Payton Smith To Perform Benefit Concert For Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Rising country artist Payton Smith will perform a free virtual benefit concert this Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. CST to help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, celebrating its 35-year partnership with Phi Mu Fraternity. The one-hour event will be live-streamed via Smith’s YouTube channel, with a post-show virtual meet-and-greet via the Riff app.
“I am honored to kick off the 35th anniversary celebration of the partnership between Phi Mu Fraternity and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” says Smith. “I can’t wait to play some new music for everyone, and share my family’s story and our personal connection to CMN Hospitals. Their work has been life-changing for my brother, Zach, and my family.”
“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is grateful for the partnership with Phi Mu Fraternity and Payton’s desire to share his musical talent and personal story with his fans as an inspiration for others to give,” states President & Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Teri Nestel. “CMN Hospitals treats one in ten children in the U.S. and Canada each year and dollars raised stay local, making an impact on the communities in which our patient families live. We’re thrilled to celebrate our longstanding relationship with Phi Mu with this incredible concert and look forward to the continued partnership with Payton and his fans.”
Jim Murphy Upped To Senior Manager, Programming At Music Choice
Jim Murphy has been promoted to Senior Manager, Programming for Music Choice.
Murphy joined Music Choice in 2019 and has contributed to the Programming department in many ways over the past few years. He oversees the programming for the entire country cluster of audio and video channels, including high-usage formats such as Today’s Country, Pop & Country, and Country Hits. His channels consistently perform in the Top 15 in both Time Spent Listening and unique users, in ETV and Linear Rankings.
With strong and deep-rooted relationships with labels and managers, Murphy is able to secure premieres, album takeovers and other exclusive on-screen events. He has also spearheaded the creation of new channels to keep Music Choice’s products competitive and musically relevant, such as Women of Country, 90s Country, and Country Songwriters audio channels, as well as the new Country Hits video channel.
In his expanded role as Senior Manager, Murphy will continue to serve as Programming Lead for the country cluster across all products and lineups, as well as leading the effort to curate unique and competitive country-based experiences on PLUS and KVOD. Murphy will also help Programming management expand on audio programming across other genres to help drive time spent listening across all channels.
Luck Presents Adds Chris Parham As VP, Partnerships
Luck Presents, the rogue cultural collective headquartered in Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas, has added Chris Parham as VP of Partnerships.
A Nashville native, Parham started his music business career at Vector Management, tailoring his skills in brand partnerships, sponsorship, and strategic marketing to the unique needs of the music industry. Prior to Vector, he was employed by various civic organizations, both state-wide and Nashville-specific.
“I have always admired Luck’s vision to support artists and innovators in music, culture, and entertainment,” says Parham. “I love the Luck family and I’m extremely excited and honored to join the team in this new role.”
“Chris Parham has worked closely with both artists and brands throughout his impressive career, many of whom are ingrained in the roots culture that echoes Luck’s mission. We look forward to Parham working in a capacity with us that will allow for growth alongside like-minded brands,” Luck Co-Founder Ellee Durniak shares. “He brings an energy to the team that embodies what we as a company stand for: uplifting and contributing to the American roots narrative; creating a platform for artistic discovery; and honoring companies and artists who, like those who came before them, are carrying out their dreams on their own terms.”
Soundstripe Ups Laren Cutrell To VP, Product
Soundstripe, a leading provider of unlimited royalty-free music, stock video, and sound effects to creators, has promoted Lauren Cutrell to Vice President of Product.
In her expanded role, Cutrell will lead product vision, strategy, and definition for Soundstripe, partnering with internal teams to continue delivering the stock media industry’s highest-quality library and easiest licensing experience to creators. During her time at Soundstripe, Cutrell has been responsible for transitioning the company to agile frameworks and third-party creator workflow integrations, strengthening product development, and making continuous improvements to the subscriber experience.
“Lauren is an exceptional, user-focused product leader with a keen understanding of what today’s creators and marketers need to produce compelling video and other content,” says Travis Terrell, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Soundstripe. “We look forward to seeing her continued impact on innovation in areas such as content discovery and frictionless licensing to deliver the best overall experience to subscribers.”
She joined Soundstripe in 2018 as Director of Product and Scrum Master, building an in-house team of product managers and content curators to manage Soundstripe’s rapidly growing stock media subscription offering. Based in Chattanooga, Cutrell will also be charged with expanding and championing agile methodologies across the company’s business units for continued increases in organizational efficiency.
“I am so honored to be growing with Soundstripe and taking on this expanded role,” shares Cutrell. “The booming creator economy is driving increased demand for services like Soundstripe, and I’m excited to deliver on our expansive roadmap for super-serving their needs through product innovation and best-in-class user experiences.”
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