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BLACKOUT TUESDAY: HOW THE MAJORS RESPONDED
(6/5a)
HARLESTON, HABTEMARIAM LAUNCH UMG TASK FORCE
(6/5a)
SONY MUSIC SETS UP $100M FUND
(6/5a)
10K OPENS FUND TO AID BLACK YOUTH
(6/5a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH: THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
(6/5a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
Pub Crawling
SONY/ATV UPS BRODSKY
5/27/20

Peter Brodsky has been promoted to General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, at Sony/ATV, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.

Brodsky leads the company’s legal and business affairs department worldwide and is responsible for building and implementing its global business strategy as well as providing guidance and counsel on all Sony/ATV legal matters. He also oversees Sony/ATV’s major catalog acquisitions, North American digital initiatives and strategies for licensing its catalog to digital music services and other platforms.

He also plays a vital role in U.S. legislative matters related to music publishing, such as copyright reform, and works closely with the National Music Publishers’ Association on these issues.

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NMPA TO HONOR GARTH BROOKS
5/26/20

The National Music PublishersAssociation (NMPA) is set to honor country star Garth Brooks with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting this June.

Honoring music creators and composers who have contributed greatly to the craft of songwriting, the award is typically given at NMPA’s annual industry gathering in NYC prior to the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. Past recipients of the award include Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Ryan Tedder, Jon Bon Jovi, Pharrell, Steven Tyler, Diane Warren and Sting.

NMPA President & CEO David Israelite shared, “Garth is someone who has created uplifting, joyful and meaningful music for decades. He’s brought millions of fans to country music and he’s brought this country together in times of hardship. His music has tackled tough issues and his lyrics have transformed everyday life into poetry that is as catchy as it is timeless. We are grateful to get to hear from him and thank him for what his songwriting has meant to so many of us.”

7-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and 8-time diamond award receiver Brooks remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history and is certified by the RIAA with 156m album sales. In addition to his record-breaking The Stadium Tour, his recent duet “Dive Bar” with Blake Shelton inspired a DIVE BAR Tour, which will continue a run of stops through 2022. Garth also has a weekly Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G, airing every Monday at 7:00pm ET

SONY/ATV INKS KYLE CLARK
5/26/20

Sony/ATV Nashville has inked singer/songwriter Kyle Clark to an exclusive global pub deal. The 22-year-old up-and-comer has garnered attention in the country music scene after opening for artists like Kane Brown, Randy Houser and Darius Rucker, and has since collaborated with Nashville’s top songwriters.

Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston shared, “Kyle Clark is a dynamic songwriter and a hard worker with great potential – I’m pleased to welcome him to Sony/ATV, and our team is proud to support him as he develops his career.” Sony/ATV Nashville Creative Director, Dane Schmidt added, “Watching Kyle grow as a songwriter over the last six months has been nothing short of impressive. He has truly committed to his craft and has shown he’ll go above and beyond to succeed as a creator and artist,”

"I am so excited to sign with Sony/ATV, and I’m thankful for the support of Rusty, Joey, and the Schmidt brothers. I could not have asked for a better team of people – they have worked hard to make this dream possible,” said Clark.

Recently, the Georgia native teamed up with Sony/ATV and Tree Vibez Music songwriter and producer Jordan Schmidt to write and record his debut self-titled EP, which dropped on 4/17. Featuring tracks like “Like the World’s Gonna End” and “First Time Feels,” other co-writers on the EP included Josh Miller, Josh Mirenda, Matt McGinn, Andy Albert and Jared Mullins.