The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project Donates $25,000 To UTK’s Veterans Success Center
The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project (TCDJHP) recently presented the Veterans Success Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a $25,000 donation.
The $25,000 donation will go to the creation of a Veterans Success Institute, student veteran transformational grants, a veteran emergency fund, and technology upgrades. The donation is the third and largest gift UT has received from The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project.
“Continuing education has and continues to be an important step in the reintegration of many returning veterans,” explains TCDJHP board members David Corlew, co-founder of the organization and manager for the late Daniels. “Charlie had a close relationship with the University of Tennessee, so it’s our mission to support our veterans that are pursuing their educational needs. The Veterans Success Center is growing daily with Jayetta [Rogers] and the team, and we are proud to be of assistance in any way possible.”
“Charlie Daniels was a tremendous supporter of the University of Tennessee, and we are beyond grateful to receive this gift that will enhance the academic, professional, and personal success of our student veterans while at UT,” notes Rogers, Director of the Veterans Success Center.
Big Yellow Dog Music Elevates Two
Big Yellow Dog Music has announced the promotion of Nicole Rhodes to Manager, Sync and Claire Karliak to Manager, Label Services. Rhodes joined BYDM in 2019 and was previously Senior Coordinator in the Sync department, while Karliak joined in 2020 and previously worked as Senior Coordinator, Label Services.
Rhodes’ new responsibilities include a greater focus on communicating with music supervisors in film, TV and trailers, as well as overseeing the development of the company’s sync writers, artist and producers. A native of Illinois, Rhodes graduated as an Entertainment Industry Studies and Music Business major from Belmont University in 2020, where she interned at BYDM.
“Nicole has been such an important asset to our Sync department over the last few years. She has an amazing ear for music and has been successful in placing songs in spots ranging from HBO promos to IKEA to Hulu’s How I Met Your Father. I can’t wait to see her continue to find sync success for our writers,” says Alex Stefano, VP, Sync.
In Karliak’s new role, she will work directly with Big Yellow Dog Music’s DSP and Distribution partners with responsibility for developing and implementing their artist project planning and digital advertising. Originally from Ohio, she graduated from Belmont University as a Music Business major in 2019.
“Claire has shown continued growth in all areas of our label business. She is willing to tackle anything that comes her way and is a real asset to our team,” shares co-owner and CEO, Carla Wallace.
Randy Rogers Serves As Honorary Grand Marshal At Annual Texas Cavaliers River Parade
Randy Rogers served as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the annual Texas Cavaliers River Parade on Monday (April 4).
The Randy Rogers Band frontman delivered remarks and an acoustic performance of the group’s song “San Antone” before joining his family on the Art Contest Winner float, which traveled down San Antonio’s River Walk.
The band is getting ready to kick off a slate of shows through this summer, including a two-night stint in Austin alongside George Strait and Willie Nelson to celebrate the grand opening of the Moody Center on April 29 and 30. For full tour details, click here.
Milestone Publicity Ups Jessica Bonner To Account Executive
Milestone Publicity, the Nashville-based full-service public relations firm, has promoted Jessica Bonner to Account Executive. Since joining Milestone in August 2021 as an Associate Publicist, Bonner was quickly elevated to an Account Manager role. In her new role, she will assume more leadership scenarios pertaining to client campaigns and internal company communications.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Bonner had a previous recording contract with Rounder Records. She decided to transition into the business side of music, securing a desk within the public relations field and built her resume with national and regional publicity campaigns for festivals, tours, artists such as Heart and Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
“Jessica has an unparalleled work ethic and passion for what she does,” says the company’s founder and CEO, Mike Gowen. “Her career really began when she was a young artist on Rounder Records, so she has deep empathy and a drive to deliver results for the artists she represents day-to-day. Jessica is a major component to the expansion of Milestone and I couldn’t be more excited about her career growth. She is taking on this new role at Milestone with my complete confidence.”
Bonner’s promotion comes as Milestone expands its team with the appointment of Taran Smith as an Associate Publicist.
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