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Next Big Nashville/Digital Summit Announce Lineup

Next BIG Nashville (NBN) and Leadership Music DIGITAL SUMMIT (LMDS) have announced the final schedules for their upcoming September 29- October 2 festival and conference in Nashville. Events include; 150+ bands performing during the four-day, multi-genre music festival in Nashville’s coolest venues, the digital summit, featuring guest speakers and panelists from every corner of digital […]

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CMA/NARM Plan Entertainment Law Conference

The CMA is working with NARM to host an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 9 (1:00-5:30 PM/CT) at the Hutton Hotel. The half-day continuing legal education course is part of a series put on by NARM and will be part of scheduled events leading up to “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” which […]

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BMI Reveals Fiscal Year-End Results

BMI released its latest financial results today, showing that the performing rights organization generated more than $917 million in revenues for its 2010 fiscal year ended June 30, including its subsidiary Landmark Digital Services®, LLC. The company had distributable royalties of more than $789 million for the more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and copyright owners […]

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“Banker to the Stars” Dies


Clarence Reynolds Jr., known as “the banker to the stars,” died Tuesday, September 7, at age 82. Reynolds was a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South, where he was class president. Reynolds began working at Commerce Union Bank in 1946 and remained there for the next 41 years. 

The […]

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Vanderbilt Hosts Entertainment Law Symposium

Leadership Music has partnered with the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (JETL) to offer a symposium: “The Evolution of Entertainment Law and Industry in the New World: Where Do We Go From Here?” The day-long event will be held Tuesday, September 28 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium. The […]

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Court Says iTunes Subject To Licensing, Not Sales Rates

Eminem‘s first producers FBT won a lawsuit against his current label Universal Music Group and others on Friday (9/3), which claimed that the rapper’s music on iTunes was being licensed, not sold, and therefore was subject to a higher royalty percentage rate. Eminem signed with FBT in 1995, and when he eventually moved to Universal, […]

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Nashville’s 615 Acquires Kingsize Music

Nashville-based 615 Music, one of the world’s leading providers of production music to the entertainment, broadcast, advertising, and corporate industries, and the recent winner of a national Emmy Award for “Outstanding Original Song” for NBC’s Today Show, has acquired noted production music library Kingsize Music NYC. 

Based in New York, the Kingsize Music Library is […]

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Commerce Secretary In Nashville To Discuss Piracy

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was in Nashville today (8/30) for a meeting between members of government and local music business leaders to discuss music piracy. NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison moderated the discussion featuring leaders from all levels of government: Locke, Mayor Karl Dean, Governor Phil Bredesen, and Congressman Jim Cooper. Some of Nashville’s […]

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Musicians Union Welcomes Recording Engineers

[Note: This announcement has been updated and clarified] The Nashville Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, have reached an understanding that could dramatically benefit recording engineers in the Nashville community. Recording Engineers can now join the Nashville AFM and sign the Union cards as a musician […]

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Secretary Of Commerce To Address Music Piracy

United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will visit Nashville next week to hear from the music industry about the impact of rampant music piracy. Locke will conduct a Discussion Forum on Monday, Aug. 30, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at a location near Music Row. The location will be announced later this week. “With an estimated […]

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BMI Appeals DMX Rate-Court Decision

BMI has filed an appeal of the DMX decision issued by Judge Louis Stanton, BMI’s rate-court judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the company announced today. BMI’s appeal on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers will seek reversal of a court decision that, according to DMX’s outside […]

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