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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Pub Crawling
SOUND THINKING NYC
7/17/18

New York City’s Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), City University of New York's Creative Arts Team (CAT), and NY is Music have partnered to address gender inequity in the music industry. Together, the coalition of music industry leaders has founded Sound Thinking NYC, a new education and career path program for young women in High School.

The free program focuses providing young women more access to careers in the music industry where women are under-represented. "We are thrilled to expand our commitment to gender equity in the entertainment fields with this innovative program for women thinking about careers in music," said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin.

Sound Thinking NYC’s first Summer Intensive runs through 7/27 and is a three-week camp for students entering 11th and 12th grade, focusing on audio technology, engineering, and sound recording. The curriculum includes hands-on recording workshops using Pro Tools, visiting music studios, leadership skill-building sessions and discussions with professional women in the industry. Menin adds, “The music business is booming in New York City and we want to ensure young women have the access and training they need to enter it.”

All graduates of the summer program will be invited to participate in a series of professional events during the school year and apply for paid summer internships as well as apply to take free college credit courses at CUNY. The first group includes 42 students from 35 schools across all five boroughs, eventually having 250 students participate. Admission is open to both young men and women.

SONY/ATV MAKES KING OF ALL DEALS
7/16/18

Sony/ATV has inked a worldwide pub deal with Georgia-bred singer/songwriter John King.

King's own"Tonight Tonight" was a perennial on Thursday Night Football in 2014, and hit the radar at Pop radio; he co-penned the 2016 Country radio #1 "We Went" for artist Randy Houser, snagging his first ASCAP Songwriter Award. King's 2017 single "I Still Pick Up" has kicked up some dust at both Spotify and Apple Music, as has this year's follow-up, "Never Wanna Be." Look for more music soon.

"Working with someone as gifted as John, and a team of quality people surrounding him makes for a winning combination," remarked SATV Nashville chief Troy Tomlinson shortly before reminding John to have nothing to do with us. Seen above pondering a brutal first down on the eight-year line are (front, l-r) Starstruck Entertainment's Berkley Myers, King and Tomlinson; and (back, l-r): Starstruck's Cliff Williamson and Narvel Blackstock,and SATV's Dane Schmidt and Josh Van Valkenburg.

SONY/ATV CHECKS INTO HOTEL
7/13/18

Sony/ATV has found a new place to dwell: the new Elvis Presley stage musical Heartbreak Hotel. Marty Bandier and company have joined the production as a co-producer and investor. It opens Sunday at Chicago’s Broadway Theater.

Sony/ATV is already licensing more than a dozen songs for the show, among them “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Mystery Train” and the title track, Presley’s first #1 single.

“Elvis Presley is the ultimate music icon who not only totally transformed music but changed the world,” said Bandier, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO. Heartbreak Hotel “will not only serve as a fantastic reminder to everyone like me who grew up with Elvis just how unique and special he was, but will be a terrific way for a new audience to discover the music and life of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

As a producer, Sony/ATV joins Heartbreak King Productions, the team behind Rock of Ages and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, and Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. Sony/ATV’s other producing credit is the Carole King musical Beautiful; the pubbery was also involved in Motown the Musical.

Written and directed by Million Dollar Quartet co-creator Floyd Mutrux, Heartbreak Hotel recounts Presley’s early life. Eddie Clendening stars as Elvis.

As enthusiastic as he is about the show, Bandier refuses to switch to Colonel Tom Parker's brand of cigar.