(Publicist – Monarch Publicity) Cindy Hunt first got her start in the music business at RCA Records Nashville, working in radio promotion and later in sales/marketing. After joining Disney’s Lyric Street Records in 2005 as the label’s head of PR, she founded Monarch Publicity in 2010. Hunt was an honoree at 2013’s Music Row “Rising Women on the Row” ceremony and is a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Music. She holds an M.B.A. from Belmont University. Hunt is recently married and, when at home, enjoys reading, getting creative in the kitchen, and gardening. Having lived abroad twice as an Army brat, her personal bucket list includes adding a new stamp to her passport each year.
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Ellen Mundy, a SC native until 2011, joined the 1608/Reviver Music team as Southeast Manager of Promotion earlier this year, working with Josh Gracin, Shane Owens, and Blackjack Billy. Prior stops include Paradigm Talent Agency, BMLG’s Valory Music Co., and T.J. Martell Foundation.
An official member of WMBA for 5+ years, Ellen has been involved with the organization since 2009, when she tagged-along to events and meetings with her older sister. She served in 2015 as Events + Education chair and Secretary in 2017.
“WMBA holds a special place in my heart because I love the women in this organization. I love how we are here to build one another up and to work together in our industry, and I love being associated with women that will rule Music Row TOGETHER.”
In her free time, Ellen enjoys cheering on the GA Bulldawgs, exploring this awesome city, and time spent as AuntE. Email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Simon, Promotion Coordinator for The Valory Music Company, is proud to be Vice President of WMBA! She holds a bachelor's degree in Music Industry Management and a certificate in Journalism. In addition to her work on Valory's Radio Promotion team, Simon also works for Immix Music Group, hosting events in Nashville & Chattanooga. She has been promoting shows with Immix Music Group for 5+ years now, hosting 75+ events with the Immix Team. Simon says "I am loving the radio promotion world & adore my Valory Team, plus we are throwing our biggest shows yet with Immix. When I look into my crystal ball I envision myself in a leadership role. I find it natural and easy to communicate with others, especially in person. I am a natural promoter. My intuitive traits help me to connect with individuals of all levels, be it through facts and logic, or raw emotion. I easily see people’s motivations and seemingly disconnected events, and I’m able to bring these ideas together and communicate them as a common goal with eloquence. My capacity for insightful and inspiring communication coupled with sensitivity to the needs of others is really showcased when managing teams." Simon is excited to help take WMBA to the next level in 2018! Email Lauren at email@example.com
Kortney Toney is an accomplished communications professional, digital strategist and advocate with several years of experience working in the music industry. She has held multiple roles in communications including: Public Relations, Marketing and Digital Marketing.
In her current role, she helps to lead a comprehensive communications department including media and external relations, reputation and image building, brand management, web services, social media, design services and internal communications. In addition to that, she works with leadership to produce a communications strategy on an entertainment and political platform, and orchestrates the plan for sharing the organization’s message.
As a graduate of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, Kortney tries to live by the message of Gandhi to “be the change that you wish to see in the world”. She believes in it and takes it to heart every day in everything she does, and with everyone she meets.
As Secretary, Kortney hopes to continue to build upon the legacy of the organization, but also work hard with the incoming officers, and new and current members on taking the organization into an even bigger level for 2018.
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Jana Horvath is an Entertainment Accountant at the award winning business and financial management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc. She works closely with touring musicians and entertainers to manage their personal and professional finances, while helping them reach their long term goals.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University, and is an Alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Jana currently volunteers with Nashville Habitat for Humanity as a budget coach, and is an active member of the SOLID social committee. She enjoys traveling, hiking, meditation, and spending time with family and friends.
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Dana is a self-proclaimed beach bum who moved to Nashville from Charleston, SC in 2013 to pursue her career aspirations. She’s a proud College of Charleston Cougar with both an Arts Management and Economics degree. Working on a summer tour for Rascal Flatts encouraged Dana to make the move from the film industry to the music world.
After spending 2 years at BMI in Business Affairs, followed by 2 years at Big Machine Label Group in Royalties, Dana recently began a new adventure in October 2017 at Warner Music Group. Currently the Senior Analyst in the Participations department for Atlantic Records, her normal day is filled with reading contracts, analyzing financial statements, and making sure the artists get paid the big bucks.
Dana became a full-fledged WMBA member after joining officially in 2016 at the encouragement of fellow officer and friend, Lauren Simon. She’s excited to serve as the Education and Events Co-Chair to give back to the wonderful community of women who have helped her along the way, and to spread inspiration and support to the ladies of the Nashville music business community.
When she’s not working or at various business events, she’ll be hanging with her rescue dog Riley, traveling to see her roadie husband, or finding new delicious restaurants to try. Email Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An unabashed music fan, Mary Larimer has spent more than a decade channeling that love of music into a successful career in the Nashville music industry. Moving across country following her college graduation, Larimer secured a position in the development department of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Her responsibilities included helping to plan and execute the annual Hall of Fame induction, the Medallion Ceremony, as well as the multi-artist All for the Hall concerts in New York and Nashville. She was often called on to conduct VIP tours of the museum, which allowed her to share her love of the museum and the music.
"I was particularly drawn to the exhibits of Tammy Wynette and Brenda Lee," she asserts. "They were both strong women who were savvy businesswomen as well. I think that is what drew me to WMBA--that sense of women empowering women, sharing experiences and learning more about the industry.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member and believe deeply in WMBA’s mission. I’m honored to serve as Events and Education Co-Chair and welcome the opportunity to help bring engaging and inspirational speakers to our organization and empower our wonderful members to expand their industry knowledge and connect with their community.”
Following her time at the museum, Larimer worked in the Global Copyright Department at Sony/ATV. She is now part of the Contracts team at Paradigm Talent Agency. "I am supporting touring artists, enjoy being part of a team and continue to learn new things in the booking industry."
An Ohio native, Larimer received a degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound. She is a member of SOLID. Email Mary at email@example.com.
Charlene Bryant is a Digital Account Manager for Sony/RCA Inspiration, who partners with Apple Music, Spotify and a host of other digital/streaming platforms to gain visibility for artists on the roster. She is passionate about helping artists and more importantly, bringing a consciousness of the Christian & Gospel genre to the masses.
Charlene is a transplant to Nashville by way of Canton, Ohio. During her matriculation at Belmont University, she has garnered internships with all three major labels and landed her first paying gig after college, managing a live music venue. After two years of increased record attendance at the venue, she pivoted and began working at a record label.
Charlene is a results-driven professional that understands and appreciates the importance of relationships in the music industry. She holds a Business Administration degree in music business in from Belmont University.
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With previous experience at Relix music magazine and Live Nation Entertainment in New York City, Rachael has now switched gears and made her way back to Nashville where she now works in publishing and freelances for all of the outrageous talent that Nashville has to offer. You can find her hanging out with her maltipoo puppy Rigby, or win her over for life with an iced coffee. She is a music fanatic and friend to all, and would love to meet you at the next WMBA meeting. Come say hi!
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