Music News (10/16/19)


‘AIMP Nashville Pubcast’ Launches Revamped Third Season with NMPA’s David Israelite

The Nashville Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers launched the third season of its podcast series, the “AIMP Nashville Pubcast,” yesterday (Oct. 15).

Hosted by Tim Hunze, Senior Director, Creative at Anthem Entertainment and AIMP Nashville Board Member, the now bi-weekly series will run year-round and feature 30-minute interviews with some of the most prominent music and publishing industry figures in Nashville discussing all aspects of the music business.

This year’s inaugural episode, “Winning the Battle, Continuing the War,” will feature David Israelite, President and CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). Israelite will be speaking in advance of his Oct. 23 special AIMP event in Nashville, “State of the Union for U.S. Music Publishing.”

The “AIMP Nashville Pubcast” is available from all usual podcast providers. Subsequent episodes will be released every two weeks throughout the year.

Future episodes are currently scheduled as follows:

  • October 29 – Chip Petree/Nashville Business Attorney – Deals and Acquisitions
  • November 12 – Rohan Kohli/Warner Music Nashville – A&R: The Job and Process
  • November 26 – Seth Mosley/Full Circle Music – Defying Genre Hurdles
  • December 10 – Wendy Duffy/Resin8 Management – Passionate About Sync
  • December 17 – Daniel Lee, Noreen Prunier/Altadena – Pop Side of Nashville
  • January 7 – Jessica Linthicum and Laura Lynn/Artistry Alliances – Marketing Your Brand


SMACK Promotes One, Hires Two

Pictured (L-R): Sam Sarno, Carly Sater, Molly Bouchon Photo: Ford Fairchild

Publishing, management and artist development company, SMACK, has staffed up, promoting Sam Sarno and hiring Carly Sater and Molly Bouchon. The Nashville-based company is led by award-winning songwriters/producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

SMACK Publishing, home to some of the industry’s top songwriters, artists and producers, has promoted Sam Sarno to creative coordinator. Sarno joined SMACK in 2018 as catalog manager after graduating from Syracuse University. Her recent promotion will expand her role alongside CCO Robin Palmer and senior creative director Lee Krabel. She can be reached at

In conjunction with Sarno’s promotion, SMACK Publishing has recruited Carly Sater as catalog manager. Sater will assist the creative team and oversee SMACK’s catalog containing dozens of award-winning songs and chart topping hits. Sater comes to SMACK after 2 years at Nashville-based 1220 Entertainment where she worked as a public relations assistant. Sater can be reached at

Rounding out the new hires is Molly Bouchon, who has joined as director of digital. Bouchon will oversee artists as well as SMACK’s social strategy and act as a liaison between SMACK and digital partners across all genres. Prior to joining SMACK, Bouchon spent 3 years at Universal Music Group where she served as senior manager on the global streaming marketing team. Bouchon can be reached at


Cassidy Daniels Signs Joint Publishing Deal With Liz Rose Music, Warner Chappell Music

(L-R): Jessi Vaughn (WCM), Kate Shirley (LRM), Dave Pacula (LRM), Liz Rose (LRM), Cassidy Daniels, Ben Vaughn (WCM), Scott Ponce (LRM)

Cassidy Daniels has signed a joint co-publishing deal with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music.

A natural performer and gifted songwriter, Daniels has opened for Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne, and Rodney Atkins. She has also performed the National Anthem at multiple major league sporting events and took the stage at the Presidential Inaugural Ball.

WinSongs Music Publishing Signs Eric Van Houten

Pictured (L-R): Tiffany Dunn, Kirby Smith, Eric Van Houten, Chris DeStefano.

WinSongs Music Publishing Company, led by Chris DeStefano, has signed its second songwriter, Eric Van Houten. He will release his first song, “Know About That,” on Friday (Oct. 18) via WinSongs Music.

“Eric is the hardest working guy I know. We are so excited to officially be working with him, and can not wait to work as hard for him as he works for us.” says Kirby Smith, Creative Director of WinSongs Music.