Industry Ink: Jules Wortman, ACM, King Calaway, Three Hounds Music

ETSU National Alumni Association Honors Jules Wortman

Jules Wortman

Julie (Jules) Wortman, president and CEO of Wortman Works Media & Marketing in Nashville, was named an Award of Honor recipient by the East Tennessee State University National Alumni Association on Friday, May 3, as part of the association’s 2019 Awards banquet. Wortman is a 1989 graduate of ETSU.

Wortman began her career at Nashville’s Network Ink Public Relations. She went on to hold senior executive posts at such major record labels as Warner Bros., MCA/Universal and Atlantic and at a top professional wrestling organization before founding her own firm. Her clients through the years have included many national brands and music legends, including Salt Life, Chevrolet (GM), Country Music Television, Sony Music, the GMA Dove Awards, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, The Charlie Daniels Band and more.  She currently manages The SteelDrivers, and is also an adjunct instructor at Belmont University.

ACM Adds Jessica Curtis As Manager, Marketing

Jessica Curtis

The Academy of Country Music has hired Jessica Curtis as Manager, Marketing. Curtis will oversee several key marketing elements, including ticket promotions and digital marketing. The position is based out the Academy’s headquarters in Encino, California.

Born and raised in Ventura County, Curtis joins the Academy after a three-year stint with Live Nation, located in Hollywood, California. Working as an executive editor for and editorial contributor to, Curtis worked closely with both the editorial and post-production teams, as well as the production staff to create and expedite creative content, promote festival and ticket sales and introduce new social media marketing strategies. She also conducted artist interviews and managed outside vendors and contributors to the MegaCountry website.

In her role as Marketing Manager, Curtis will take lead on developing strategies for both ticket promotions and social media for Academy initiatives. She will also manage all digital marketing and advertising, and support developing partnerships with outside brands to increase tickets sales, maximize brand awareness and promote Awards tune in. Curtis reports to Brooke Primero, Senior Vice President, Marketing. Curtis can be reached at [email protected].


King Calaway Makes Stadium Debut As Openers For Garth Brooks

King Calaway with Garth Brooks

BBR Music Group band King Calaway recently made their stadium debut on Friday (May 3), performing as an opening act for Garth Brooks’ U.S. Bank Stadium show in Minneapolis. Brooks himself introduced the band, marking the first time Brooks has made an introduction for an opening act in his career.


Three Hounds Music Sponsors Hill Country Film Festival

Pictured (L-R): HCFF’s Programming Director Gary Weeks Three Hounds Music Founder Tom Harrison, Three Hounds Music songwriter/artist David Tolliver, BMI Senior Director Creative, Austin, Mitch Ballard, HCFF Executive Director Chad Mathews

Three Hounds Music was recently a sponsor for the annual Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. Three Hounds Music writer/artist David Tolliver performed during the event’s VIP Opening Reception.

In its 10th year, the film festival was created to celebrate independent film and the independent spirit of a small Texas town and features both shorts and feature length films, as well as hosted filmmaker Q&A/interviews, discussion panels, a filmmaker’s lounge and festival parties.


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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