>• Craig Havighurst’s one-man show String Theory returns to Bongo After hours Theatre on two Mondays, Aug. 18 and 25. Part spoken word, part public lecture, part performance, String Theory is an experience designed to reframe music and offer people new avenues into new genres and new discoveries. Craig distills lessons from a life as an amateur musician and a professional music journalist and documentarian into a 90-minute, two-act multi-media event. String Theory is also about getting beyond the problems and pathologies created by the 30-year reign of the musical-industrial complex, with a focus on reclaiming our culture’s connection with the aural arts. Admission is $10.
>• Warner/Chappell Production Music has named David Epstein Director of Licensing for the company’s trailer music division, Non-Stop Trailers. Randy Wachtler, CEO, said, “David brings with him a wealth of experience and an invaluable understanding of the business of film. Most recently, Epstein was a Sales & Marketing Executive for Sony/ATV’s production music arm Extreme Music, focusing on the Trailers & Film/TV departments.
>• Steph Jones has inked with Disney Music Publishing in association with Big Deal Music. Jones recently saw her song “If I Fall” performed by Cole Plante rise to No. 7 on Billboard’s Club Dance Charts.Disney VP Publishing/A&R Nashville Patrick Clifford says, “We are so pleased and honored to be working with Steph and all of the great folks at Big Deal Music. Steph is and will be for many years a force to be reckoned with. Hang on to your hats!”
>• Artist songwriter Nick Wells has singed a publishing deal with Zavitson Music Group. Wells is a Vanderbilt graduate currently pursuing his music career in L.A. and has already worked with a number of hit producers such as will.i.am, Danny Mercer and many others. “Our goal at ZMG is to establish a creative environment that doesn’t recognize musical boundaries,” said Eric Hurt, Zavitson VP of Creative/A&R. “Our offices are here in Nashville, and we are firmly rooted in country music, but our creative juices flow to all other genres as well. Adding Nick to the roster is yet another great step towards that goal.”
>• Important Dates
Nov. 2: SESAC Nashville Music Awards, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nov. 3: ASCAP 52nd Country Music Awards, Music City Center
Nov. 4: BMI’s 62nd Country Awards, BMI offices
>• Black River’s Publishing VP Celia Froehlig has added Dave Pacula as Creative Director of BRE Publishing. Pacula previously served at Universal Publishing and Ten Ten Music in the same position. He is also a member of “Life’s A Pitch,” one of Music Row’s finest song plugger groups, skates for the ASCAP Hitmen ice hockey team and resides in Nashville with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.