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2016 Membership Spotlight: Dana Lalevee

What is your name?
Dana Lalevee

Why did you get into the music industry?
Music has always been a part of my life in some capacity. I was always in choirs and plays, and took piano lessons for 10 years. Music seemed like a natural career path. I’ve also always been a “behind the scenes” kind of gal, so working FOR the people who are the creators felt like the direction for me. It’s fulfilling to be able to help artists continue their craft in any way possible.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of being elected President of the WMBA. Some days I still wake up and think “I’m President, how neat?!” I’ve been involved with our group for four years now, so taking on a leadership role like this is very much a huge accomplishment in my eyes.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
This year I’m looking to learn more of what it takes to be an effective leader, to learn more about all of our new members, and to learn the ways each of you want to take our group to a new level in our community!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Anywhere with a bulldog 😉

What was the first album you ever purchased?
The first CD I remember buying was Toni Braxton’s “Secrets.”

What is your favorite book?
Animal Farm by George Orwell.

What is your favorite movie?
This is a toughie. I know the movie Twister verbatim, so I suppose that counts for something.

What song is always stuck in your head?
It never seems to be the same, but my alarm is the opening riff to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates, so I start most mornings with that on the brain!

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

At the moment, cheese. The low carb/high fat lifestyle has me reaching for a lot of cheese.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere my family is – I have two nieces and a nephew that light up my life. Getting to visit them 2x a year isn’t nearly enough!

What’s something surprising about you?
I can paint and draw. It doesn’t happen as often as I would like anymore, but I have an artsy side!

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2016 Membership Spotlight: Rachel Cunningham

What is your name?
Rachel Cunningham

Why did you get into the music industry?
I got into this industry because I refused to work at a job every day that I didn’t love. I worked in healthcare for a long time and as wonderful as it was, I never felt fulfilled. I found myself dreading going into work so I swore to put an end to it. Music was the thing I loved the most so I moved to Tennessee without knowing a soul, got a degree in Music Business and convinced someone to hire me. It’s been an interesting ride ever since!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Becoming the first college graduate in my family and finishing with a 4.0 felt pretty epic.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years, I plan to be managing my own clients. Currently I’m a day to day manager at The Collective. I help oversee the careers of Sara Evans, Clint Black, Corey Smith, Sister C, Elizabeth Huett, Edwin McCain, and Steve Wariner. I learn so much every day under the guidance of my amazing bosses and mentors. In 5 years though, I hope to have enough knowledge and experience to sign and manage my own acts.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
I think it was a WOW CD – a Christian hits compilation album.

What is your favorite book?
It’s a toss up between the Harry Potter series (they count as 1, right?) and The Giver.

What is your favorite movie?
Does anyone really have just one favorite? My top choices would be Harry Potter, The Last Samurai, and About Time.

What song is always stuck in your head?
The Indiana Jones theme song which doesn’t make much sense since I haven’t even seen all of the movies. John Williams is such a boss though so I don’t question it.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

Vodka. Ha – just being honest!

Where is your favorite place in the world?
My couch in my apartment is currently my favorite place in the world. I don’t get a lot of down time so I really value the moments when I get to chill in my PJs and watch some mindless TV.

What’s something surprising about you?
My fiance and I are doing a cruise wedding!! This September, 75 of our closest friends and family will board a cruise ship with us, sail for a few days, port in Mexico, watch us get hitched, and then get back on board and party.

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2016 Officers and Members

The following women have been elected as officers:President: Dana Lalevee (BMI)
Vice President: Stacy Scism (Capitol Christian Music Group)
Treasurer: Marissa Bond (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy)
Secretary: Julia Grimoldi (Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
Events and Education Chairmen: Meredith Bunch (The Erv Woolsey Company) and Kristen England (Country Radio Seminar)
Membership and Marketing Chairman: Lauren Perry (Big Machine Label Group)

The WMBA is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Chairman of the Board Cindy Hunt (Monarch Publicity), Lindsey Clark (Deaton Flanigen Productions), Amery Fridenstine (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy), Becky Harris (Huskins-Harris Business Management) and Brandi Simms (CMA). WMBA’s alumni branch is headed by co-chairmen Trina Lloyd-Weidner and Camilla Kleindienst.

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WMBA Welcomes Sandra Westerman-Stillwagon of Sandbox Entertainment to Monthly Membership Meeting


L to R: Meredith Bunch, Marissa Bond, Kristen England, Sandra Westerman-Stillwagon,
Dana Lalevee, Stacy Scism, Julia Grimoldi, Lauren Perry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 18, 2016) – The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) welcomed Sandbox Entertainment’s Sandra Westerman-Stillwagon to the organization’s monthly membership meeting held at ASCAP on Tuesday, February 16th.Sandra Westerman-Stillwagon is the day-to-day manager for Faith Hill at Sandbox Entertainment, as well as working on various projects within the company.  Having been with Faith for the last 21 years, Sandra serves as one of the central figures for all communication and approvals for a vast team that surrounds every aspect of this superstar’s career, including managing corporate sponsorships (Coty Fragrances, Teleflora, CoverGirl, Hershey and Jeep), and projects including NBC’s Sunday Night Football, as well as all three of her network television specials.

Sandra started out her career at ICM and APA in Los Angeles before moving into management at Borman Entertainment.  While there, she worked with various artists including Faith, Dwight Yoakam, Violent Femmes, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

She has co-produced charity events including Nashville Rising and Bama Rising. She is on the ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Advisory Board and is an alumni of Leadership Music, Class of 2009.

