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TWO NEW FIRMS ARISE FROM DAVIS SHAPIRO
New math: dividing and adding (7/15a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: LEGAL FINE PRINT EDITION
We're guilty as charged. (7/16a)
THE NEW CHEW:
GRAMMY ON RYE
The latest fearless forecast (7/15a)
BILLY RAY CYRUS: THE "ROAD" LESS TRAVELED
The zigzagging course of a singular career (7/12a)
HOT THOUGHTS
KG lets 'em have it. (7/15a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
Pub Crawling
NASHVILLE'S NEXT-WAVE PUBLISHERS: RYAN BEUSCHEL (WARNER CHAPPELL, VP A&R)
7/11/19

Ryan works with artists and writers such as Randy Montana, Dustin Lynch, Lady Antebellum, Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, Will Weatherly and Riley Green, among others. The Michigan native previously served at ASCAP (where he co-founded the GPS Project to help unsigned acts navigate the pub world) and worked in A&R for UMG on the label side before joining Warner Chappell in 2014; he was upped to VP in 2017.

“The role of a publisher has become incredibly multifaceted, especially with respect to artist development,” he says. “The fundamental approach of strategy, collaboration and song pitching is still the bedrock of a great publisher. But it’s becoming more and more common to act as a manager or record label during the early stages of an artist’s growth cycle. It’s doing the A&R for an EP, implementing digital strategies for DSPs/social media and working with the agencies planning the road strategy. The role continues to evolve—which, for a Type 7 [i.e. a high-spirited, optimistic extrovert] who sees endless possibilities and loves innovation, makes the publishing world an exciting place to be.”

NASHVILLE'S NEXT-WAVE PUBLISHERS: JEFF SKAGGS (CREATIVE NATION, VP OF CREATIVE)
7/11/19

Jeff and the team at Creative Nation oversee the writing calendars and song-plugging responsibilities for hitmakers Luke Laird, Lori McKenna, Barry Dean, Tyler Johnson and Casey Brown, as well as artists Bear Rinehart, Kassi Ashton, Steve Moakler and Alec Bailey. In the company’s seven-year history, Creative Nation songwriters have racked up 300+ released cuts, including 15 #1 singles; Jeff’s writers have won Song of the Year at the Grammys, ACMs and NSAI Awards. Laird and McKenna have both been named ACM Songwriter of the Year, and Jeff has been nominated for Song Champion of the Year at the AIMP Awards three years in a row.

“I’m most excited about the amount of artist development that goes on at the publishing level now,” says Skaggs. “We’ve seen what a difference a big song can make in breaking an artist, and I’m passionate about the artists we’re working with at Creative Nation. Kassi Ashton, Alec Bailey and Steve Moakler all have the potential for huge breakthroughs because of the quality of the songs they write. The artists we work with are songwriters first, and it’s exciting to get them in rooms with the best of the best and see how their artistry evolves. In addition to just songwriting, we’re also hands-on in developing their aesthetic, socials, touring, branding and personae as artists. We have brought in amazing managers to assist us with artist development, and we work as a super-cohesive unit to help our artists set and achieve their goals.”

A WAVE OF PROMOTIONS AT SONY/ATV UK
7/2/19

Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK has upped and moved a handful of employees during a series of changes to their legal and business affairs department. Andrew Spence, seen right, has been promoted to VP, Head of Legal & Business Affairs, where he will lead a team in the London offices. Spence, who joined Sony/ATV in 2014, will report to Co-Managing Director, Tim Major.

The team includes Penny Ducanson, who has been promoted to Director, Contracts Administration. Ducanson’s time with the company dates back to 1986, when she joined CBS Songs, later acquired by SBK. She then worked for SBK, EMI Music Publishing and lastly, Sony/ATV.

Andy Dowie, who has been with the company since 2003, has also been promoted to Senior Business Affairs Manager while Safra Deen Farook moves to Business Affairs Manager following the two years she spent as a paralegal. Recently, Deen Farook received the Richard Toeman Scholarship, presented by the Music Publishers Association.

Lastly, Jack Robson joins the team as Business Affairs Manager after previously serving as a trainee solicitor at London law firm Sound Advice (Legal) LLP. Duncanson, Dowie, Deen Farook and Robson will report to Spence.

“I know as well as anyone how vital our business affairs function is and I’m proud to see so much progression within the team. Andrew is an exceptional lawyer and more than ready to take a leading role within the company,” shares Major. Spence adds, “I’m grateful to both Tim Major and David Ventura for giving me this opportunity. It’s an exciting time to be at Sony/ATV and I’m very much looking forward to the future.”