Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017 SOLID Scholarship

The 2017 SOLID Scholarship application is now available and open to anyone working towards a career in the music industry!

Scholarship Details:

Award recipient will receive $1,000.00 towards their tuition, room/board, books/supplies, and other miscellaneous educational expenses. Any currently enrolled students that meet the requirements are encouraged to apply, including graduating seniors. The Scholarship recipient will be paired with a SOLID mentor over the semester to connect one-­on-­one with an industry professional, as well as receive an invitation to attend SOLID’s Fall General Assembly meeting on October 24,2017 for recognition for his or her achievement. 

Timeline: 

September 15, 2017: Application due date
September 22, 2017: Finalist Notified
September 25 – 29, 2017:  Finalist Personal Interviews
October 4, 2017: Winner Notified
October 24, 2017: Winner recognized at SOLID Meeting

In order to apply, students must: 

  • Be enrolled in a recording industry related field of study, or comparable coursework, at an accredited, Nashville area, university or college.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from their educational institution.
  • Complete the Scholarship Application below.
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Please submit a copy of your transcript proving your GPA / screen shots of unofficial transcripts. 

Please email all materials to: soliduniversityoutreach@gmail.com 

To apply now, click here

SOLID ANNOUNCES 18TH ANNUAL CRAWFISH BOIL

The Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) announced their 18th Annual Crawfish Boil on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Sony/ATV parking lot, located at 8 Music Sq. W. in Nashville. Admission is free, as well as food and drinks. Food will be provided by Papa Bordreaux Catering and beer will be provided by Lagunitas. Sponsors for the 18th Annual Crawfish boil include: Blue Chair Bay, Artistnoize, Code Word, Lyft +Ride Codes and Allan’s Logo.

SOLID has also partnered with Lyft to provide a safe ride to and from the event. New to Lyft? Get 2 Free rides (up to $10 each) at http://lyft.com/i/solidcb or download the app and enter promo code SOLIDCD. Already have Lyft? Save 15% off to and from the event with promo code SOLIDCB15.

SOLID was created in 1997 with the vision to develop a community for music industry professionals to network and brainstorm, while also providing educational opportunities for entry to mid-level professionals.

SOLID PLANS ANNUAL MUSIC ROW MADNESS BOWL

SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) will host their 7th Annual Music Row Madness Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowling Tournament on Wednesday, March 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Donelson Strike and Spare (2710 Old Lebanon Rd.). All proceeds from the “bowl-a-thon” style event will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

Though hosted by SOLID, registration is open to the public. Each team must consist of five or six individuals and raise a minimum of $750. Participants also have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including a private Pedal Tavern ride for 16 people and gift cards to Nashville area hot spots, including Five Points Pizza, White’s Mercantile and Grimeys.

In addition to team participation, SOLID is seeking corporate sponsors for a minimum donation of $500. Last year, SOLID raised and donated over $29,000 to the organization.

“We’ve had a wonderful relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters over the years and truly appreciate the impact they have on the Nashville community,” said SOLID President Basak Kizilisik. “We look forward to our bowl-a-thon each year and hope to raise the bar this year in terms of donations and support.”

The team registration deadline is March 20. To register your team, go to http://bit.ly/SOLID-BOWL17. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Ben Boyd at boydben83@gmail.com or Courtney Hyder at courtney@themcollective.com.

31st Annual Music Row Turkey Bowl

SOLID is proud to announce that $6,646.48 was raised for Firefighters for Operation Warm and donate 17,402 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank during the 31st Annual Music Row Turkey Bowl on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

Team APA took home the trophy again this year as back-to-back Music Row Turkey Bowl Champs! Congratulations to them, and thank you to everyone who participated, attended and cheered during this event.

First Annual Turkey Bowl Tailgate

WME is sponsoring the First Annual Turkey Bowl Tailgate! Please join WME and SOLID at the Turkey Bowl on Saturday, November 19th for complimentary food, snacks, beverages, speakers, games, and more!

