Category Archives: Profiles

Finding the Right Artist Management

Artist managers wear many hats. However, at the core of their job is the responsibility of ensuring that artists move steadfast toward their long-term creative and professional visions. For certain, a manager is one of “The 10 People Musicians Need on Their Side.”

What, exactly, are a manager’s responsibilities, both in a long-term sense and a day-to-day sense? Can — or should — one manager take on all of those responsibilities single-handedly? How do managers help artists build a strong team culture around their craft?

We asked two artist managers – Nathan Dohse, co-founder of AGD Entertainment and the author of the Zero to 60 by AGD artist development program, and Lexee Shapiro, co-founder & artist manager, 9802 Management – to share their experience, and their insight proves tremendously valuable for any artist looking to secure management. Simply put, this is a must-read!

Finding the Right Performance Opportunities

For artists, there is much to consider when trying to score better live performance opportunities. Where can artists find paying gigs? Are the gigs in question the right fit for the artist? How can performers build relationships that will help them secure more opportunities and further their careers? Are there platforms out there that are designed to help performing artists as they search for these opportunities?

The latest article in our “10 People Musicians Need on Their Side” series tackles these questions. I reached out to Channing Moreland, who is the co-founder of EVAEVA is an online marketplace that connects entertainers with paid live event opportunities. While it’s important to note that EVA itself is not a booking agency, EVA works directly with booking agents and independent artists alike to connect musicians and entertainers – of all disciplines and career levels – to paid performance opportunities at corporate events. These opportunities can be vital toward helping entertainers build lasting relationships and grow their platforms.

HOME Elite Artist Spotlight: Taylor Bickett

Once a month, we are partnering with Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) in East Nashville to feature an artist who is enrolled in the organization’s Elite Artist Program, which teams recording artists with HOME’s Verified Producers and other business professionals to accelerate the process of creating and monetizing their music.

This month, we’re excited to feature Taylor Bickett. The musical storyteller is breaking barriers left and right — musically, her unique compositions present her truth in genre-bending fashion. In addition, Taylor recently had the honor of being crowned the first-ever female winner of Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem tournament.

One thing is for sure: Taylor Bickett is fearlessly marching toward her dreams, and there’s no keeping her — or her creativity — in a box. Learn about Taylor and her future aspirations, and then treat yourself to her latest single, “Green,” when you reach the bottom!

Previous HOME Elite Artist Spotlights:
April 2022: Natasha Blaine

Meet Taylor

What Can a Publicist Do for You?

All artists – especially those at the outset of their musical journeys – need all the support they can get, as they look to communicate their stories to the masses. Of course, that means building a fan base full of people ready and willing to engage with their art. To do that, artists also must find opportunities to connect with new audiences. Building that buzz is no easy task – especially in the beginning, and especially when attempted alone.

That’s where a publicist comes in! Publicists are the great connectors between artists and opportunities such as media features, public appearances, sponsorship opportunities, and more. The right publicist will believe in their artists and advocate on their behalf, ultimately ensuring that they find opportunities that are the best fit for their career vision.

As part of our series on the 10 People Musicians Need on Their Side, we sat down with Sarah Bennett. Sarah is a Senior Publicist at IVPR, a narrative-based music and culture public relations firm located in Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah graciously shares her insights into the world of public relations, including:

  • Her role in helping artists tell their stories.
  • What she looks for when assessing taking on a new client.
  • What artists need to be “ready” to work with a publicist or PR firm.
  • The importance of relationships for every artist.
  • What not to do when trying to grow your artist brand.
  • …and much more!

HOME Elite Artist Spotlight: Natasha Blaine

Once a month, we are partnering with Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) in East Nashville to feature an artist who is enrolled in the organization’s Elite Artist Program, which teams recording artists with HOME’s Verified Producers and other business professionals to accelerate the process of creating and monetizing their music.

First up is Natasha Blaine. A Seattle native, Natasha moved to Nashville in 2018, and has been captivating audiences in Music City with her jazz-influenced vocals and engaging live performances ever since. She just released her new single, “You Don’t Treat Me the Same,” co-produced alongside HOME-certified producer Allan Fine.

I had the chance to chat with Natasha about the new single, her creative process, and the joys of performing live. In the process, I could sense her genuine excitement for what the future holds. Read the interview below, and check out “You Don’t Treat Me the Same” when you get to the bottom!

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It’s Sunday Funday with Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and Chaun Davis of ViB

“Sunday Funday” is more than just a country-hip hop crossover single. It’s a movement unto itself.

Today on The Quinn Spinn, we have the leaders of the movement joining us in a roundtable discussion. We go in-depth about the release, their big plans for 2022 (and beyond), and the ever-increasing presence of Nashville hip hop and R&B in the musical landscape.

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The Importance of the Artist-Audience Connection with Nathan Dohse, Founder of AGD Entertainment

Nathan Dohse is the founder of AGD Entertainment and the author of the Zero to 60 by AGD artist development program. In 8 years, AGD Entertainment and its team of artist coaches has helped hundreds of artists develop their careers as they navigate the ever-changing music industry.

Nathan has much to share with us, including the importance of storytelling as a means of connecting an artist with their audience. Get ready for an insightful journey today on The Quinn Spinn!

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Finding the Right Mix: The Long and Winding Road That Led Borderline Natives to Prominence

Borderline Natives have been tearing up Nashville’s alt-rock scene lately, developing their high-energy brand of pop punk at the height of the genre’s revival. However, like any worthwhile creative journey, it hasn’t been an easy road for the emerging four-piece.

Borderline Natives frontman Kevin Barry joins The Quinn Spinn today to give a detailed account of the band’s history, the lessons learned, and how it has all translated into the opportunities standing before this band of brothers.

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An Educational Conversation About the Cannabis and Robotics Industries with Calvin Gee and Sydney Smith

On this week’s episode of The Quinn Spinn, we welcome Calvin Gee and Sydney Smith of Commons Cannabis for an educational conversation that breaks down misconceptions about the cannabis industry. Calvin is also the CEO of Graisin Robotics, and offers us insights into the future of work and artificial intelligence, and the crossover between his two companies. And, of course, we chat about the Commons Cannabis-sponsored NashLive! event, A Night to Remember: A Belated New Year’s Experience, taking place on Friday, January 28 at The East Room.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: With ‘Tarantula,’ Misty Dawn is Weaving an Empowering Story

The artist featured within our first-ever UMC Crowdfunding Spotlight is weaving a thoughtful and intricate web…

Misty Dawn is a singer-songwriter and entrepreneur with an extensive background in musical theatre and television. After spending a decade in New York City, The Texas native came to Nashville and developed a sound and style she calls “Show Country.” Misty draws influence from her vast and varied performing arts experience, while finding musical inspiration from jazz, showtunes, oldies, church hymns and — of course — classic country artists like Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Kitty Wells, and Patsy Cline.

Misty has launched a crowdfunding campaign through February 14 (that’s Valentine’s Day!) for her upcoming project, Tarantula, an 8-song concept album tentatively set for release this fall. Tarantula will honor all of Misty’s influences — with a dash of soul and swing — as it walks the thematic tightrope between societal expectations and a woman’s pursuit of her dreams.

Learn more about Tarantula below the jump, and check out these links to support Misty and learn more.

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Learn about ‘Tarantula’
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