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