(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 Reviver/1608 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. She can be reached at email@example.com
I'm Lauren Simon, Promotion Coordinator for The Valory Music Company & proud member of WMBA! I hold my bachelor's degree in Music Industry Management as well as my certificate in Journalism. In addition to my work on Valory's Radio Promotion team, I also work for Immix Music Group, hosting events in Nashville & Chattanooga. I have been promoting shows with Immix Music Group for 4+ years now, hosting 65+ events with the Immix Team. I am loving the radio promotion world & adore my Valory Team, plus we are throwing our biggest shows yet with Immix- but when I look into my crystal ball, down the road 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. For these reasons and more, I know I would make and excellent 2018 WMBA Vice President and hope that I am voted in!
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 a 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.
I am currently the Senior Analyst of Participations for Atlantic Records with Warner Music Group. This is a brand new position for me but one I am thrilled about! It’s a specific area of royalties that involves paying the artist or label according to specific contractual deals, and can be a variety of deals including pressing & distribution, tour, merchandise or profit splits. Previously I spent 2 years as the Royalty Coordinator at Big Machine Label Group, where I was an integral part in ensuring our artists, producers and writers got paid accurately and on time. My first foot-in-the-door job in Nashville was at BMI in the business development department and then onto business affairs. I have been a member of WMBA for a full year, but the year prior to that had attended a couple of events at the encouragement of my friend & fellow WMBA member Lauren Simon! I am eager to take on a bigger role with the organization as the Events and Education Chair because I love to teach others about what a fantastic organization WMBA is as well as find fun ways to celebrate, inspire and come together at various events throughout the year. ts.
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 be nominated for 2018 Events and Education Co-Chair and welcome the opportunity to help bring engaging and inspirational speakers to our organization and empower our wonderful group of women 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 Events & Education
I am an Ohio native that moved to Nashville to pursue my career in the music industry. In the last year, I’ve had the pleasure and honor of serving as co-chair for membership and marketing along with starting a new chapter in my career as the digital account manager for RCA Inspiration.
In that year, I've learned a ton about WMBA, myself and most importantly our members. I would love to continue to serve as co-chair so I can put the things I've learned into action. Next year, I want to build a community within our organization and create partnerships with other local organizations. With the majority of us being transplanted to Nashville, having a community you can count on is important. WMBA was pivotal in building my community when I moved back to Nashville three years ago and I want to continue to foster existing relationships while helping building new relationships and friendships. Also, partnering with other local organizations will extend our reach and create a broader awareness of our organization. WMBA is an organization that has fierce, educated, talented women who are changing the landscape of the music industry in Nashville and I’m proud and blessed to be part of this organization.
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. Go say hi!Email Membership & Marketing