2017 Membership Spotlight: Ellen Mundy

What is your name?
Ellen Mundy

Why did you get into the music industry?
Music was my first love, an escape for me as a kid. I grew up singing along to country music classics and in choirs. In high school, while interning for Edwin McCain, his studio manager said “this isn’t a women’s world, kid”… and I’ve been hooked ever since.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
While working at the T.J. Martell Foundation, I spearheaded fundraising campaigns with young professionals, children, and country music fans to raise over $50,000 for cancer research. F#ck cancer!

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’ve been participating in WMBA for many years and each year I look forward to meeting and bonding with the ladies.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Tim McGraw’s Not a Moment Too Soon

What is your favorite book?
Love Does by Bob Goff
The Bible. (1st John or Ruth)

What is your favorite movie?
How To Be Single

What song is always stuck in your head?
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feelin’”

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Havana, Cuba

What’s something surprising about you?
I used to weigh more than some professional football players.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Wine, of course.

WMBA Welcomes New Officers And Members

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) has announced its new officers and 28 new members for 2017.

Officers:
President: Dana Lalevee (Nashville Songwriters Association International)
Vice President: Julia Grimoldi (Sony/ATV)
Secretary: Ellen Mundy (Paradigm Talent Agency)
Treasurer: Jana Horvath (Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, Inc.)
Events & Education Co-Chairs: Kortney Toney (Motown Gospel) and Makenzie Williams (Sony/ATV)
Membership & Marketing Co-Chairs: Charlene Bryant (RCA Inspiration) and Rachael Gerringer (HarperCollins Publishing/Freelance)

New Members:
Holly Atherton
Jessica Bowling
Elizabeth Brock
Alexandra Bruno
Jamie Bruno
Elyse Chamberlain
Sarah Champion
Dana Dickie
Thalia Ewing
Michelle Garramone
Kelley Goss
Sarah Harris
AJ Jansen
Terah Kimbrell
Mykael LaBar
Cindy Maier
Katie Rose
Alexa Ryncavage
Kayleigh Shoemaker
Charla Smith
Grace Stern
Cynthia Torres
Katie Travis
Adriana Uribe
Kristin Van Zant
Erica Vogler
Kendel White
Kelsey Wise

WMBA is currently booking guest speakers and panelists from the music industry, seeking educational opportunities for its membership, and accepting sponsorships for 2017. For more information or to participate, email info@wmbanashville.org. For more information about the WMBA, visit www.wmbanashville.org.

2016 Sponsorship Spotlight: The Country

                        
What is the name of your company?
The Country

What does your company do?
The Country is a bar and music venue located in the heart of West End Park. We like to think of ourselves as a bar for new Nashville, but also a nod to all the things that have made Nashville the amazing city it is today! We showcase local and regional talent across all genres 7 nights a week. Our bar features 24 drafts selected from the best breweries in the southeast, a cocktail menu featuring locally distilled spirits, and a kitchen specializing southern pub grub.

Tell us something the average Nashvillian may not know about your company.
One of The Country’s owners is a female general contractor. She designed and built our beautiful bar!

How long has your company been in the Nashville area?
The Country opened in September of 2015. We’ve been serving up cocktails and tunes for a little over a year now, but we’ve operated restaurants in Nashville for the past 14 years.

Please share your website so our members can find you!
http://thecountrynashville.com/

2016 Sponsorship Spotlight: Premier Parking

                    
What is the name of your company?
Premier Parking

What does your company do?
Provides full scope parking management services.

Tell us something the average Nashvillian may not know about your company.
We started in Nashville with just one surface lot, and have grown to a company of nearly 350 locations in 24 cities.

How long has your company been in the Nashville area?
Since 2001.

Please share your website so our members can find you!
www.premierparking.com

2016 Membership Spotlight: Risa Binder

             

What is your name?
Risa Binder

Why did you get into the music industry?
I started writing songs about boys I had crushes on when I was in high school. I would play them and then my parents would ask..”who is that about?” And I would say ..”No one..I made it up.”

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of touring as the opening act for Ronnie Milsap this past year and getting to perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame right after he was inducted.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’m excited to be a part of a community of women who are passionate about their careers in the music industry and I’m fascinated with how the behind the scenes works since I’m on the performance side.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself touring with my albumalong side other country music artists I love as well as continuing to uplift people by putting positive creative content out into the world.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Muppets Christmas record haha!

