Bonfire Music Group Opens Nashville-Based Bonfire Booking Agency; Appoints Ryan Slone As VP

Bonfire Music Group announced today (Aug. 26) the addition of a full-service booking agency. With nearly a decade of music industry experience, including stints at the Ovation Artist Group and New Frontier Touring, Ryan Slone has joined as the agency’s vice president. He has begun operations out of Bonfire Music Group’s offices in East Nashville, where Slone is working alongside the agency’s president, Steve Johnson.

Slone says, “I’ve admired Steve Johnson’s work for several years, and I couldn’t pass up this incredible opportunity. I will continue to put artists first as we expand our roster and team.”

The agency is working with acts spanning across multiple genres, including Americana, rock, blues, soul, and R&B. Bringing a well-rounded level of experience, Slone adds a number of his previous roster of artists. He has been active within the music business networking group SOLID since 2006, including several years on the board. The Columbus, Ohio native earned an MBA from Belmont University with a concentration in Music Business.

“One component of the music business that all artists are looking for is a strong booking agent who can get them the work they are looking for,” says Bonfire Music Group CEO Ethan Burkhardt. “We’re excited to welcome Ryan and his incredible roster of musicians to Bonfire. We’re incredibly lucky to start this new venture with a full artist roster. With that said, we expect to bring on additional agents in the near future to allow us to grow the roster.”

The move into booking comes after the previous announcement of Bonfire Management. The company’s Steve Johnson will oversee operations of Bonfire Management and Booking, all falling under the Bonfire Music Group umbrella.


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