SOLID Nashville

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    About Us

    Society of Leaders in Development

    Mission Statement:

    SOLID aims to improve the future of the music industry by strengthening its professional relationships and educating its future executives while serving the community.

    In the summer of 1996, a small group of young music industry professionals recognized the need for an organization that would directly address the issues they faced on Music Row. After a year’s worth of backyard brainstorming sessions, this original group of friends gradually and deliberately defined the parameters for the Society Of Leaders In Development (SOLID) Their vision? To develop a community for its membership that combined the social networking of the Slugs or the Young Turks with the community service of Hands on Nashville and the educational opportunities of Leadership Music, The Recording Academy or the CMA. Above all, it needed to be accessible to entry and mid-level industry professionals who may not have the resources or opportunities to belong to other organizations.

    On February 15, 2000, SOLID hosted its ‘Intro To The Row’ Party in the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Chris Neese, co-founder and first SOLID President, gave an inspired speech to a crowd of industry executives, announcing the arrival of “Generation Next” to Music Row. This declaration was not a challenge to the establishment as much as an appeal to recognize and embrace the leaders of tomorrow. Support from the individuals present that day has affirmed the need for our Society and has subsequently confirmed that SOLID has a definite role in shaping the future of Music Row.

    Today, SOLID has evolved into a collection of dynamic personalities representing all facets and levels of the music industry. SOLID continually faces the changing needs and expectations of each new class and repeatedly rises to each of these challenges. Our educational events continue to examine the critical issues facing our industry, earning critical acclaim for our willingness to honestly examine the challenges. Our outreach to universities has been recognized as a vital resource for students hoping to one day work in the music business, providing panels, lectures, shadow days and in depth introductions to the industry for interested students. Our commitment to providing opportunities for community service has helped us develop a reputation as an organization connected to the community where we live, volunteering to help with a number of causes including the Miller Harris Golf Tournament and Foundation. Our desire to encourage communication and social networking for our members is evident in our development of a content oriented website and the regular social events that help anchor our relationships.

    SOLID looks to the future, rooted firmly in the music industry and the community of Nashville. It is a dynamic organization, adapting to meet the changing needs of its membership, working tirelessly to fulfill its mission of helping others, teaching others, and leading others.


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    SOLID at Work

    Photography and Editing By Tanner Roman (additional photography by Caleb Dirks)
    Produced By Elizabeth Motley
    Organized By John Huelsman and Cassandra Lavoro

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    • SOLID has taught me the importance of building a community for yourself both personally and professionally. I am thankful for all the people I have met and relationships I have been able to foster that may not have happened another way.

      Kari Barnhart - SOLID Member· Director Music & Entertainment at Fifth Third Bank Music Group
    • SOLID provided me with an opportunity to challenge myself to nurture my leadership skills. By taking on more responsibility within the organization, I became an even bigger believer in the power of communication and fostering accountability.

      Kent Wolfenbarger - SOLID Member· Attorney at the Law Office of David Wykoff


    Upcoming SOLID Events

    There are no upcoming events at this time.



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    39 31st Annual Music Row Turkey Bowl 2016 · Turkey Bowl
    75 2016 Crawfish Boil 2016 · Crawfish Boil
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    2016 SOLID Board

    President Basak Kizilisik (Morris Higham Management)
    Vice President Eric Wright (Music Data Analytics)
    Secretary Rachel Cunningham (The Collective)
    Treasurer John Huelsman (Big Enterprises)
    Social Chair Johnny Cloherty (WME | IMG)
    Social Co-chair Kelsey McMahan (Modern Management)
    Communications Chair Jason G Zinser (So Good Entertainment)
    Communications Co-chair Matt Pramstaller (Naxos of America)
    Education Chair Juliana Lee (Notes for Notes)
    Education Co-chair Lucia Kaminsky (Warner Music Nashville)
    University Outreach Chair Tim Gray (Grayscale Entertainment)
    Community Outreach Chair Courtney Kruckeberg (Clearbox Rights)
    Community Outreach Co-Chair Ben Boyd (Music Services)
    University Outreach Co-Chair Lisa Nolan (For the Record Entertainment)
    Yard Sale Chair Kari Barnhart (Fifth Third Bank)
    Yard Sale Co-Chair Carli McLaughlin (Rebel Engine Entertainment)
    Alumni Chair Emma Tur (Warner Music Nashville + Word Entertainment)

    Our Partners


    caa        WME Logo      ACM


    songkick        Iconic Entertainment      NARAS
    Silver Sponsors

    Laci K Photography 2                Country Aircheck logo      Evolution PR
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    Around Town


    Date:December 6-7, 2016
    Time:5:00 PM
    Location: Nashville, TN
    Description: Join us as we take you through the home buying process and teach you the responsible way to purchase your first home!
    Cost: $25
    *Classes recur monthly

    Date:  December 12, 2016
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Nashville, TN (Opry Mills Mall)
    Description: “Embrace” has been hosting screenings all around the United States.  This documentary on body image works to change the attitude people have toward body image and embrace diversity.  The film has been supported by over 9000 Kickstarter pledgers and has been viewed over 25 million times.  Be sure and catch this viewing opportunity in Nashville!
    Cost: $12

    Date:  December 14, 2016
    Time: 5:00 PM
    Location: Nashville, TN
    Description: Come join Team Green Adventures to learn the basics of backpacking in the cold.  If youre already a Team Green member, receive 10% off your purchase that evening!
    Cost:  FREE

    Hey there active SOLID members! Have a wellness event or opportunity we missed this month or know of one in the upcoming months? Let us know!
    Please send event details to Sarah Vorhees