SOLID Hosts Annual Turkey Bowl, Raises Nearly $5K for the Onsite Foundation


Donation Adds to Music Industry-Based Organization’s Record-Breaking Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 5, 2018) - The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) continued with their record-breaking year, raising nearly $5,000 at their 33rd Annual Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament for Middle Tennessee-based The Onsite Foundation and donating over 29,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank (nearly doubling their 2017 effort of just over 15,000 pounds).
“I’m thrilled by the generosity and enthusiasm for our final Community Outreach event of the year,” said committee co-chair Bailey Lathem. “It was wonderful to see our committee members and Nashville’s music industry come together yet again to make a significant impact for two beloved organizations and end our 2018 year on a high note!”
This year’s Turkey Bowl, held at Vanderbilt University, included participation from eight industry teams: APA, CAA, CMT, FBMM, SMACK Songs, Triple8 Management, Universal and WME.
The donation made to The Onsite Foundation was done in honor of SOLID alum Ryan Huie and the foundation’s Life After Loss program. Located just outside Nashville, The Onsite Foundation offers short- and long-term therapy workshops designed to help individuals and couples experience a breakthrough and discover a better future.

SOLID Sets New Record with Annual Music Market

Backstage Auction To Donate $12,000 To CMA Foundation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2018) - The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) set a new record last week, raising over $74,000 at their annual Music Market during CMA Music Festival - breaking a previous record of $60,000 raised. $12,000 has been donated in support of the CMA Foundation.  
Though previously a one-day event held at Bridgestone Arena and set up similar to a flea market, this year’s Music Market featured a few different ways to purchase and/or bid on items – including its new Backstage Auction, which took place in CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X (Music City Center) over the course of the four-day festival. The silent auction gave fans an opportunity to bid on exclusive artist merchandise, unique fan experiences, elite weekend packages, premiere concerts, signed instruments, one-of-a-kind artist & fan engagement opportunities and more from their favorite artists.  
The Music Market also includes an online component for fans that couldn’t make it to CMA Music Festival. The online auction is ongoing, with new items added regularly at Totals for the online auction have not yet been factored into the over $74,000 raised and are forthcoming.
“We’re so thrilled with the results of this year’s Music Market and Backstage Auction,” said SOLID President Johnny Cloherty. “We’re especially thankful to CMA for welcoming us into Fan Fair X this year, and pleased to be able to give back to the CMA Foundation.”
This year’s Backstage Auction included items from Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Kelsea Ballerini and many more.
“We are beyond grateful for the overwhelming community involvement that helped make the Backstage Auction a monumental success this year,” said Erin Pettit, Music Market chair. “This event wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible donors, active membership, alumni and volunteers. We are elated with the results of this event and the contributions that we are able to make for the CMA Foundation and the future of SOLID.”

SOLID Shatters Fundraising Record At Annual Music Row Madness

Industry Organization Celebrates Over $52,000 Raised For Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2018) - The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) made history last night, raising over $52,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBSMT) at their annual Music Row Madness event held at Topgolf. The fundraiser broke records for both organizations: the event, previously known as the annual Bowling for Kids' Sake bowling event, pulled in more money then any single BBBSMT bowling event in history and became SOLID's most successful fundraiser in its 20+ years. 

"I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, and incredibly proud of everyone who came together to make a huge difference for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee," said Collin Trudan, chair of SOLID's Community Outreach committee. 

"From the start of this year, it's been evident our board and membership have a fire and resilience," said Johnny Cloherty, president of SOLID. "Everyone involved - from board and membership, to our Friends of SOLID and the folks that just stopped by to support - worked so hard to make this happen for an organization that's been a long time partner and cause we all care about. I'm thrilled and humbled by last night's event."

This is SOLID's eighth year hosting an event in support of BBBSMT - the previous record amount raised was $33,000.

The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) is a music industry organization comprised of developing music business professionals dedicated to improving the future success of the music industry. Members of SOLID come from all areas of the music business community, therefore contributing to the diversity, productivity and integrity of the group. As a dynamic organization rooted firmly in Nashville, SOLID's board of directors is continually adapting to meet the changing need of their membership, working tirelessly to fulfill SOLID's mission of helping others, teaching others and leading others. Online at 

SOLID Announces New Board for 2018

Music business-based organization will begin its 21st year in January

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 12, 2017) - The Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) announced yesterday their board election results for the organization's upcoming 2018 year. The Executive Board includes the following: President Johnny Cloherty (Artist Management and Digital Promotions Consultant), Vice President Nathan Pyle (The Recording Academy), Treasurer Amanda Remo (Martin, Allbee & Associates), and Secretary Elise Anderson (Nashville Music Media).

