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MANAGERS WEIGH IN ON TRYING TIMES

In a world of “Book tour, set up album, do awards shows, build brand, create momentum, repeat,” Nashville’s managers have never had to manage so much uncharted water. And yet, Music City’s best career captains are meeting the challenges—of no shows, streaming versus physical, massive societal unrest and COVID complications—with their usual thoughtful consideration and willingness to innovate.

Holly Gleason asked 12 of them about how they're handling a radically altered reality. Their responses are in Music City; individual links below: 

 



Clarence Spalding
, Maverick
(Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Reba)

Seth EnglandBig Loud
(Morgan Wallen, HARDY)

Melanie Wetherbee, Red Light Management
(Jon Pardi, Jillian Jacqueline)

Chris Kappy, Make Wake Artists
(Luke Combs, Niko Moon, Hailey Whitters)

Lynn Oliver-Cline, River House Artists
(Luke Combs, Chrissy Metz)

Mary Hilliard, Red Light Management
(Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Hot Country Knights, Tucker Beathard)

Martha Earls, EFG Management
(Kane Brown)

Bruce KalmickTriple 8
(KALEO, Whiskey Myers, BRELAND)

Marion KraftShopkeeper Management
(Miranda Lambert, Tenille Townes)

Matt Graham, BRND Management
(Midland, Hailey Whitters)

Blythe ScokinBluejacket Management
(Ingrid Andress)

Tom Lord, Red Light Management
(Gabby Barrett, Chris Janson)

Fletcher FosterF2 Entertainment
(Runaway June)

 

DUO TO RULE ISLAND
Two heads are better than one. (6/18a)
GUETTA GOES GLOBAL WITH WARNER MUSIC
Bugs is dancing in the street. (6/18a)
REVENUE CHART:
LIL BIG BUCKS
Pull up the Brinks truck. (6/18a)
TOP 20: POLO MATCH
Looks like we have a horse race. (6/17a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GREENBERG TRAURIG
Myriad lawyers, no waiting. (6/18a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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