Last Tuesday at the Wellspire Center, Nashville’s all-female, singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes held its third-ever Song Suffragettes Summit with the theme “Your Music, Your Business.” Three panels exclusively curated for Song Suffragettes featured renowned music industry professionals sharing business tenets and stories to help educate a packed room of singer-songwriters from the Song Suffragettes collective.
The first panel titled “Building the Perfect Team” featured artist manager Bob Doyle, attorney Linda Edell Howard, wealth advisor Eden Lopez and business manager Mike Vaden. Moderated by the Music Business Association’s Portia Sabin, the panel covered the various roles of core team members over the course of an artist’s or songwriter’s career path. With stories about the discovery of Garth Brooks, the progression of Lady A’s career and what it’s like telling an artist “no,” the panel closed out with insightful questions from the singer-songwriters in the audience.
Panel two titled “Start Earning Now” covered the “must have” services and understanding a singer-songwriter must possess once they start releasing music. Covering digital distribution, SoundExchange, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) and performing rights organizations (PROs), the panel featured Kris Ahred from the Mechanical Licensing Collective, Lauren Kasper from The Orchard and Leslie Roberts from BMI. Alex Heiche from Sound Royalties moderated the panel which uncovered all of the possible revenue streams that result from releasing music.
To cap off the panels, GRAMMY® winner and new inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Naomi Judd wowed the audience with stories about her career and advice on following your heart and your gut as you build a career as a female creative in music. “A Conversation with Naomi Judd” was moderated by Apple Music Country’s Hunter Kelly who facilitated many stories including the fascinating tale behind Naomi writing The Judd’s hit “Love Can Build A Bridge.” Afterwards, Naomi stuck around during the cocktail hour to speak individually with many of the women singer-songwriters.
Sponsored by Sound Royalties, the Song Suffragettes Summit closed with a cocktail reception that allowed panelists and Song Suffragettes to meet and exchange. Parting gifts were provided by Sound Royalties and The Change Agent·cy.
While Song Suffragettes’ primary operation is the production of their weekly all-female singer-songwriter show at The Listening Room Café on Monday nights, the organization periodically produces Summits to help educate its collective of talented females. The Summits are free to all Song Suffragettes who attended. Said founder Todd Cassetty during his opening remarks, “Our primary mission at Song Suffragettes is to propel the voices and potential of female singer-songwriters. These Summits are another way for us to help move careers and artistry forward. I could not be more excited for today since this is our most ambitious Song Suffragettes Summit yet.”
Full list of panelists/moderators here:
Kris Ahred – CEO, Mechanical Licensing Collective
Bob Doyle – President, Bob Doyle & Associates, Major Bob Music, Rio Bravo Music
Linda Edell Howard – President, Kerry Gordy & Assoc.
Alex Heiche – CEO, Sound Royalties
Naomi Judd – Six-time GRAMMY®, nine-time CMA and seven-time ACM Award-winner
Lauren Kasper – Vice President of Nashville, The Orchard
Hunter Kelly – Host, Apple Music Country
Eden Lopez – Managing Director, The LSS Group/RBC Wealth Management
Leslie Roberts – Assistant Vice President, BMI
Portia Sabin – President, Music Business Association
Mike Vaden – Principal, Elliott Davis/The Vaden Group
For more information, visit www.SongSuffragettes.com and follow @SongSuffragettes on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
About Song Suffragettes
Song Suffragettes is a collective of female singer-songwriters that performs every Monday night at The Listening Room Café in Nashville, Tenn. In almost seven years, Song Suffragettes has showcased over 300 talented women out of over 1,600 who have submitted to play the show. With weekly sell-outs and a mantra of #LetTheGirlsPlay, Song Suffragettes vocally combats wide-spread discrimination against women in the music industry by giving female talent a place to play, grow and evolve with fellow creatives. Since its inception, 25 Song Suffragettes women have gone on to receive record deals and over 50 have landed music publishing deals. With over 4 million views on their YouTube channel, Song Suffragettes was named by Billboard magazine as one of “Next-Gen Nashville: 16 People, Places and Things Shaking Up Music City.” In August of last year, Song Suffragettes partnered with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission – funded by U.S Congress – to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with special shows featuring Maddie & Tae, Lindsay Ell, Runaway June and Ashley McBryde. Featured in Forbes, ELLE, USA Today, Washington Post, Grammy.com, Boston Globe and on PBS NewsHour and NPR, Song Suffragettes continues to fight for female talent to be heard throughout the country and beyond.
About Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd is a six-time GRAMMY®, nine-time CMA and seven-time ACM Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, author and public speaker, whose life and career continues to inspire dreamers today. In 2022, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna, will be enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame as 2021 inductees. The Judds brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies as The Judds surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals. The Judds are often celebrated for a rarely interrupted stretch of 14 No. 1 hits when every single of theirs released by RCA Nashville/Curb landed in the Billboard Top 10; and a career that defined what it means to be individualists in the music business. The Judds dominated touring in the 80s with 20 Top 10 hits, have sold more than 20 million albums and blazed a trail for duos and women who have followed them. Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo The Judds were discovered by RCA Nashville label head Joe Galante in 1983, after they landed a guest spot on WSM-TV’s Ralph Emery Show. The Judds made their Billboard country chart debut at the end of that year, with “Had a Dream (for the Heart),” and they were on their way to a history-making career. In 1991 when Naomi’s diagnosis of hepatitis C forced her to retire from the road, The Judds embarked on a historic farewell tour with Garth Brooks as an opening act. Naomi focused on her health, beating the disease and wrote several New York Times Best Sellers and became a popular motivational speaker and actress. To this day, their enduring legacy has inspired their peers, as well as established and aspiring artists. The Judds broke the mold for what it means to be an entertainment titan and remain one of the most successful acts in the history of the country music format.
About The LSS Group
Guided by three women with 100 years of collective experience in financial services, The LSS Group serves the wealth management needs of business owners, real estate investors, C-Suite executives and family offices, as well as the unique requirements of those in the entertainment industry. The LSS Group has organized its practice to harness synergies and leverage the global resources of RBC Wealth Management and its affiliate, City National Bank. Their strategic partnership, where investment advice, guidance and service are paramount, is based on a foundation of quality, integrity, transparency and collaboration. In addition, The LSS Group is the first-ever presenting sponsor of Nashville’s esteemed all-female, singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes
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