Industry Ink: BMI, Drennan & Associates, Jeff Roberts & Associates, SongBird Tours

BMI Inks Long-Term Deal With DAOU Vineyards

DAOU Vineyards Proprietor Georges Daou and BMI’s Mason Hunter.

BMI and Paso Robles, California-based DAOU Vineyards have announced a long-term deal, with DAOU as BMI’s exclusive wine partner. DAOU wines have already been shared at BMI events including the BMI Country Awards, Maui Songwriters Festival, Troubadour Awards, and Rooftop series. Later this spring, the winery has plans to host a series of songwriter retreats for a group of curated BMI musicians.

“DAOU came to us with some really unique ideas to support our writers and artists, not just to get visibility for their wine,” says Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative, Nashville. “They’ve invited BMI writers and artists to visit their mountaintop winery in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles, be inspired by the wine, the scenery and the DAOU brothers’ own unique story – and use it as a writer’s retreat.”

Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou fled their homeland as children during the Lebanese civil war, after an errant missile hit their home. They moved with their French/Lebanese parents from Lebanon to France, then to the United States. “Struggle, love, loss, divine intervention…and success against all odds. Our story is all the things songs are made of,” DAOU Winemaker and Proprietor Daniel Daou said.

“Our journey to making world-class wine is really similar to what songwriters go through to get a hit song or to create a beautiful emotional expression that moves people,” Georges Daou added. “We want to support that struggle, that effort. So we’re developing this Artist-In-Residence program to give BMI artists and writers greater visibility on the national stage. And share a few glasses of fabulous wine along the way…”


New Office Space For Drennan & Associates

Pictured: Ashton Moody, Melinda Drennan, Cade Edwards

Nashville-based accounting firm Drennan & Associates has relocated to 60 Music Sq. E., Ste. 200 in Nashville. All emails, phone and fax numbers will remain the same. During the office transition, the company’s phones will be down on Thursday, Jan. 27 and Friday, Jan. 28. The team will be reachable via email.


Bethel Music, Jeff Roberts & Associates Partner For Touring Efforts

Bethel Music and Jeff Roberts & Associates (JRA) are partnering to support the touring efforts of Bethel Music. The collective of artists that form Bethel Music have been taking their music across the U.S. and around the world, including a recent trek in the UK. JRA has been serving artists for 33 years, including notables like Casting Crowns, for KING & COUNTRY, Matt Maher, Skillet and more. 

“JRA has long admired the amazing things happening with Bethel Music and all of their leaders,” shares Jeff Roberts, President of JRA. “We are beyond excited to now be able to partner with and represent them as we strive to expand what they are doing globally to impact the world.”

Amongst the roster JRA will represent from the Bethel Music family is Brian and Jenn Johnson, Cory Asbury, Josh Baldwin, Kalley Heiligenthal, Paul and Hannah McClure, Kristene DiMarco, Hunter Thompson, Sean Feucht, Bethany Wohrle and Emmy Rose.

“Over the years we’ve built a relationship with the Jeff Roberts Agency through many of their amazing artists they represent,” shares Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor. “We have felt the way they’ve cared for them like family, and now we’re excited to be a part of that family.”


SongBird Tours To Support Historic Nashville Inc./Music Row Preservation Trust

SongBird Tours has announced that a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Historic Nashville Inc (HNI) / Music Row Preservation Trust.

“SongBird Tours is more than excited to become a charitable partner for Historic Nashville Inc.,” explains Trey Bruce, SongBird Tours CCO.  “Their values regarding development and preservation are in lock-step with ours. We at SongBird appreciate the work Historic Nashville does, as a non-profit, to keep Nashville unique by encouraging a city-wide conversation regarding smart development & smart preservation.

Historic Nashville Inc., which was established in 1968 and renamed in 1975, aims to promote and preserve historic places in Nashville, and has advocated for the preservation of historic places including Ryman Auditorium, Union Station, Hermitage Hotel, Shelby Street Bridge and more. In 1982, NHI established the state’s first Preservation Easement program and currently owns easements on 18 landmarks with a market value of over $50 million.

SongBird Tours is a rolling BlueBird Cafe with hit songwriters, a hostess and a look and listen through songwriters’ storied past and present, celebrating Nashville’s unsung heroes and the exact locations where No. 1 songs and world standards were penned, all on a state of the art, audio/visual bus.

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