Opry Talent Scheduling and Logistics


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