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Nashville Screenwriters Conference Returns In 2009

• January 22, 2009 •
Nashville Screenwriters Conference Returns In 2009

The eleventh annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference (NSC) is set to take place May 29-31 at the historic Union Station hotel. The open-to-the-public conference will bring some of Hollywood’s top writers, producers, directors, managers, agents and studio executives to Nashville to network and share their experiences with local aspiring screenwriters and other interested individuals. The popular […]

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New Hiring At NSAI

• January 21, 2009 •
New Hiring At NSAI

NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) has added Erin Burr as Communications Director. She most recently spent more than three years handling publicity for the Colgate Country Showdown talent competition. At the new gig, Burr will report to NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. She can be reached at erin@nashvillesongwriters.com or (615) 256-3354, ext. 233. Next up: […]

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Little Big Town Lets Fans Pick Opening Act

• January 21, 2009 •
Little Big Town Lets Fans Pick Opening Act

Little Big Town has partnered with Web site Eventful to find aspiring country artists to open its upcoming A Place to Land tour. Starting today, fans can use Eventful’s “Demand” service to vote for artists they think should open the shows. The four performers with the most Demands will perform at different stops on the […]

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Strait Adds Shelton To Tour

• January 21, 2009 •
Strait Adds Shelton To Tour

Blake Shelton will join George Strait on the road this summer, along with previously announced opener Julianne Hough. Shelton’s latest Warner Bros. single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” recently spent two weeks at No. 1 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart. The Strait tour opens May 9 in Hidalgo, TX, and hits numerous amphitheaters and festivals across the […]

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Clear Channel Cuts Official

• January 20, 2009 •

Clear Channel Communications has officially confirmed cuts that reduced its workforce by approximately 1850 employees or 9%. CC CEO Mark Mays wrote in a company-wide email: “As I’ve mentioned previously, we are facing an unprecedented time of distress in the general economy—and the ripple effects have hit some of our largest customers hard. Today, we […]

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Country Thunder Adds Markovchick

• January 20, 2009 •
Country Thunder Adds Markovchick

Kim Markovchick has joined Country Thunder as VP Sales and Marketing. Her more than 20 years of experience most recently included three years as Sr. Director of Marketing at Sony Nashville/Sony BMG. Previously Markovchick spent 17 years at Mercury Nashville, ending as VP/Marketing. Country Thunder General Manager Craig Morris says Markovchick will work to “utilize […]

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Jo Dee Welcomes Baby Boy

• January 20, 2009 •
Jo Dee Welcomes Baby Boy

Jo Dee Messina and her husband Chris Deffenbaugh were thrilled to welcome their first child, a boy, on Mon., Jan. 19 in a Nashville-area hospital. Noah Roger Deffenbaugh was born at 1:01 PM, and weighed in at 6 lbs., 15 oz. Noah, mom and dad are all doing very well. The couple was married in […]

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Nashville Goes International

• January 20, 2009 •
Nashville Goes International

Numerous Nashville artists and songwriters are planning trips overseas in the coming months. Representing Music City to the international community will be a wide mix of artists and songwriters from a variety of genres. For the fifth year, Nashville songwriters will share their talents at Ireland’s Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival & Song Writing Convention. Going […]

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BMI Honors Gospel In Nashville

• January 20, 2009 •
BMI Honors Gospel In Nashville

BMI recognized the substantial contributions of gospel pacesetters Twinkie Clark, Donald Lawrence, and CeCe Winans at the 10th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon Fri., Jan. 16 in Nashville. Hosted by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, the invitation-only celebration attracted gospel music’s premier songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives, as well […]

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Bread Founder Launches NashFilms Records

• January 19, 2009 •
Bread Founder Launches NashFilms Records

Robb Royer, founding member of ‘70s rock band Bread, has opened NashFilms Records on Music Row. With a background also including work as a producer and director, Royer originally planned to start a motion picture production company, but it evolved into a record label

