>• Ryan Beuschel has been named Director A&R for Warner/Chappell Music and will provide A&R resources and creative support across the publisher’s roster and catalog. Beuschel will also assist in the discovery of new talent and development of existing songwriters. He previously served at ASCAP’s Nashville branch as Associate Director of Membership. Beuschel will report to Exec. VP Nashville, Ben Vaughn.
>• John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters will join the 192 existing members in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame when they are officially inducted during the 44th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 5th at the Music City Center. “We are pleased to welcome the class of 2014,” said NaSHOF Board of Directors Chairman Pat Alger. “Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters in the songwriter category; Paul Craft in the veteran songwriter category and John Anderson as our songwriter/artist.” Tickets for the event are $250 each and select seating is available to the public. More info HERE.
>• “The Wall Street Journal just published an amazing essay from Taylor Swift, in which she argues that the music industry is not dying, but in fact ‘just coming alive,’” says Nilay Patel in a polite rebuttal to the star’s WSJ editorial on www.Vox.com titled Taylor Swift Doesn’t Understand Supply And Demand. Citing the lack of scarcity the Internet creates, Patel disagrees with Swift about the value of music. But the Vox writer does agree about the importance of offering a unique experience and having fans. If you haven’t yet read these two articles (linked above)—do so. Thought provoking and sophisticated.
>• Correction: Dallas Davidson was the BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The award was identified incorrectly in last Tuesday’s email. NEKST.biz regrets the error.