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SCORE Music Symposium Recap

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

On July 28th, we at Songpreneurs HQ participated in the SCORE Music Symposium here in Nashville, Tennessee.

Songpreneurs SCORE Music Symposium

SCORE (the Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a service branch of the United States Small Business Administration (the SBA).

Lisa O’Dell, a SCORE Nashville mentor recently received a grant to provide more resources to local clients in niche business areas such as Fashion, Ecommerce, Social Media, Food Makers, and Music.

As a SCORE client and advocate, Songpreneurs Founder Amanda Colleen Williams was able to help Lisa and Caitlin, her intern, put together a wonderful Music Business workshop, resource fair and panel for this first half day Symposium.

Here are some highlights and photos from the event with extended bios of the panelists, along with a links to some of the resource providers’ websites.

SCORE Music Symposium

Foundations for Music Careers Workshop

Taught by Amanda Colleen Williams of Songpreneurs

Using the premise “It All Begins With A Song” as NSAI’s (Nashville Songwriters Association International) motto attests, the Foundations workshop showed how “it all begins with a copyright” when it comes to monetizing music.

In a fast paced, information packed presentation, Williams traced how royalty money comes through the various licensing processes originating from the copyright bundle.

Amanda Colleen Williams teaching the SCORE Music Symposium Panel

Expert Panel

Ralph Murphy of ASCAP, career music professional, songwriter, author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting and renowned commercial musicologist. Ralph has mentored and championed hundreds of aspiring songwriter and music business professionals, and his influence and advice is priceless.

Ralph Murphy seated next to Ron Oates

Ron Oates, celebrated pianist and arranger, music archivist, former Navy and Nashville session historian. Candidate for Musicians’ Hall of Fame nomination, Ron brings decades of knowledge to bear upon the topics of diversification and mastery in the music field.

Dave Pomeroy, bassist and AFM Local 257 President. As head of the Nashville Musicians’ Union, and a career musician, Dave speaks knowledgably about the plight and rights of working musicians. By participating in U.N. conferences, Dave has been able to secure additional international protections for U.S. based musicians at home and abroad.

Rachel Rodriguez, Dave Pomeroy. Clyde Rolson, Ron Oates

Clyde Rolston, Ph.D., author and Professor at Belmont University contributed his knowledge of copyright licensing, and observations from regular interaction with college students in his Record Company Marketing courses.

Rachel Rodriguez, career music professional, Grammy nominated recording artist and mom of two young children. Rachel shared sustaining advice from her father about how to succeed, and her challenges overcoming personal doubt to becoming the inspiring, masterfully talented artist she is today.

The panel moderated by Amanda Williams was hilariously peppered with stories and antics as the three most seasoned professionals reminisced and imparted wisdom. Attendees remarked they would love to have stayed all afternoon listening to more of these impromptu moments, like pages torn from the Nashville history books.

In addition to the Foundations workshop and the expert panel, the SCORE Music Symposium included a walk through Resource Fair with brochures, representatives and swag from the following organizations:

The response so far to the first SCORE Music Symposium has been overwhelmingly positive.

Songpreneurs is honored to have been able to assist in making this inaugural event a success.

Special thank you to Ms. Sandra of the Tennessee Bankers Association for being our gracious host.

Slide show of images from the SCORE Music Symposium 2017


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