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Bug Music Adds Emerson Hart To Roster

Bug Music has signed Emerson Hart, best known as the songwriter and frontman of multi-platinum rock group Tonic. Under terms of the agreement, Bug Music and Hart have entered into a co-publishing deal encompassing Hart’s future recordings and his critically-acclaimed 2007 solo album Cigarettes and Gasoline. Hart, who relocated to Nashville within the last few […]

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Sony Wins Melrose Meat and Greet

Ryan Beuschel, Joe Fisher, Van Haze, Brian Wright, Juli Newton Griffith, Joe Putman, and Damon Moberly. Photo: Shannan Neese The 2nd Annual Melrose “Meat” & Greet was held this week. Sony Music won first place in the grilling competition, followed closely by Universal Music in second place, and Curb Records in third. The event also […]

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Ashley Gorley, Alan Jackson Big Winners At ASCAP Awards

More than 1500 songwriters, industry VIPs and big name artists such as Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride gathered last night (10/19) at the ASCAP Country Awards to celebrate its most performed songs of the year. Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for his hits “Start A Band,” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The […]

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NSAI Song Contest Deadline Nears

With only two weeks until the Halloween deadline, October 31, 2009, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is encouraging songwriters to submit their best tunes to the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest is designed to help unsigned songwriters navigate the road to becoming professional hitmakers. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a […]

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Morris Joins Zavitson Music Group

Jason Morris has been hired to the post of Sr. Creative Director for Zavitson Music Group, LLC, the publishing company jointly owned by Debbie Zavitson, Russ Zavitson, and Beverly Miller. Prior to joining Zavitson, Morris headed his own company, Morris Code Music. Additionally he has held creative offices for Big Picture Entertainment, Hori Pro Music, […]

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Markland Moves To Warner/Chappell

Veteran music publisher Steve Markland has joined Warner/Chappell Music as Vice President of A&R, Nashville. He will report to Tracy Gershon, Senior Vice President and Head of A&R, and they will work together on signing emerging and established songwriters, catalog acquisition, and song placement. Markland most recently served as VP/GM of Crossfire3, the publishing venture […]

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Musical Chairs: Writer’s Den, 17 Music Ent.

Music businessman John Nagara has joined 17 Music Entertainment as General Manager and will be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day activities for the independent label. He will focus on marketing and promotions for flagship artist Matt Gary. Nagara’s 23-year career history includes nine years as Music Director/Assistant Program Director at WKDF, time as a […]

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Writer’s Den Emerges From Montage Ashes

Hedgewood International founder John Simmons, CEO Thad Leach, COO Erik Haag and Head of Publishing Bobby Rymer have re-launched Montage Music Publishing as Writer’s Den Music Group. A full staff is on board and the company has signed songwriters Bonnie Bishop, Ben Cooper, Tami Hinesh and Trent Jeffcoat. An open house will celebrate the transition […]

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ole Scores Third CCMA Publisher Award

The Canadian Country Music Awards named ole its Publisher of the Year for a third consecutive year. The accolade was announced during the CCMA’s annual Awards week celebration which took place this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. Toronto-based ole also has offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. “ole is very pleased to have been chosen […]

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Big Tractor Music Signs Matthews

Big Tractor Music has signed tunesmith Jason Matthews, who has writing credits on songs such as Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and Luke Bryan’s “Country Man.” Even before he earned Music Row’s 2006 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year honor, Matthews was building a catalog of hits, including cuts for Julie Roberts (‘Break Down […]

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Wide Open Announces Staff; Sevendust Signs with Big Loud Bucks

Wide Open Music Group Announces Staff Derek George, President of Wide Open Music Group, announced staff appointments for the recently-formed music publishing company. Keithan Melton is Creative Director, and Ken Johnson is Director, Administration. Melton was formerly Creative Manager for Sea Gayle Music and Catalog Manager for Cal IV Entertainment. Johnson brings 20 years of music industry experience […]

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