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MUSIC INNOVATORS UP FOR AWARDS

Universal Music Group Nashville chief Mike Dungan, Red Light Management head Coran Capshaw and Steve Blatter of SiriusXM are up for Innovator of the Year at the second Innovation in Music Awards.

Nominees in seven categories were announced today. Among the industry folk also earning nods were UMG Nashville prexy Cindy Mabe, Sony Music Nashville's John Zarling, Warner Music Nashville's Shane Tarleton, iHeart Country's Rod Phillips, UMG's Jay Frank, Spotify's John Marks, Girlilla Marketing's Jennie Smythe, AEG's Louis Messina and Ticketmaster's Amy Howe. Kenny Chesney, Kacey Musgraves, Midland, Dan Auerbach and Dave Cobb were all tapped in the Creative category.

“Challenges in the music industry call for creative strategies and risk taking at the highest levels to be successful and shape the future of the business,” said Pete O’Heeron, Chairman of the Innovation IN MUSIC Awards. “These nominees represent that progressive mindset.”

The awards will be handed out 6/3 at the Westin Hotel in Nashville. Bill Werde, Director of the Bandier Music Industry Program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, will be the host of the event.

The nominees are:

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Steve Blatter, SiriusXM
Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management
Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, EXECUTIVE 
Tatum Allsep, Music Health Alliance
Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group Nashville
Shane Tarleton, Warner Music Nashville
Sally Williams, Opry Entertainment Group
John Zarling, Sony Music Nashville

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, BROADCAST 
Buzz Brainard, SiriusXM’s Music Row Happy Hour
Monica Escobedo, Good Morning America
Julie Gurovitsch, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Chris Thile, Live From Here

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, RADIO PROGRAMMING 
Johnny Chiang, KKBQ/Houston
Nate Deaton, KRTY/San Jose
Shelly Easton, WXTU/Philadelphia
Lance Houston, WEBG/Chicago
Rod Phillips, iHeart Country

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, CREATIVE/ARTIST 
Dan Auerbach, Artist/Producer
Kenny Chesney, Artist/Producer
Dave Cobb, Producer
Midland, Artist
Kacey Musgraves, Artist

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, DIGITAL MEDIA/MARKETING 
Jay Frank, Universal Music Group
John Marks, Spotify
Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing

INNOVATION IN MUSIC, LIVE PERFORMANCE 
Amy Howe, Ticketmaster
Louis Messina, AEG
Ed Warm, Joe’s on Weed Street & Smokeout Fest, Chicago

The recipient of the Impact in Innovation Award will be announced at a later date. Nominees and executives will gather in Las Vegas on Saturday at the IMA nominee reception at the MGM Grand.

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