What is your favorite book?
The Power of Focus

What is your favorite movie?
That’s so hard, I love so many movies especially movies that make me laugh.

I love awkward comedies so anything Judd Apatow does.

What song is always stuck in your head?
Right now I’m into starting my day by centering myself with a prayer so Lauren Daigle’s song “First” has been going around and around in my head.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Chocolate.
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
On a stage with my band performing. The most incredible feeling is putting on a super fun show for an audience and making people happy through music!

What’s something surprising about you?
I’m really great at knowing where the best dessert and coffee shops are while traveling ..my two favorite things to do are sing and eat dessert!

2017 WMBA Applications Open

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 5, 2016) – You’re invited to join the Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) for an open meeting and mixer sponsored by Edgehill Cafe and Monarch Publicity on Tuesday, October 18th at Edgehill Cafe from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Enjoy complimentary light appetizers and drinks as we discuss membership, benefits, alumni, and more!  The WMBA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering opportunities for women within the music industry through education, networking, industry involvement, community service, and organizational fellowship.  The WMBA will be accepting applications through December 1, 2016.  Visit wmbanashville.org/membership for more information.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Rachael Gerringer

                            

 

What is your name?
Rachael Gerringer

Why did you get into the music industry?
Music is my passion. While I have bounced back and forth as a graphic designer with book and magazine publishing, music is my number one passion and it’s where I will always come back to or keep one foot into because I literally cannot live without music.

I read a quote recently that said, “The work you do when you are procrastinating is the work you should be doing the rest of your life.”

That is music related graphic design for me. It is what I have to be doing at all times.. even when I am in and out of the industry, I am still at some capacity doing it always!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Tooting my own professional horn is something that makes me squirm, haha so instead can I say the fun or SILLY ones?!……

Liiiiiiike winning the Live Nation employee Halloween Costume Contest for my (work-appropriate) version of Katy Perry’s Peppermint tour dress that I crafted myself?? Katy is my favorite and so is Halloweeeeeeen!

…. but I briefly lived in NYC for few very narrow years, and it means so much to me because I had always dreamt of living there. I didn’t know a single soul in the city and got off a plane with only 2 suitcases and built a life there alone. And I guess, “If I can make there, I’ll make it anywhere..” or something like that? Since I grew up in a teeny “cows & cornfields” town (where people rarely if ever leave), it felt like an accomplishment to me at least? So though I am back HOME in Tennessee, NYC will always have my heart!

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I think WMBA is a wonderful tool for us to pool all of our resources. It is here so that we can help each other out when we need it, and to look out for each other. I think for me personally to it’s the best tool to network!!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I will be married (I got engaged, 2 weeks ago, yay!) And ruling the world with all of you wonderful women here in Nashville within the music industry!

What was the first album you ever purchased?
I remember a few of my first album purchases vividly:

Green Day – Dookie
Dave Matthews Band – Crash
Usher – My Way
Backstreet Boys – self entitled
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Incubus – Drive
Third Eye Blind – Blue

And I am not ashamed of any of those!

What is your favorite book?
That is a toughie… But I do remember reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when I was very young and being on my bed laughing out loud late at night trying not to wake anyone up! Nothing like the weirdness and ‘gonzo’ journalism of Hunter S. Thompson.

What is your favorite movie?
Hands down, it is “Almost Famous”. If you LOVE music and haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP!!

What song is always stuck in your head?
Semi-Charmed Kind of Life – Third Eye Blind

… or more than likely actually, something from the RENT or Wicked soundtracks. I am mostly a classic rock girl, but Broadway has its place in my heart, too.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Strawberry Yogurt, Sauvignon Blanc and The Laughing Cow low-cal Swiss Cheese wedges, haha OMG, yum!

I once read that Prince had the Dunkaroos snacks in his fridge at all times back when those things were around, ha!… what guy.
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
That’s a no brainer. I have two. The Bow Bridge in Central Park AND the Motherchurch, aka the Ryman Auditorium.

