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Genovese To Head New Country Video Network

Tammy Genovese has been tapped by new video network, The Country Network (“TCN”), to serve as President, TCN Nashville. She has already consolidated the company’s operations to Nashville and will open the principle office at 40 Music Square West, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 on Monday, April 19.

The Country Network is currently airing in HD on WIYC-DT Montgomery, AL and will begin national and international rollout during CMA Music Festival June 10, 2010.

TCN broadcast network will be programmed solely with country music videos, and original programs focusing on artists and fans. The fan-centric, interactive network will offer videos from current and rising stars, as well as heritage artists. Owned and operated by Artists and Fans Network, Inc., TCN is striving to blend local and national broadcasting, mobile devices, and the web, into a seamless music video experience.

Genovese, who was most recently CEO of the Country Music Association, replaces TCN Co-Founder, President and COO Warren Hansen. She will report directly to the executive committee. In this new position, Genovese will be responsible for all non-broadcast operations and will work laterally to the president of the TCN Stations Group. Reporting directly to Genovese will be Kim Bullard, EVP of production; Chad Brock, programming director; and Hansen.

Genovese says the network’s mission is to generate a fan/artist-centric interactive programming schedule with three primary goals: become a primary venue for helping establish successful careers for new artists; provide additional opportunities for country’s mainstream commercial artists to engage their fans; and pay respect to the legends who are still viable and working in the industry today.

Immediately prior to joining TCN she served as the CEO of the CMA, achieving unprecedented growth for the trade organization. She has many honors to her credit including Billboard’s Top Women in Music from 2006-2009, representing the 20 most influential female executives in the music industry, as well as Nashville’s Forward 50 List. She received the Canadian Country Music Association’s Leonard T. Rambeau International Award and the 2009 NAPE award for work on behalf of the CMA for music education in the Davidson Country Public Schools. She is currently serving on the TCN Board of Directors, The Nashville Sports Council, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Music Business Advisory Council, to name a few.

She can be reached at [email protected]

Big Machine Signs Edens Edge; CMT Radio Hires Jenn Nixon

Front Row L to R: Edens Edge members Cherrill Green, Hannah Blaylock, and Dean Berner. Back Row L to R: Sandi Spika Borchetta, Big Machine Records VP of Creative; Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records President & CE0; songwriter Kye Fleming, and Heather Moody of TVX Group

Big Machine Records has added country trio Edens Edge to its label family. The band is comprised of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist), Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) and Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), with a style deeply rooted in country and bluegrass.

Scott Borchetta, President & CEO of Big Machine, discovered the band when they performed at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony last year.

Even though the members of Edens Edge grew up about an hour apart in Arkansas, they didn’t know each other until they were introduced through mutual friends in college. After entering the CMT/ NSAI Songwriters Contest in 2006, the band was discovered by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Kye Fleming who helped further develop the group’s talents.

Edens Edge is managed by Heather Moody, President of TVX Group Nashville. With the creative direction of Kye Fleming Publishing, the trio is currently writing and recording its Big Machine Records debut.

In recent months the band has opened for Ronnie Milsap and Randy Travis, and is scheduled to support Lady Antebellum, Lonestar and Gloriana on the road this summer.

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CMT Radio Network has added Jenn Nixon as the new morning reporter; it was announced by Jean Williams, director, CMT Radio Network. Nixon will serve as CMT’s live on-air correspondent for more than 30 markets nationwide, including WIRK in West Palm Beach, Fla.; KZSN in Wichita, Kan.; KAJA San Antonio, Texas; KTST Oklahoma City, Okla.; and WSOC Charlotte, N.C. Nixon joins CMT from WJNO in West Palm Beach, Fla. where she was most recently the assistant program director for the Clear Channel station. Nixon will begin her live morning broadcasts on Tuesday, April 13.

The Palm Beach County native has worked in radio since 2002 with stints at 107.9 WIRK and 97.9 WRMF, both in West Palm Beach. She replaces Emilee Warner, who recently joined Compass Records Group as director of publicity and promotions.

ASCAP Names LeAnn Phelan Sr. Creative Dir.

LeAnn Phelan, a music industry veteran with a background in writer relations and A&R, has been tapped as Senior Creative Director for ASCAP’s Nashville office. She will report to Tim DuBois, who recently took the top local post, working as VP and Managing Executive of Operations.

ASCAP has been restructuring its Nashville branch, re-focusing it as a Regional Office serving all genres of music.

