The new site, which officially launched last week, is a community, city and industry-sponsored initiative created to “help artists, songwriters, musicians, technicians and industry professionals simplify and streamline the craft and business of making music.”
The site’s creators, Doak Turner and Will Carter, held a huge launch party at the Red Rooster restaurant in Nashville, attended by over 250 members of the music industry. There they showed off the new site, which currently features over 100 video clips, offering instruction and professional advice from music songwriters, artists, publishers, and pros from ASCAP, BMI ,SESAC, and NSAI, as well as an image coach, vocal coach, entertainment attorney, and a banker.
Attending the launch party were hit songwriters Byron Hill, Rory Bourke, Rand Bishop, and NSAI’s Sheree’ Spoltore. Also on hand was Douglas Waterman, co-owner of American Songwriter magazine.
Other distinguished guests included Marty Raybon of Shenandoah, hit songwriters Joie Scott, Gary Hannan, Bernie Nelson, Steve Leslie and Lisa Aschman, Ole’ publisher Shane Barrett, Preston Sullivan, Country Weekly’s Bob Paxman and NY Times contributor Phil Sweetland.
“This is a great illustration of what Nashville is,” said Ralph Schulz, President and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Nashville is an entrepreneurial city and entrepreneurship is about taking an idea and making it happen. MusicStartsHere.org is so important and necessary and is fulfilling a great need for this city. It is going to help so many people accelerate their success in this community and we will continue to encourage MusicStartsHere.org as we move forward.”