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11/15 was a big night for the Association of Independent Music Publishers, with chapter events in New York City and Nashville. Nashville hosted the AIMP & SoundExchange Fall Party, while the first ever Guild of Music Supervisors Mixer took place in New York. The fall party in Nashville celebrated AIMP's 40th anniversary and everything the Nashville chapter's been able to accomplish in 2017, the third annual AIMP Songwriters Series being just one of those. Seen agreeing that they're entitled to one half of every tear in every beer are (l-r): Parallel Music Publishing's Tim Hunze, BMI's Leslie Roberts, AIMP Nashville Executive Director John Ozier of ole, AIMP Nashville Treasurer Ree Guyer of Wrensong Music, SoundExchange's Linda Bloss-Baum, Regions Bank's Brad Peterson and Big Deal Music's Dale Bobo. Later, Dale brought out Kenny MacPherson's sporran for show and tell. In New York, the good people of AIMP brought together top music supervisors and members of each organization for a roundtable panel discussion featuring Todd Kasow and Music Supervisor Ruth Simmons, moderated by Ed Gerrard. After being coaxed into this photo for us with a round of Jell-O shots are (l-r): AIMP New York Board Members Keith D'Arcy of SONGS Music Publishing, Debbie Rose of Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Michael Hill, Todd Kasow, Ruth Simmons, Ed Gerrard, AIMP New York Board Member Julie Lipsius of Lipservices and AIMP New York Executive Director Alisa Coleman of ABKCO Music, Inc.
Lauren Funk has been named Senior Creative Director at Big Yellow Dog, she'll be leading the team in charge of writer management and song plugging. Funk had previously served for three years as BYD's Creative Manager. She was instrumental in the success of songs like "Hometown Girl" (recorded by Josh Turner), "Get to You" (Michael Ray), and "Ring on Every Finger" (LoCash), as well as in securing cuts by Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane and Sara Evans."Lauren is passionate about all the Big Yellow Dog Music writers and their success," says BYD Music CEO Carla Wallace. "She's a true writer's friend."
Warner/Chappell has had an eventful week in Nashville, having been named ASCAP's Publisher of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and tallying 41 total awards from performing rights organizations. The new honors include 24 ASCAP Most Performed Song Awards, 11 BMI Top Song Awards and six SESAC Country Performance Activity Awards. Pubco topper Jon Platt and W/C Nashville prez Ben Vaughn also had plenty of reason to celebrate with the CMAs. W/C songwriters took home six trophies, with awards going to Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Lee Miller, Steven Lee Olsen and Little Big Town. In a highlight of the evening, the powerfully topical "Female" had an illustrious debut (performed by Capitol Nashville's Keith Urban); the song was co-written by W/C songwriter Nicolle Galyon. It's now #1 at iTunes. Vaughn commented: “It is an honor and a privilege to work with the best songwriters and the best team in Nashville. It’s been an incredible week, and I am so proud of what our songwriters have achieved this year, and grateful to the Nashville community for their trust and tremendous support and recognition. I am especially thankful for the amazing encouragement from Jon Platt and our extended Warner/Chappell family—this week, this year, and always.” Ben then strapped on his big ol' fake beard and continued to duck our calls.
Team Sony/ATV whoops it up after being deemed Publisher of the Year at the BMI Country Music Awards in Nashville, the 16th consecutive conferral of said honor. Winners included Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and a promising kid named Taylor Swift, who penned Little Big Town's #1 hit "Better Man." Seen just before making a dive for SATV Nashville head Troy Tomlinson's last remaining Montecristo are (l-r) Sony/ATV's Terry Wakefield, Mark Abramowitz, Stephen Denninger, Dane Schmidt and Josh Van Valkenburg, BMI boss Mike O'Neill, pubco overlord Marty Bandier, Tomlinson, Co-Prez U.S. Danny Strick, Sony/ATV's Hannah Williams and Tom Luteran and BMI Nashville VP Creative Jody Williams.