“LeAnn has established a reputation as one of the most assertive, successful advocates for writers and artists in the business today,” DuBois said. “ASCAP is delighted to bring on board her insight, talent and passion, as we broaden our service area and simultaneously deepen our relationships with the writers and publishers we serve.”

Phelan previously worked with 19 Entertainment as a Writer Producer/Manager, where she managed multi-genre songwriters. While at 19 Entertainment, she also worked on the audition team for American Idol, Seasons 6-9. Prior to joining 19 Entertainment, Phelan was Senior Director of A&R at Sony Nashville. She previously helped open Windswept Nashville in 1996, and later served as VP and partner at Windswept’s Combustion Music venture. She began her career as a background vocalist/musician on tour with Steve Winwood from 1988-1989. Phelan has a B.B.A. from Belmont University with an emphasis in music business.

“I am thrilled to step into this creative position with ASCAP, as we make Nashville a comprehensive creative hub for writers and publishers from Nashville and beyond,” Phelan said. “There are unlimited possibilities for our members to expand their relationships across genres and across the country and I look forward to facilitating opportunities for talented songwriters and artists.”

Sony/ATV Promotes Abbey Burkhalter

Troy Tomlinson, President/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, has announced the promotion of Abbey Burkhalter to Creative Director. Formerly Creative Manager, Burkhalter joined Sony/ATV in February 2006. In the past four years, she has been responsible for a significant number of major recordings and singles, and has played an integral role as liaison between Sony/ATV’s Nashville roster and the publishing company’s Los Angeles and New York writers. Burkhalter will continue to report to Senior Vice President of Creative, Terry Wakefield.

BMI Expands Duties For Sr. Execs Esworthy, Conlon, O’Neill

(L-R): Bruce Esworthy, Michael O'Neill, Richard Conlon

BMI President & CEO Del Bryant today (4/5) announced a new alignment in the company’s senior management team, with elevated responsibilities for Nashville based Bruce Esworthy, and New York based Richard Conlon and Michael O’Neill.

BMI Chief Financial Officer Esworthy adds new duties as Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, overseeing Human Resources and Facilities in addition to managing the Finance & Accounting departments.

Conlon has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media. In his expanded role, Conlon assumes responsibility for BMI’s Corporate Communications & Marketing and Corporate Planning departments. He was previously Vice President, New Media and Strategic Development.

O’Neill now holds the newly established position of Senior Vice President, Repertoire & Licensing. In this expansion of his role, he adds oversight of BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations, Performing Rights and Special Projects departments to his Licensing responsibilities. He was previously Senior Vice President, Licensing. The three executives will report to Bryant.

The realignment follows the announced retirements of BMI Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer John Cody, and Landmark Digital Services Managing Director Robert Barone at the end of 2010.

EMI Nashville Builds Promotion Staff

Senior Vice President Promotion Steve Hodges announces three new EMI Records Nashville staffers today: Chuck Swaney (Director of Promotion, Mid/Southwest), Trudie Daniell (Director of Promotion, Southeast) and Ron Bradley (Director of Promotion, West Coast). Beginning Monday, April 5 all three will work as a liaison between the label and country radio stations across the U.S.

“Chuck brings us a wealth of valuable experience and passion,” said Hodges. “He’s developed great relationships at country radio. I’m very excited at his enthusiasm for EMI Nashville!” Chuck was most recently at Bigger Picture Entertainment where he was a promotion executive. He will be based in Nashville, TN.

“Trudie is a stalwart regional with an infectious personality,” commented Hodges. “Her work ethic is second to none. We are lucky to be able to add her to this brand new staff!” Trudie joins the label from 9 North Records where she was the director of promotion SE/SW. She will be based in Atlanta, GA.

“Ron’s wide range of experience is a huge attribute,” added Hodges. “He is very passionate and proud of our format. We’re elated to add him to our EMI Nashville team and ready to kick start this new venture!” Ron previously held the title of President at R. Bradley Artist & Project Development. He will be based in San Diego, CA.

All three Regionals will report to both Senior Vice President Promotion Steve Hodges and EMI Records Nashville Vice President Promotion Angela Lange. A Northeast regional for EMI Records Nashville will be announced soon.

Treehouse Hires Nate Ritches; Compass Adds Emilee Warner

Emilee Warner

Compass Records Group has tapped Emilee Warner as Director of Publicity and Promotions. She started the role earlier this month and can be reached at [email protected], W: 615-320-7672, or M: 615-418-4846.

