ASCAP Nashville Announces GPS Project Class of 2020

Pictured (L-R, top row): Bailey Callahan, Ethan Baumgarner, Jordan Keim, Kate Malone, (L-R, bottom row) Kaylee Rose, Morgan Johnston, Nell Maynard, and Stephen Carey

ASCAP’s Nashville creative team, led by Vice President Mike Sistad, has revealed the songwriter participants for its ninth annual ASCAP GPS (Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters) Project, which showcases songwriters who are ready, or nearly ready, for a publishing deal.

The ASCAP GPS Project class of 2020, curated by ASCAP Creative Director Evyn Mustoe Johnston, includes songwriters Ethan Baumgarner, Bailey Callahan, Stephen Carey, Morgan Johnston, Jordan Keim, Kate Malone, Nell Maynard, and Kaylee Rose.

Publishers participating include Anthem Music Publishing’s Tim Hunze, BMG’s Jake Gear, Concord Music Publishing’s Brad Kennard, King Pen Music’s Kelly King, Red Door Music Group’s Abbey Adams, Sea Gayle Music’s Kim Wiggins, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Anna Weisband, and Spirit Music Nashville’s Katie Flynn and Kara Jackson.

Over the next year, these eight writers will be paired with publishers who will critique their songs and host virtual follow-up meetings to help the writers develop.


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