Touring Career Workshop Celebrates A Decade
The Touring Career Workshop recently celebrated its 10th birthday at Yazoo Brewing Company in Nashville.
The Touring Career Workshop is a free annual event created by Chris Lisle and Erik Parker to serve and educate people in the touring music industry. The inaugural workshop was held in November 2011 at Belmont University and was attended by over fifty industry professionals. In years since, over 350 people have attended their yearly events.
“Although we were unable to hold our fall workshop in its traditional format, it was really great to join together with friends and colleagues to celebrate our huge milestone,” shares Lisle. “We cannot wait to see what the next ten years brings!”
SOLID Hosts 35th Annual Turkey Bowl Tournament, Raises Over $10,000
SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) hosted its 35th Annual Turkey Bowl Tournament at Mid State SportsPlex on Saturday (Nov. 13), raising more than $10,000 for the 2021 SOLID Shares partners: MusiCares, Notes for Notes, The Onsite Foundation (Ryan’s Grove), The Equity Alliance and The National Museum of African American Music. The organization also collected over 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
“It was amazing to be able to bring Turkey Bowl back after having to take last year off due to the shutdown. Seeing the Nashville music industry show up to support our awesome nonprofit partners in such great numbers is a feeling that will never get old,” says Paul Erlmich, SOLID Community Outreach Co-Chair. “My co-chair Ritz McCain and I owe a huge thanks to the SOLID board and our committee members for making the day happen.”
“We are incredibly grateful to have seen such an impressive turnout during our first Turkey Bowl fundraiser post-shutdown,” adds Avery King, SOLID President. “Seeing our Nashville community rally together to raise more than $10,000 for our SOLID shares partners while also collecting over 3,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest makes me incredibly proud to work alongside all of these people.”
In 2021, SOLID’s philanthropic efforts have raised over $42,000. Over its 24 year history, the organization has been able to donate over $400,000 to local charities and nonprofits. In the past three years, SOLID’s members have also donated more than 300 hours of their time to the Nashville community.
Bridget Cirone Exits Academy Of Country Music
Bridget Cirone has exited her position at the Academy of Country Music. After the Thanksgiving holiday, Cirone will join the team at Sunshine Sachs in its Los Angeles office.
Cirone first joined the Academy in 2018 as an assistant for both the Marketing and Creative & Content departments, and most recently served as Manager, Marketing. In her time at the ACM, she supported all publicity and marketing initiatives for the Academy and ACM Lifting Lives, including overseeing red carpet media, press materials, and more.
A Marquette University alum, Cirone started her career in college working for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WISN 12 News and Marquette Basketball. Upon graduating she moved back to Las Vegas where she worked at Wicked Creative, an entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle public relations firm.
IVPR Adds Lucy Volpe As Senior Publicist
IVPR, a Nashville-based PR firm, has added Lucy Volpe as senior publicist.
Volpe previously spent time at Big Feat PR where she worked on campaigns for Arlo McKinley, John R. Miller, Charley Crockett, Lydia Luce and more. The St. Pete, Florida, native brings 10+ years of experience to IVPR with a specialty in artist and festival PR.
“Lucy is one of those rare individuals who has built a career by combining her personal strengths and passions into a singular focus work-wise. I value her work ethic, passion for our clients, sense of what makes for a solid story, and well-honed knowledge of the ever changing media landscape,” says Maria Ivey, owner of IVPR. “She gives a damn and that’s really all we can ever hope for in a teammate.”
“It’s rare to find people in this industry where there is no room for ego, where everyone is genuinely supportive of each other and wants to achieve the same goals for our clients,” adds Volpe. “I am incredibly honored to be on team IVPR.”
IVPR represents a variety of clients, including Del McCoury, Yonder Mountain Stringband, MerleFest, The Infamous Stringdusters, DelFest, Anders Osborne, Colter Wall, David Ferguson, Kelsey Waldon, Jamestown Revival, Esther Rose, Luke Laird, Michaela Anne, Rising Appalachia, Park City Song Summit, High Sierra Music Festival, and more.
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