Compass Records has also signed Richard Julian and will release his album Girls Need Attention May 4. The project was recorded at Norah Jones’s home studio.

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Tony Benken, VP of Promotion for Treehouse Records, has hired Nathan “Nate” Ritches for Midwest regional promotion duties. Ritches will be based out of Nashville and will start immediately.

“Nate has the kind of experience that regionals need these days…not only radio experience through a syndicator, but he’s worked for a production company, a talent buyer, and his own business,” says Benken. “He’s a tenacious self-starter that fits into what Treehouse is all about, and I’m happy to have him join us!”

The label is currently working Blaine Larsen’s single, “Chillin.'”

Ritches can be reached at 541-678-4282 or [email protected]

SESAC Promotes John Mullins

SESAC has promoted John Mullins to the position of Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations. The performing rights organization’s longtime employee was formerly Director, Writer/Publisher Relations.

As Sr. Director Mullins will continue signing new writers and publishers and providing service to existing writers and publishers, primarily in the Contemporary Christian and Country genres.

Mullins is a native Texan who began his music as a Promotions Rep for Columbia Records while obtaining his degree in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to joining SESAC, Mullins worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where he worked closely with artists such as Brooks & Dunn, the Mavericks, Alabama and Lonestar.

“John Mullins is an experienced and knowledgeable professional so it is with great pleasure that I announce this well-deserved promotion,” said Trevor Gale, SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. “His devotion to all SESAC affiliates is admirable and it is that passion and dedication that establishes him as a very unique music professional. We are confident that John will continue to contribute significantly to SESAC’s continued success.”

Hall of Fame Names Pamela Johnson VP

Leading cultural arts specialist Pamela Johnson has been named vice president of development at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Director Kyle Young announced today (3/22). Johnson brings 37 years of executive experience when she begins the new position on Mon., April 5. Reporting directly to Young, Johnson will oversee the Museum’s membership program, annual and planned giving initiatives, and special fundraising events.

Most recently, Johnson served as director, university marketing-special initiatives at Nashville’s Belmont University where, among other responsibilities, she managed the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Prior to joining the Belmont staff in 2005, the native Nashvillian spent three years in Los Angeles as vice president, communications and corporate relations for the J. Paul Getty Trust. She oversaw a staff of 32, and implemented the institution’s first corporate sponsorship program.

She spent six years heading the PR division of New York City ad agency Serino Coyne, and then launched her own publicity and marketing firm, working with clients such as Philip Morris, AT&T, and Chase Manhattan Bank. Johnson’s earlier career includes executive positions at the American Association of Museums, Smithsonian Institution, Rogers & Cowan, and Cheekwood.

She is president-elect of the Tennessee Repertory Theater board, vice president of the Exchange Club of Nashville, and a member of the W. O. Smith Nashville Community Music School Advisory Council. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.

Marczewski Joins Nine North; EMI Looks At Leasing Back Catalogue

Stan Marczewski

Larry Pareigis, President/Nine North Records, has hired Stan Marczewski as Director Of Promotion, NE/MW, effective Monday, March 29.

Most recently, Marczewski worked for Sony Music Nashville as Manager, Strategic Marketing where he created opportunities for artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, and Brad Paisley. He was also involved in the early years of Little Big Town’s career as their day-to-day manager in addition to working with other artists on the RLM and Mission Management rosters.

Marczewki’s new position at Nine North realigns him with Pareigis and VP/Promotion and Marketing Tom Moran, his mentors in radio promotion when he started with Columbia Records Nashville in 2005.

“Stan’s passion and experience in promotion, management and marketing uniquely qualify him for the entrepreunrial challenges and promise that this new future holds,” says Pareigis. “Tom and I can’t be more thrilled that Stan’s signed up for this mission with us.”

Reach Marczewski by e-mail: [email protected] or phone: 615-426-2260.

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London’s Times Online reports that EMI is interested in licensing its recorded music back catalogue to another major label because of its dire financial situation.

The news outlet reports that EMI’s owner Terra Firma is looking for a five-year licensing agreement for the North American back catalogue which includes music from cash cows like The Beatles and Blondie. Terra Firm hopes such an arrangement would draw £400m.

A June 14 deadline is looming for Terra Firma, because that is the day its creditor Citigroup could take control of EMI.