June 24, 2012

It’s Official and Exciting! Leadership Music Class of 2012-2013

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Frank Hernandez was honored and humbled to be selected for the next class of Leadership Music 2012 – 2013. The press release has been sent out and you can read it below and read the article published in Music Row Magazine here.

LEADERSHIP MUSIC ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 2013

NASHVILLE (6-18-12) – Forty-five new members have been selected to participate in the 24th class of Leadership Music. The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry.

“The Leadership Music Class of 2013 is an impressive group of industry professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise from a diverse field of music businesses,” said Jamie Cheek, managing partner at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, who, as immediate past president of the board of directors, chaired the committee. “Once again, the selection committee has done an outstanding job in selecting members for a great Leadership Music class, and I am certain all will find the eight month experience enlightening and rewarding.”

Members of the Class of 2013 are: Rachel Barnhard, digital marketing, Borman Entertainment; Anthony Barton, senior vice president, CMT; Holly Bell, senior vice president, City National Bank; Teddi Bonadies, general manager, Rodeowave Entertainment; David Boyer, associate business manager, Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy; Craig Campbell, president, Campbell Entertainment Group; Sarah Cates, senior director, Curb College Initiatives, Belmont University; Misty Cochran, director of advertising and promotions, Nashville Symphony; George Couri, president/owner, Triple 8 Management (Austin, TX); Tiffany Dunn, senior counsel, Loeb & Loeb; Marghie Evans, managing partner, Do Write Music; Nicole Gaia, president/owner, NPG PR; Mary Forest Findley, vice president, sales and marketing, Country Aircheck; Blair Garner, host, After MidNite, Premiere Radio Networks; Jim Griffin, managing director, OneHouse (The Plains, VA); Chris Harris, artist manager, Rainmaker Management; Aaron Hartley, senior manager of administration, CMA;

Frank Hernandez, opera singer; Jeremy Holley, vice president, consumer and interactive marketing, Warner Music Group; Honey Hopkins, director, Music City Music Council; Tim Hunze, owner/partner, Parallel Music Publishing; Jennifer Jacobsen, vice president, industry and government relations, Sony Music Entertainment, (Washington, DC); Brian Jones, vice president, Bobby Roberts Company; Thomm Jutz, owner, TJ Tunes; Kelly King, owner, King Pen Music/Rascal Flatts Entertainment; Will Korioth, owner, WhiteWater Amphitheatre (New Braunfels, TX); Justin Levenson, manager, licensing operations, SESAC; Jim McCormick, staff songwriter, BMG Chrysalis; Marc Meisel, executive producer, Prime Ventures (Gainesville, FL); Aaron Mercer, senior director, commercial music group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Ellen Meyer, president, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; Cassie Petrey, owner, Crowd Surf;

Stacey Portnoy, marketing manager, Samsung (Bellevue, WA); Laurie Pozmantier, agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA); Jeff Price, CEO/founder, TuneCore (Brooklyn, NY); Brooke Primero, senior vice president, PR and marketing, ACM (Los Angeles, CA); Scott Register, head of A&R, Think Indie Distribution/Birmingham Mountain Radio (Birmingham, AL); Paula Roberts, executive director, National Museum of African American Music; Paul Roper, president, Dualtone Records; John Shackleford, managing partner, Shackleford, Melton & McKinley (Dallas, TX); Lesly Tyson, vice president, promotion, Sony Music Nashville; Don VanCleave, general manager, The Artists Organization; Jeff Van Driel, director, business and legal affairs, Naxos of America; Brian Wagner, marketing manager, Ryman Auditorium; Colin Willis, senior vice president, sales and business development, Next Big Sound.

Leadership Music is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization whose mission is to nurture a knowledgeable, issue-oriented of music industry professionals. The Program, which begins with an orientation and alumni reception in September, totals 10 days in eight sessions over eight months. It launches with a two-day opening retreat weekend in October; then presents six monthly themed days targeting the latest issues regarding songwriting, publishing, artists, studios and production, record companies, distribution, media, and touring; and concludes with a two-day closing retreat in May. The Program is produced by alumni volunteers and features worldwide experts as speakers and participants, to provide relevance to the future with context from the past. More than 900 alumni have graduated from the annual Program since its founding in 1989 in Nashville.

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