Committee Chairs for 2018 are as follows:

Communications Chair: Lindsey Hughes (Made In Network)
Communications Co-Chair: Avery King (Nashville Music Media)
Education Chair: Matt Najdowski (Sony/ATV)
Education Co-Chair: Cait Murphy (KP Entertainment)
Social Chair: Rachel Glidden (Universal Music Group/Fame House)
Social Co-Chair: Max Wiebrecht (Paradigm Talent Agency) 
Community Outreach Chair: Collin Trudan (TKO Management)
Community Outreach Co-Chair: Bailey Lathem (City National Bank) 
University Outreach Chair: Pete Stormer (Vector Management)
University Outreach Co-Chair: Ammie Sortor (APA)
Music Market Chair: Erin Pettit (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy)
Music Market Co-Chair: Grayson Flatness (CAA)

"Coming off the heels of our 20th Year Celebration events, SOLID is absolutely on fire," said incoming president, Johnny Cloherty. "Going into my third year on SOLID's board, I have never felt this kind of energy and excitement from the incoming board, members and alumni. If this enthusiasm is any indication of what to expect from SOLID in 2018, it will be our best year to date."

The SOLID Alumni Board also announced its new president and board members. The board will be lead by President Heather Cook (Peer Music), and includes the following board members: Amanda Quinton (Quinton Digital), Wes Perry (Live Nation), Eric Griffin (Music City Counsel), and Kelly Gurbisz (Go Big Transportation).

SOLID began in 1997 with a 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 puts on several educational panels, networking events, and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year, including the Music Row Madness bowling event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee held each March, as well as the annual Crawfish Boil in May. 

SOLID holds 20th Anniversary Holiday Party, Honors Distinguished Alum

In celebration of Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID)'s 20th anniversary, the association of rising music industry professionals held a special holiday party last night at The Cordelle, commemorating the last two decades and the SOLID alumni who have gone on on to become esteemed leaders in the entertainment industry. 
In special honor of the anniversary, Mayor Megan Barry’s office and the State of Tennessee presented the organization with an official proclamation, naming November 30 as SOLID day and cementing the society’s place in Nashville’s illustrious history.
While celebrating the accomplishments of 2017, SOLID looked back over the past 20 years to celebrate some of the members that catalyzed the group’s success and made big strides in the music industry. International royalties administrator at SESAC Jayson Wyatt received SOLID’s Spirit of SOLID Honor, VP of A&R at Warner Music Nashville, Cris Lacy, was honored as the Distinguished Alum, and Manager at Lev’s House Ent., Justin Levenson, was named the Inspire Award honoree.
“Being able to celebrate 20 years of SOLID with colleagues and friends in the current class as well as alumni dating back to the founding members was truly special. This organization has achieved so much in two decades and I’m proud that we were able to pay homage to its history on Thursday night,” shares SOLID president Basak Kizilisik. “Cris, Justin and Jayson are shining examples of the impact SOLID has had on the lives and careers of leaders who are shaping the landscape of the music industry and we’re so thankful for their continued passion and desire to pour into the generations that are coming up after them. The recognition from Mayor Megan Barry and the State of Tennessee was an incredibly humbling way to cap this night. I’m so thankful for the support Nashville gives to organizations like ours. Here’s to another twenty!”
Since the organization’s establishment in 1997, SOLID has raised more than $250,000 for the Nashville community through events such as Bowl For Kids’ Sake, Nashville Music Market during CMA Fest, SOLID's annual 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 SOLID's 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.
Nashville’s premier young professional organization has hosted multiple events this year in celebration of the milestone anniversary, including several exclusive industry panels such as “The Team Behind the Artist, Luke Bryan” last month which featured music business power players Kerri Edwards (Manager/President, KP Entertainment and founding SOLID member), Jay Williams (Agent/Co-Head/Partner, WME), and Mike Dungan (Chairman/CEO, UMG Nashville). SOLID also hosted “Press & Publicity: The Art of the Pitch” in May, featuring acclaimed Nashville journalists Ann Powers (NPR), Jewly Hight (The New York TimesBillboardVulture) and Joseph Hudak (Rolling Stone Country) at an hour long panel hosted by Nashville publicist, owner of Essential Broadcast Media, LLC and SOLID alumni, Ebie McFarland.

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. 


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: 

To apply now, click here


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 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 (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 For corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Ben Boyd at or Courtney Hyder at

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.


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 and submit it via email