SESAC has promoted ET Brown and Lydia Schultz, who will share dual management roles leading SESAC’s Nashville Creative Services department. Brown and Schultz have each been promoted to Sr. Director, Creative Services. In their new roles, they will work closely with President and COO, Kelli Turner, who’s based in Nashville, and report to Sam Kling, SVP of Creative Operations.
The move follows the exit of former SESAC VP, Creative Services Shannan Hatch, who recently joined music publishing outfit Fourward Music as President.
In his expanded role, Brown will manage SESAC Pop/Rock and Americana genres. In addition, Brown will lead the efforts of identifying and cultivating new talent while working closely with industry organizations to develop opportunities that bring value to SESAC songwriters and publishers.
Schultz will manage the country genre in Nashville while providing support and guidance to existing affiliates as well as discovering new talent in the songwriting community. Schultz will continue to generate and maintain long-standing relationships within the industry while developing new songwriter initiatives.
“I’m proud to announce the respective promotions of both ET and Lydia,” says Kling. “As a team, both ET and Lydia have worked seamlessly to ensure second-to-none service to the songwriting community over the years. Their passion for music and complementary skill sets, along with their close-knit relationships, only reinforces why they are best suited to lead the Nashville Creative Services team.”
Brown joined SESAC’s licensing team in 2009 quickly moving to the Creative Team in 2010. He has worked closely with Skid Row, Nothing More, Blackstone Cherry, Killswitch Engage, as well as Americana greats Margo Price, Jim Lauderdale, Webb Wilder, Hayes Carll, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. His deep admiration for the craft of songwriting has been instrumental in curating and participating in events throughout the community including the Nashville Film Festival, GRAMMY Next, and TONS. Brown is a graduate of Belmont University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the Music Business program. He is a member of the Americana Association, AIMP, CMA, ACM and the Recording Academy.
Schultz joined the SESAC Creative Services team in 2016. Since then, she has supported SESAC affiliates Blanco Brown, Matt McGinn, Michael Whitworth, Erin Enderlin, Jenny Tolman and many more. She has curated SESAC’s monthly Bluebird Show, SESAC CMA acoustic shows, as well as songwriter events in the Southeast region. Schultz is continually offering feedback on music and guidance on developing artists and songwriters. Prior to her time with SESAC, she worked for Magic Mustang Music as Creative Director; Broken Bow in their legal and finance department; and assisted songwriting legend JD Souther. Schultz graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Music Business program. She has participated in SOLID, GRAMMY NEXT and is a member of the Americana Association, AIMP, CMA, ACM and the Recording Academy.
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