What’s something surprising about you?
This is not actually not surprising or shocking to anyone if you have known me more than 5 minutes, but I am the very proud mother of the cutest dog in the world, Rigby! Yes, his name is a Beatles reference. He’s my little muffin maltipoo furball and I love him very much. You can even follow him on instagram! @rigbycity. (Yep..I am that crazy about him!)

2016 Membership Spotlight: Coti Howell

                             

What is your name?
Coti Howell

Why did you get into the music industry?
I’m a product of the music business and have been going to concerts since I was in the womb. I shadowed my dad growing up and knew music was something I deeply connected with.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I still think back on my first ever “big” assignment and I can’t believe how well I tackled it. I wrote a four-page spread in a national magazine as my very first assignment as a freelancer.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Anything I can! I’ve learned so much already. I’m like a sponge when it comes to this business — I want to learn anything I can.

I’m most excited about networking with other talented women.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I’d like to be even more submerged in music journalism. I want to be where I am now but doing so much more of it — more opportunities, more artist interviews, more event coverage! Although I’m very happy where I’m at, I’m also incredibly eager to be doing more of it.

I also wouldn’t mind having even more social media expertise and using that to teach others while making money.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Tonic’s Lemon Parade

What is your favorite book?
Heavier Than Heaven (Kurt Cobain biography)

What is your favorite movie?
Garden State!

What song is always stuck in your head?
This changes every day but right now I can’t stop listening to the new one from Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion,” and “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
WINE!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Bangkok, Thailand! I also have a soft spot for Venice.

What’s something surprising about you?
I fell so in love with Bangkok on a father-daughter trip that I moved there a few months later. I sold all my belongings, packed my bags and left the country knowing no one, not having a job and not sure what I’d be doing when I got there. It was terrifying and amazing at the same time.

Ultimately, It was the best decision I have ever made.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Makenzie Williams

                       

What is your name?
Makenzie Williams

Why did you get into the music industry?
My love for songs, which turned into a love for songwriters. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me to be working in music publishing.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would have to say graduating college (twice) with three degrees. I was the first person in my family to attend college so this is pretty monumental for me.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Networking!! WMBA is special because it helps us to connect closer to women in the industry and you can’t find that anywhere else.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, still in music publishing since that is where my heart is. I would really like to say that in the next five years I will be working in more of a creative role where I would get to work closer to songwriters.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
TLC – Crazy Sexy Cool

What is your favorite book?
First thing that came to mind was Jay-Z’s “Decoded”, but the list is long.

What is your favorite movie?
The Departed (I grew up in Boston, I can’t help it)

What song is always stuck in your head?
Currently, the entire Hamilton Cast Album. All 50 songs are on a constant loop in my head.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Chocolate!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Martha’s Vineyard. I spent every summer there as a kid, and I take every chance I get to go back.

What’s something surprising about you?
I’ve had a crazy fascination with the Kennedy family since I was about 8 years old. If you ever want to talk to someone about Kennedy conspiracy theories, come find me :)

2016 Membership Spotlight: Jana Horvath

             

What is your name?
Jana (Yana) Horvath

Why did you get into the music industry?
I have always loved music I think like most people, but I didn’t find the music industry it found me haha. I had decided to move to East Nashville after college, and knew some friends that lived and worked in Nashville. I emailed my resume to a friend that worked at Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, and accepted a job working on Julie Boos’ team in October 2014. This October I’ll be celebrating 2 years at Flood and as an East Nashvillian!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Buying my first home when I was 20.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Albert Einstein has one of my favorite quotes “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”.

There are so many different facets of the industry, and I am excited to learn about the areas I am not exposed to a lot.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am going back to Belmont for my Master’s in Accounting (with an emphasis in Music Business) in the Fall of 2017. I plan to sit for the C.P.A. after I complete that program.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Cher – Believe

What is your favorite book?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
All the Harry Potter Books

What is your favorite movie?
Moulin Rouge

What song is always stuck in your head?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Cheese, Olives, and Wine!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I couldn’t just pick one but my top (3) are my Parent’s farm in Fayetteville, TN, my Grandparent’s farm in Hoogstraten, Belgium, and the steps of the La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre in Paris.

What’s something surprising about you?
My mother isn’t an American citizen so my brother and I have dual citizenship in the USA and Belgium.

I also just recently started taking Dobro lessons!