Industry Ink: IBMA Foundation, Smith & Wesley, AristoPR

IBMA Foundation Partners with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to Establish Endowment

The board of the IBMA Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Bluegrass Music) voted July 26 to move $50,000 of their undesignated funds into a new endowment managed by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, based in Nashville. Income earned by this endowment will return to the IBMA Foundation in perpetuity to help fund grants for educational programs and events that support the future of bluegrass music by introducing the music to upcoming generations of musicians and fans.

The IBMA Foundation awards $15,000 in grants annually, including $3,000 in mini-grants that help pay bands who present educational bluegrass music programs for children at schools and camps.


Smith & Wesley Sign With BFD

Country duo Smith & Wesley are prepping their second album For Better or For Worse. The duo’s Dream Walkin’ Records label has signed with national distribution company BFD via Orchard to handle all aspects of their current and future releases. The new album is due out this fall.


AristoPR Signs Kings Dining & Entertainment

Franklin-based restaurant and entertainment venue, Kings Dining & Entertainment has entered into a representation agreement with Nashville-based marketing and public relations firm, AristoPR, who will oversee publicity and public relations initiatives for the venue.

Located at CoolSprings Galleria, Kings Dining & Entertainment is a 25,000 square foot, 625 person-capacity-venue home to Kings Bowl, The Draft Room, The Royal Room, and The Whiskey Room Live. The venue offers guests unique entertainment experiences featuring luxury ten-pin bowling, table games, adult-geared “low tech” social games such as hoops and air hockey, and more. The Whiskey Room Live, Kings Bowl & The Draft Room feature an award-winning menu paired with upscale décor.  Their executive-chef designed menu is brought to life by “best-in-industry” service and various venue features, such as live music, karaoke, DJ’s, nightly promotions and deals for any size group.


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