Redfoo, the youngest son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group to administer his catalog worldwide. One-half of the duo LMFAO, he is best known for “Party Rock Anthem” "Sorry for Party Rocking" and "Shots, Shots, Shots." As a solo artist, Redfoo is known for "Let's Get Ridiculous", “New Thang” and “Juicy Wiggle.” “I’m thrilled to sign with UMPG and look forward to what we will accomplish together—from having their support in my journey as a songwriter, to finding creative opportunities to share my music with Party Rockers and new fans around the world,” said Redfoo. New copies of the contracts have been ordered after the first round was stained with Jell-o shots.
Seven songs penned by six BMG writers were honored at the BMI Country Awards last night. Most notably, Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y."—co-written by busbee and Nate Cyphert—was recognized with two awards, including the top accolade, Song of the Year.The other winners were Maren Morris' "'80s Mercedes" (busbee), Morris' "My Church" (busbee), Billy Currington's "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" (Shy Carter), Dustin Lynch's "Seein Red" (Tully Kennedy), Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach" (Alexander Palmer) and Kip Moore's "Running For You" (Kip Moore).
Indie house Superior Music Publishing is celebrating a trio of new deals. The jewel of these is the inking new-wave darlings The Suburbs (who were the first signing to legendary Twin/Tone Records); it's the first-ever pub deal signed by primary songwriter Chan Poling in the band's 40-year history. Superior has also inked pop tunesmith Marc Nelkin, whose work has been covered by Kesha, LP, Cher, Charlie Wilson and more, as well as genre-bender MC Lars, whose madly referential work spans high and low culture and has earned him a rep as one of the most culturally literate rappers around. Says pubco prez/founder Mara Schwartz Kuge: "Superior couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with this acclaimed and diverse group of writers, and we look forward to the new opportunities we’ll be creating together. And no, I won't put your band's sticker on my car."
New York based Independent music publisher Reservoir has just extended its agreement with multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ali Tamposi. Tamposi is currently enjoying success with the Camila Cabello smash "Havana," which is currently Top 10 at T40 radio and also hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Charts this week. As part of the deal, Reservoir will continue to publish Tamposi's catalog, including her latest smash collaboration “Wolves” by Selena Gomez and Marshmello, which debuted #1 on iTunes, was the fourth most streamed song in the world on Spotify upon release and was also the Most Added song at Pop radio today (11/7). This year, she has has co-written no less than seven singles for global superstars, including Kygo & Selena Gomez’ hit “It Ain’t Me," Avicii’s “Lonely Together” featuring Rita Ora, Rita Ora’s “Anywhere,” Hailee Steinfeld's “Let Me Go” featuring Alesso, Florida Georgia Line & watt, and Lea Michele’s “Run To You."
The folks pictured here had a lovely time at the SESAC Country Music Awards, where Magic Mustang-Warner/Chappell writer Dustin Lynch's "Seein' Red," co-written with BMG's Steve Bogard, was among the winners. Seen just before swimming laps in a kiddie pool full of Pappy Van Winkle are (l-r) BMG Nashville boss Kos Weaver, Magic Mustang's Juli Newton-Griffith, Bogard, Lynch, SESAC's Shannon Hatch and Warner/Chappell Nashville head Ben Vaughn.
Celebrating his role in the Taylor Swift Pop-chart-topper "Look What You Made Me Do" (Big Machine/BMLG), Sony/ATV writer and producer Jack Antonoff joins his pubco pals for a #1 party, which involved mylar balloons and Rick Krim's cannabis-infused cupcakes. The latter are believed to have fueled a stunning concept album about a mystical humidor that's also a portal to another dimension. Seen keeping it together despite that scary bright light are (l-r) VP Creative Tyler Childs, Antonoff, SVP/Co-Head of West Coast A&R Jennifer Knoepfle and Co-Prexy U.S. Krim.
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