Industry Ink: Big Loud, BMI, Warner/Chappell, Crowd Surf

Marc Rucker Joins Big Loud

Marc Rucker

Marc Rucker has joined Big Loud as Day to Day Manager for Chris Lane. Rucker’s career includes time working with Parallel Entertainment, and as a consultant for CrossHair Music.

He can be reached at [email protected].


BMI, Warner/Chappell Honor Rhett Akins

Pictured Front: (L-R): Kasey Akins, Warner Chappell’s Jessi Vaughn, BMI’s Jody Williams, Sonya Akins, Rhett Akins, Warner Chappell’s Ben Vaughn, BMI’s Leslie Roberts, Lisa Boullt, Pam Akins. Back Row: Warner Chappell’s Ryan Beuschel, BMI’s Mason Hunter and BMI’s David Preston (Photo: Steve Lowry)

Leading up to last week’s ACM Honors, BMI and Warner/Chappell Nashville honored ACM Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins with a special dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Akins was presented a series of BMI Million-Air Awards totaling over 35 million spins. If played back-to-back, these tracks would total over 240 years of continuous airplay.
“Quite a week for Rhett,” said President, Warner/Chappell Nashville, Ben Vaughn. “He was given more Million-Air Awards than I’ve ever seen given out in one sitting. Everyone in the Warner/Chappell family is so proud – it’s a great feeling to see him being recognized for his exceptional talent.”

The 19 Million-Air awards recognized some of Rhett’s greatest hits, including “Take A Back Road,” “Gimme That Girl,” “Dirt on My Boots,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “That Ain’t My Truck,” and many more. Akins was recognized the following evening at the ACM Honors as this year’s ACM Songwriter of the Year.

Crowd Surf Promotes H. Read Davis

Read Davis

Crowd Surf co-founders, Cassie Petrey and Jade Driver, announce the newly created role for Nashville team member H. Read Davis as Director of Creative Operations.

Davis will be responsible for managing all video/graphic/web/photo productions, overseeing all asset delivery on independent releases and all Content I.D. and Facebook Rights Manager initiatives. He will also handle playlisting placement for the company’s independent artists in platforms such as Spotify and YouTube, as well as oversee recruiting and training responsibilities for the company’s staff.

Before he started at Crowd Surf in 2014, Davis was a founding member of Nashville-based group The Westbound Rangers. In October 2016, he was promoted to Marketing Director at the company. Davis can be reached at [email protected]


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