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2016 Membership Spotlight: Laura Covington Kimbrell

What is your name?
Laura Covington Kimbrell

Why did you get into the music industry?
I have always felt a deep personal connection to music. As a child I spent most of my free time listening to music, studying lyrics and using my amateur skills to analyze them. I was fortunate enough to earn a full scholarship to Belmont University (thanks to my golf skills) and then landed a job at TKO Artist Management shortly after graduating.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I go on tour with Toby Keith, working with building reps in the mornings to set up Toby’s Wild Shot Mezcal inflatable bar, then do various tasks throughout the day mostly related to the bar, then train bartenders when they arrive, educate local models that I’ve hired for the concert on the product, work the crowd leading up to the show, work during the show and entertain radio VIPs and guests on our bus after the show. I’m most proud that I’m able to handle these long hours on a regular basis without giving out!

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I love connecting with women in the music industry. WMBA is the perfect platform to meet women who work in all aspects of the industry.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years, I see myself at TKO Artist Management with a broader range of responsibilities that are possibly more social media driven.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
I’m pretty sure the first album that I purchased with my own money was AC/DC “What Hits” on CASSETTE! The song “Under The Bridge” blew me away. I can still remember the way the liner notes smelled when I opened them.

What is your favorite book?
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

What is your favorite movie?
I have so many favorites but I always look forward to seeing A Christmas Story each year.

What song is always stuck in your head?
Typically, whatever song I heard last on my drive into work is the song that’s stuck in my head that entire day.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
White wine. It’s pitiful. I don’t keep anything that expires within reason because I travel too much and end up having to throw it all away.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Depending on my mood, Venice, Italy or Paris, France or Copenhagen, Denmark.

What’s something surprising about you?
I LOVE math 🙂

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2016 Membership Spotlight: Nancy Deckant

What is your name?
Nancy Deckant

Why did you get into the music industry?
I have written songs and been in rock bands since my mom gave me my first guitar at 14. NSAI has been instrumental in helping me becoming better at the craft of songwriting. I have been a workshop coordinator for NSAI since 2007.

Three years ago I moved to Nashville. I am a songwriter at Riser Music and as Sr. Creative Director, I do songplugging and publishing.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
OK, you must be talking about music, so I would say…having the courage to follow my dreams and learning that my family and the people around me would truely supports me in it as well as be inspired by it.

I am the luckiest woman alive everytime I step into a writer’s room, in front of microphone to sing, or make a deal between a hit writer and an artist that needs a great song to help his/her career…or anytime.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Just wanna get know other fantastic women in the music business.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Rubber Soul baby!

What is your favorite book?
Ha!

What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride…
Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can fuss.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss… I think he like to scream at us.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no harm.
Fezzik: He’s really very short on charm.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?

What song is always stuck in your head?
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!
Can’t help it. I’m from Pittsburgh.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Dare I say “Chocolate!”

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Hugging people I love that want to be hugged.

What’s something surprising about you?
A fun fact..I chase my 2 year old grandkids around corners like I’m a zombie. Now they’re always going raaaaaahhhh….

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March Meeting: ”Life of a Song” Panel

On Tuesday, March 18th, we held our monthly general membership meeting at ASCAP, which included a panel on “the life of a song,” from the co-writes to the cuts and beyond. Moderated by ASCAP head of Membership/Creative LeAnn Phelan, featured panelists included songwriter-artist Sherrie Austin, HoriPro Senior VP of Creative Services Butch Baker,  Magic Mustang Music Creative Director Juli Griffith, and SESAC Senior Director of Writer/Publisher Relations Shannan Hatch. The panelists shared stories of their careers and their expertise in songwriting, pitching, publishing and production with 
the WMBA’s membership. Thanks so much to everyone that came out to the panel. It was a success and we hope everyone left feeling like you really learned more about songwriting.
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WMBA Features John Clore at New Member Retreat

Music Row – WMBA Welcomes New Members

The women of the WMBA welcomed new members with a half-day retreat at ASCAP on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event was highlighted by guest speaker John Clore. Clore is Director, Brand Management at Word Entertainment and the author of The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You, his first book. For more information, visit johnclore.com.

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WMBA Hosting Pop-up Consignment Boutique Fundraiser at ASCAP May 10

WMBA’s Consignment Boutique Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at ASCAP. Continue reading “WMBA Hosting Pop-up Consignment Boutique Fundraiser at ASCAP May 10”

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March Membership Spotlight: Becky McIntosh

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NAME: 
Becky McIntosh
HOMETOWN: Hendersonville, TN
COMPANY NAME/POSITION: Luna Chica Publishing, Creative Director/Song Plugger
WHY YOU GOT INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: I have always loved music and singing since I was a little girl.  When I am listening to certain songs or if I am in a room while an Artist is singing sometimes I get a tingling feeling that goes from my head to my toes and that’s when I know that I am where I am supposed to be.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO LEARN IN WMBA: I want to learn more about the music industry and meet and network with some of Nashville’s most successful women in the industry.
FIRST ALBUM EVER PURCHASED: Boston in 1976
FAVORITE BOOK: Any cookbook
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Hangover
ONE ITEM YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE: Homemade Salsa
YOUR FAVORITE PLACE: A beach, anywhere – with a margarita!