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Leadership Music Names 48 Industry Leaders To 27th Annual Class

Leadership-music-logoLeadership Music provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet,  learn with and discuss issues effecting the music business.  I'm proud to have been chosen to be a part the next Leadership Music class in my role as President of Skyline Music and Publisher of Hypebot and Music Think Tank. 

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Leadership Music has named its 27th class composed of 48 industry leaders from across the country.

Founded in 1989 by eleven music industry alumni of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Music has graduated more than 1000 leaders. The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues affecting the music industry, as well as providing the opportunity to meet industry peers and build lasting relationships.

“The Leadership Music Class of 2016 is an impressive group of industry professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise from a diverse field of music businesses,” said Sally Williams, General Manager at the Ryman Auditorium, who, as immediate past president of the board of directors, chaired the selection committee. “We had a record number of applications this year, and choosing 48 applicants from among the hundreds who applied was a very daunting task."

Members of the 2016 class 

  • Craig Balsam, Co-CEO/Co-Founder, Razor & Tie (NYC)
  • Blaine Barcus, VP, A&R, Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment
  • Deb Barnes, editor/writer
  • Heather Buresh, Executive Director, Big Loud Bucks/Round Hill Music
  • Justin Cole, Director of Country Programming, Premiere Networks/iHeart Media
  • Jason Colton, Artist Manager, Red Light Management (Seattle)
  • Jen Danielson, Director, Music Strategy, CMT
  • Barry Dean, songwriter
  • Todd Dupler, Director of Government Relations, The Recording Academy (Washington, DC)
  • Steve Emley, Artist Manager, Fitzgerald Hartley
  • Nick Ferrara, Attorney, Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates
  • Josh Friedlander, Senior VP, Strategic Data Analysis, RIAA (Washington, DC)
  • Aaron Gant, VP, Production, Warner Chappell Production Music
  • Bob Guerra, Senior VP, Programming, Cherry Creek Radio
  • Margaret Hart, Manager, Artist & Label Relations, YouTube
  • Bruce Houghton, President, Skyline Music (Roanoke, VA)
  • Brent Hyams, Chief Operating Officer, TPAC/War Memorial Auditorium
  • Gavin Ivester, CEO, Flo
  • Cris Lacy, VP, A&R, Warner Music Nashville
  • Tim Lauer, musician/producer/writer
  • Jonathan Levine, Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
  • Renee´ Leymon, VP, Promotion, Red Bow Records
  • Chris Lisle, Owner, Chris Lisle Lighting Design
  • Erick Long, Senior VP, Operations & Events, Academy of Country Music (Los Angeles)
  • Angie Magill, VP, Legal & Business Affairs, Sony Music Nashville
  • Blake McDaniel, Agent, CAA
  • Maurice Miner, President, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing
  • Sean Neff, Producer/Engineer, Spin Productions
  • A.J. Niland, President, Huka Entertainment (New Orleans)
  • Brad Peterson, VP/Music Division Team Leader; Fifth Third Bank
  • Bob Raines, Executive Director, Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission
  • Joe Rapolla, Director, Music Industry Program, Monmouth University (New Jersey)
  • Adam Ritholz, Attorney, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields (NYC)
  • Pete Robinson, Senior VP/GM, Big Deal Music
  • Carmen Romano, Business Manager, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy (NYC)
  • Jon Romero, Head of Digital Marketing, Vector Management
  • Vince Santoro, Secretary/Treasurer, Nashville Musicians’ Union, AFM Local 257
  • Neville Shende, Fleet Operations & Safety Manager, Pioneer Coach
  • Brandi Simms, Senior Director, Membership & Balloting, CMA
  • Anjula Singh, Chief Financial Officer, SoundExchange (Washington, DC)
  • Dr. Gregory Stewart, Executive Principal, Nashville School of the Arts
  • Phil Thornton, VP/GM, Urban Inspirational, Entertainment One
  • Brad Turcotte, VP, Marketing, UMG Nashville
  • Jennifer Turnbow, Sr. Director of Operations, NSAI
  • Allison Warren, VP, Market Manager, Cumulus Nashville
  • Jill Wheeler, Concert Promoter, Red Mountain Entertainment (Birmingham)
  • Jenn Witherell, VP, Marketing & Publicity, Big Enterprises
  • Russ Zavitson, President, Zavitson Music Group

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