Remember: all Turkey Bowl proceeds will benefit Nashville Firefighters for Operation Warm, which provides American-made winter coats at no cost to underprivileged children in the local community.  All canned goods donated will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information or to sign up a team for this event, please click here.

SOLID SEALS 2017 BOARD IN PREPARATION FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Music-industry networking and community-service organization, Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID), charges into its 20th year with new executive board and committee leadership as it concludes on of its successful years to date. SOLID closes 2016 having showcased an impressive roster of keystone speakers and panelists and having organized the highly impactful networking and community service-centric events it has come to be known for. 

“It’s an honor to be heading into my second year as President of SOLID,” said current 2016, and newly elected 2017 SOLID President, Basak Kizilisik. “2017, SOLID’s 20th year, is an incredible milestone for us. This is an amazing legacy to be part of and I can only hope that we’ll be able to honor our history and accomplishments in a way that makes our alumni proud.”

SOLID 2017 Executive Board

President - Basak Kizilisik, Morris Higham Management
Vice President - Rachel Seneff, Collective Artist Management
Treasurer - Johnny Cloherty, William Morris Endeavor
Secretary - Emma Tur - Warner Music Nashville

SOLID 2017 Committee Chairs

Social -  Rachel Glidden
Communications – Elise Anderson
University Outreach – Lisa Nolan
Community Outreach – Ben Boyd
Music Market – Matt Najdowski
20th Anniversary- Kari Barnhart
Alumni – Juliana Lee
Alumni Co-Chair – Tim Gray
Education – Matt Pramstaller

The newly elected board seeks to carry the momentum that the organization has steadily built over the last 20 years into 2017. 

Throughout 2016 SOLID raised $40,390 for the Nashville community through events like its Bowl For Kids’ Sake, Nashville Music Market during CMA Fest, its kickball tournament, Red Rubber Showdown and the Miller Harris golf tournament, and has provided volunteer services through its Habitat for Humanity build, 343 Tribute Project to thank firefighters on Sept. 11 and its day of service at Second Harvest Food Bank. The organization has provided funds for college scholarships, Ryan’s Guitar Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Notes for Notes and Porter’s Call.

As an industry-centered group SOLID has hosted deeply impactful educational panels and keynote speakers throughout the year including a Management & Record Labels Educational panel, The Future of Radio & Streaming panel and Music Tech Lightning Talks. Members were also privy to the knowledge of experienced keynote speakers including: Rusty Gaston of THiS Music, Kerri Edwards of KP Entertainment, Cris Lacy of Warner Music Nashville, Clay Hunnicutt of Big Loud Records andDr. E Michael Harrington of Berklee Music Online and SAE Nashville. 

SOLID is comprised of a diverse array of music business professionals who represent a wide range of careers throughout the industry. Events such as the Music Row Crawfish Boil and numerous happy hours help members build upon each other’s resources to tighten the community throughout the year. 

In 2016, the organization enacted a brand new wellness initiative that shed a light on events focused specifically on the members’ health and wellness. These events included pilates at Jackalope Brewing and their Project Balance Workshop. The organization has been very intentional about supporting its members’ overall well being in addition to their careers. 

Leaving a lasting impact on up-and-coming music-industry leaders is one of SOLID’s main goals, and the group has established themselves as a pivotal resource for students and rising leaders in the community’s universities in 2016. With their student mentorship program, intern mixers and the SOLID Scholars Program scholarship, Nashville’s music-business students have leaned heavily on the organization for knowledge and guidance. 

SOLID looks forward to completing the influential year with its Cocktails & Copyright educational get-together Tuesday, Oct. 18, Halloween Bash on Wednesday, Oct. 26,  Annual Music Row Turkey Bowl Nov. 19 and Holiday Party at the end of the year. 

SOLID will be accepting applications for 2017 until Oct. 21. Applicants can sign up online here oralso download a PDF version atwww.solidnashville.org and submit it via email tohello@solidnashville.org.