SOLID Announces New Board of Directors for 2019

Music business-based organization begins their 22nd year in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 29, 2019) - The Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) announces their board election results for the organization's 22nd year. The Executive Board includes the following: President Johnny Cloherty (Cloherty Endeavors Inc.), Vice President Nathan Pyle (Recording Academy), Treasurer Erin Pettit (FBMM Entertainment Business Management), and Secretary Collin Trudan (TKO Artist Management).

Committee Chairs for 2019 are as follows:

Communications Chair: Avery King (Nashville Music Media)

Communications Co-Chair: Emily Grabowski (Vector Management)

Communications Co-Chair: Jordan Lipsey (Quinton Digital)

Education Chair: Luke Pierce (WORKS Entertainment)

Education Co-Chair: Kristin Grapentin (Neste Event Marketing)

Social Chair: Ashley Villone (BMG Rights Management)

Social Co-Chair: Brittany Uhniat (Resin8 Music)

Community Outreach Chair: Victoria Chaitoff (Warner Music Nashville)

Community Outreach Co-Chair: Ashley White (Streaming Promotions)

University Outreach Chair: Ammie Sortor (APA)

University Outreach Co-Chair: Zachary Opheim (Central Real Estate Partners)

Music Market Chair: Ellen Larson (APA)

Music Market Co-Chair: Amy Kadish (ClearBox Rights, LLC)

“After a record breaking year, I’m so excited about how this board is already planning the upcoming events for our 22nd year,” said Cloherty, who’s serving his second term as president this year. “This will be my fourth year on the board and I’ve seen the energy from the board continue to grow each year. The 2019 board has big shoes to fill after such an incredible 21st year and I truly believe they are up for the challenge.”

The SOLID Alumni Board also announced its new president and board members. The board will be led by President Amanda Quinton (Quinton Digital), and includes the following board members: Brian O’Neil (Constellation Management), Eric Griffin (Music City Counsel), Rachel Glidden (Fame House), and Liz Rogers (Anacrusis).

SOLID began 22 years ago with a vision to develop a community for music industry professionals to network and brainstorm together, while also providing educational opportunities for entry to mid-level professionals. SOLID puts on several education panels, networking events, and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year, including Music Row Madness benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee held each April, as well as annual Crawfish Boil in May. In 2018, SOLID surpassed every philanthropic goal they set and finished the year by donating nearly $70,000 to various charities and over 29,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving.

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 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.