July 16, 2020

Benny Brown, Paul Brown, Jason Sellers Form Quartz Hill Records

Former BBR Music Group leaders Benny Brown and Paul Brown, along with hit songwriter Jason Sellers, have teamed with music distributor The Orchard to form the Nashville-based country label Quartz Hill Records.

Previously, Benny and Paul Brown headed Nashville’s indie music company, BBR Music Group, home of Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records and Wheelhouse Records. Founded in 1999, under Brown’s leadership, Broken Bow Records had more than 30 No. 1 songs, including Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “She’s Country,” by Jason Aldean and Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”

Sellers has penned several hit singles, including Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” ft. Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go,” and Joe Nichols’ “Sunny and 75.”

More information regarding the new venture will be released in coming weeks.

February 19, 2020

Endurance Music Group Acquires Wide Open Music

Endurance Music Group has acquired Wide Open Music, adding a roster of artist-writers including Jimmie Allen and Matt Stell, Wide Open co-founder Ash Bowers, and songwriters Seth Alley and Paul Sikes to the Endurance fold.

January 22, 2020

Jaron Boyer Renews Deal With peermusic

Jaron Boyer has renewed his exclusive songwriter agreement with peermusic, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 22) by peermusic President and COO Kathy Spanberger, as well as peermusic Nashville Sr. VP Michael Knox.

peermusic’s exclusive deal with Boyer includes all future works, and the company will now be collaborating with Hipgnosis Song Fund and Merck Mercuriadis, who purchased Jaron’s back catalog. Boyer was represented in the deal by Jason L. Turner, Esquire, Keller Turner Andrews & Ghanem.

November 25, 2019

Joe Fox Inks Pub Deal with Liz Rose/Warner Chappell Music

SESAC songwriter Joe Fox has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music.

The New Jersey native relocated to Nashville after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Fox has won The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, played guitar on various records including Maren Morris’ Grammy-nominated album Hero, and toured with country stars like RECORDS/Arista Nashville’s Matt Stell.

November 22, 2019

Ross Copperman wins BMI Songwriter of the Year for 3rd Year in a Row:

October 23, 2019

Provident Label Group, Matthew West’s Story House Music Sign Leanna Crawford

Provident Label Group has partnered with Story House Music, which is helmed by multi-award winning artist Matthew West, to sign singer/songwriter Leanna Crawford.

“It is my honor to introduce Leanna Crawford, the newest addition to team PLG and the special joint venture with Story House Music,” shares West. “Leanna has such amazing talent that the world’s going to hear very soon, so get ready! She’s going to knock it out of the park, and the Lord’s going to use her voice in an awesome way.”

October 22, 2019

Live Nation Entertainment Inks Booking Deal With Nashville’s The Basement East

Live Nation Entertainment has inked an exclusive multi-year booking agreement with Nashville’s The Basement East. As part of the venture, promoter Richard Sloven joins Live Nation Nashville’s team as Talent Buyer/Promoter.

October 21, 2019

The Epic Story Of A Grammy Winner, $204,613 – And A Legal Battle With Ramifications For Songwriters Everywhere

We’ll level with you: industry disputes over the US Consent Decrees – the near 80-year-old set of laws that prescribe how ASCAP and BMI must run their organizations – don’t always make for the most thrilling stories.

But today, we are thankful for them. Because MBW has been digging around in the legal mountain of filings connected to the Department of Justice’s latest review of the Consent Decrees, and discovered something worthy of the attention, and debating faculties, of the worldwide songwriting and publishing community.

September 13, 2019

Department of Justice Releases Public Comments re: PRO Consent Decrees

On September 12, 2019, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, released information and comments filed in response to its call for public comment as to whether or not the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees continue to protect competition or if they should be terminated. Filed prior to the August 9 deadline for comment, Jason Turner provided the DOJ with various materials relating to the recent dispute between ASCAP and Shane McAnally as it pertains to McAnally’s resignation and withdrawal from ASCAP, and ASCAP’s refusal to pay radio premiums for McAnally’s works licensed by ASCAP post-resignation.

In the filing, Turner advocates for the DOJ’s continued oversight of ASCAP and BMI while encouraging the Department to implement certain modifications to the existing Consent Decrees to further protect songwriters and publishers. Turner referenced the ASCAP/McAnally Arbitration Award, wherein the three arbitrators castigated ASCAP for the unfair, discriminatory and unreasonable manner in which ASCAP treated McAnally and for ASCAP’s utter lack of transparency in disclosing its rules (some of which, were found to actually not exist anywhere in writing).

Turner’s filing can be found here:

July 29, 2019

Corey Kent Signs With Combustion Music

Corey Kent has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Combustion Music.

The Oklahoma-born artist, previously performing as Corey Kent White, began touring throughout the country at an early age. Shortly after college graduation, Corey wrote his first No. 1, William Clark Green’s “Hit You Where It Hurts.” He previously released the EP Making Noise in 2014, followed by Long Way in 2016.

“From the minute we met Corey we knew we had to work with him,” said Combustion Music Senior Creative Director Kenley Flynn. “His positive energy, work ethic and talent spoke for themselves. Combustion couldn’t be happier about this new partnership and look forward to bringing Corey’s music to the country fans nationwide.”

“I’ve always been really impressed with the things that the folks at Combustion have accomplished,” said Kent. “They’re incredibly efficient & effective. I’m stoked to have such a great team & humbled to be joining a roster of such fantastic writers/artists.”

Kent is set to release the first of three 3-song EPs on Friday, July 26. From The West Part 1 will feature the recently released, “End of the Trail,” along with two brand new songs.

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