Industry Ink: Smith & Wesley, Copperline Music Group, BMI, NCS

Smith & Wesley Sign With Artist Events Nashville

Country duo Smith & Wesley has inked a deal for booking representation with Artist Events Nashville. Smith & Wesley recently announced a national distribution deal with BFD via Orchard to handle all aspects of their current and future releases. As they ready their For Better or For Worse album, their “Hook Line & Sinker” single just cracked the Top 25.


Copperline Music Group Adds Marketing Manager

Copperline Music Group (CMG) continues to grow its team, adding Stephanie Onder as the company’s new Marketing Manager. In this role, Onder will actively manage the digital and promotional campaigns surrounding the label’s artist roster, working day-to-day with Craig Wayne Boyd, Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons, Ciera MacKenzie, and James Patrick Morgan.

BMI, Ohio Craft Brewers Association Team For BMI Nashville Songwriters Tour

BMI songwriters Will Bowen and Jason White perform at Grove City Brewing in Grove City, Ohio.

This August, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) proudly partnered with the Ohio Craft Brewers Association for the BMI Nashville Songwriters Tour that brought six Nashville songwriters to breweries in 11 cities and towns across the Buckeye state. The purpose of the tour was to give back to the many breweries in Ohio that support BMI songwriters through the licensing fees they pay, to shine a light on the craft of songwriting and to show the power of live music in driving business. The participating BMI songwriters included Hugh Mitchell, Jason White, Even Stevens, Aaron Barker, Will Bowen and Earl Bud Lee, who collectively have written No. 1 songs for country superstars including Garth Brooks, Eddie Rabbitt, Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Lonestar.

BMI songwriters Earl Bud Lee and Aaron Barker perform at Railroad Brewing in Avon, Ohio.


NCS To Hold NCS Weekend Intensive For Aspiring Songwriters And Artists

Pictured (L-R): John Chisum (NCS Founder and Managing Partner), John Mays (Centricity Music Director of A&R), and Robert Till (NCS Partner), pictured here at the Summer 2018 NCS Weekend Intensive. (NCS photo)

Nashville Christian Songwriters (NCS), a coaching and resource company, will hold its NCS Weekend Intensive, on Sept. 27-29 in Franklin, Tennessee. The three-day event aims to serve singer-songwriters, aspiring Christian music artists, and songwriters at any stage of their careers. The event will include coaching and speaking from John Chisum (NCS managing partner and formerly Director of Song Development for Integrity), Tom Jackson (producer for Lecrae, Casting Crowns, and more), John Mays (Director, A&R, for Centricity Music), Mike Harland (Director of Lifeway Worship, publisher and writer), and CCM artist Cindy Morgan.


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