Industry Ink: Michael Ray, Forte, Project Music

Michael Ray Earns RIAA Gold

Pictured (L-R): Michael Strahan, GMA; Michael Ray; Sara Haines, GMA

Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray celebrated several Gold certifications today (March 6).

This morning, he performed his current Top 10 hit “One That Got Away” on GMA’s “Strahan & Sara.” The hosts then surprised him on air with a plaque celebrating the Gold certifications of his singles “Kiss You In The Morning,” “Think A Little Less” and “Get To You.”


Fount Lynch’s Forte Parts Ways With Maren Morris

Fount Lynch

Fount Lynch, who launched the independent public relations firm Forte in 2018, has parted ways with client Maren Morris, MusicRow has confirmed.

Lynch previously served as VP, Media at Morris’ label home, Sony Music Nashville, before launching his own company.


Project Music Announces Cohort For 2019

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Country Music Association have announced the music tech startups that are included in this year’s Project Music Portfolio program.

The year-long entrepreneurship program offers support and a music industry immersion for each of the companies included, connecting them to industry experts as well as a startup curriculum.

Five Nashville-based teams are included in this year’s cohort. The program has also shifted to more intentionally help Project Music alumni, which includes 20 active teams. The 2019 program begins in April.

2019 Participants (in alphabetical order):
Artist Fan Matrix: AJ Hart (Nashville, TN)
ArtistWorks: Patricia Butler (Napa, CA)
audiobridge: Matt Miller (Nashville, TN)
Beatdapp: Andrew Batey (Vancouver, CAN)
Cleerkut Royalty: Cheryl Potts (Washington, DC)
FanFlex: Erik Nelson & Gian Perugini (Los Angeles, CA)
FindMyFans: Ravi Ramkeesoon (Queens, New York City)
Hear Not There: Kevin Amundson (Nashville, TN)
Magic Instruments: Brian Fan (Marina Del Rey, CA)
Music Tech Works: Jarrett Hines (Atlanta, GA)
Musician’s Council: Micah Johnson (Nashville, TN)
Playlist: Karen Katz (Palo Alto, CA)
Secret Chord Laboratories: Scott Miles (Virginia Beach, VA)
SoundStorming: Arnau Bosch (Santa Monica, CA)
The Labz: Farah Allen (Atlanta, GA)
WillCalled: Ken Madson & Lex Lipsitz (Nashville, TN)


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