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Top Artists Support Worthy Causes

• January 19, 2009 •
Top Artists Support Worthy Causes

Many big name artists are set for benefit concerts in Nashville over the next few weeks. On Feb. 2 Dolly Parton, Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Keith Anderson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler, and Matt Gary will turn out for the Gift of Music benefit at the Wildhorse Saloon. The 7 PM fundraiser for the W.O. Smith […]

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Lady A Making National TV Rounds

• January 19, 2009 •
Lady A Making National TV Rounds

Lady Antebellum has scheduled several upcoming national television performances, including NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Jan. 22, and a two-song performance on The Early Show’s “GRAMMY Concert Series” on CBS, Sat., Feb. 7. Additionally, in anticipation of the Grammy nominated band’s opening slot on Kenny Chesney’s Sun City Carnival tour of arenas […]

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Publishers Snap Up Rights To Hall of Famers’ Songs

• January 19, 2009 •

Primary Wave Music Publishing, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has purchased the late Tennessee Ernie Ford’s catalog from his estate, Billboard reports. The transaction includes about 170 songs by the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Also a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Ford released nearly 50 albums during […]

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Clear Channel Hires Lindy, Despite Looming Layoffs

• January 16, 2009 •
Clear Channel Hires Lindy, Despite Looming Layoffs

Clear Channel Communications will begin restructuring across the board next week, making changes expected to save the company $400 million, according to The NY Post. With 30,000 employees worldwide, CCC’s plan includes laying off workers in its radio, outdoor advertising and international divisions. In an attempt to consolidate duties and cut programming costs, CCC might […]

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Circuit City Going Under

• January 16, 2009 •
Circuit City Going Under

Circuit City will liquidate its nationwide chain of more than 500 consumer electronics stores. After courting prospective buyers and investors, as well as filing Chapter 11 in November, the nation’s second-biggest consumer electronics retailer announced today (1/16) that it had run out of viable options to stay afloat. The closures will leave the chain’s 30,000 […]

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Turmoil on Gaylord Board

• January 16, 2009 •
Turmoil on Gaylord Board

Gaylord Entertainment is in a dispute with its largest shareholder, TRT Holdings, over the way Gaylord executives are running the company. TRT, which owns properties including the Omni Hotel chain, yesterday (1/15) sent an open letter to shareholders criticizing Gaylord’s senior management and seeking support to elect four of its own people, including TRT CEO […]

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Tin Pan South Dates Announced

• January 15, 2009 •
Tin Pan South Dates Announced

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has set March 31–April 4, 2009 as the dates for its renowned Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Regions Bank is back as the presenting sponsor of the 17th annual event. A Tin Pan South Preview Party, scheduled for March 3 at The Rutledge, will feature songwriter performances and announcements […]

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Americana Auction Open, Conference Planning Underway

• January 15, 2009 •
Americana Auction Open, Conference Planning Underway

The Americana Music Association is hosting an auction to raise funds for its 2009 Americana Music Festival & Conference, set to take place in Music City Sept. 16-19. Auction items include a Gibson-donated guitar signed by Robert Plant, Levon Helm and other artists who appeared at the 2008 Americana Honors & Awards show; a songwriter […]

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Chesney Set For Grammy Performance, Adds Tourmates

• January 15, 2009 •
Chesney Set For Grammy Performance, Adds Tourmates

Kenny Chesney is among the first performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, where he is nominated for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, for “Shiftwork” with George Strait. Also performing on the Sun., Feb. 8 telecast from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles are Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry. With […]

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Megastars Sign On To Celebrate Inauguration

• January 15, 2009 •
Megastars Sign On To Celebrate Inauguration

Garth Brooks and Jennifer Nettles will perform at Sunday’s (1/18) super star-powered concert “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.” The free, public event will also include Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Usher, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and numerous others. Most artists will perform cover songs with historical significance or […]

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