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Jeremy Gilbertson and Gwen Hughes Named to Georgia Music Partners Board of Directors

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Tammy

ATLANTA, April 24, 2014 – Georgia Music Partners (GMP), the advocacy arm of The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter named Jeremy Gilbertson and Gwen Hughes to the board of directors. Gilbertson is the new executive director, replacing Mala Sharma who was elected to serve as co-president with Tammy Hurt. Hughes is the new corporate secretary for the organization. GMP advocates the promotion of music in business and related music technology in the state of Georgia.

Gilbertson is the co-founder of Tunewelders, a company that creates custom music and sound production for the advertising and entertainment industries (see http://www.tunewelders.com). Operating out of the legendary Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, Tunewelders recently reopened the facility to artists, engineers and producers for their recording projects as well.

Hughes owns Redwarbler Music that provides music for film and TV; is a renowned performer and touring artist; and serves in a leadership position at The Recording Academy, Atlanta Chapter (see http://www.gwenhughes.com). 

“In their areas of expertise, Gwen and Jeremy are categorically among the state’s best music business professionals – I’m pleased to have them join GMP,” said Sharma, co-president of GMP and Relationship Manager at City National Bank. “With their involvement, GMP will expand our reach and influence; and grow membership.”

About Georgia Music Partners

Georgia Music Partners (GMP) is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, which seeks to grow and protect the business of music and related music technology in the state of Georgia through economic development efforts, tax incentives and applicable educational opportunities.  GMP was formed from a subcommittee of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy (which produces GRAMMY® Awards).  For more information, contact Scott Mills at 678-781-7201, scott@williammills.com or visit the organization’s website at http://georgiamusicpartners.org

 The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Shachar Oren of Neurotic Media Named Advisor of Georgia Music Partners

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Tammy

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Georgia Music Partners (GMP), the advocacy arm of The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter named Shachar Oren as an advisor to the executive committee of GMP. Oren serves as President and CEO of Neurotic Media, a company that helps brands drive consumer behavior with digital music on a business-to-business basis. GMP advocates the promotion of music in business and related music technology in the state of Georgia.

“Oren’s vast experience and understanding of music technology make him a considerable addition to our team,” said Tammy Hurt, president of GMP and Placement Music. “We look forward to having his insights to help guide GMP in the upcoming year.”

As founder and CEO of Neurotic Media, Shachar Oren has been responsible for business strategy, product, sales and marketing, and financial administration of the company. Based in Atlanta, Neurotic Media empowers businesses to create custom white-label storefronts and services to promote their own branded digital content – so that their consumers can download or stream digital media anywhere, across multiple platforms and devices. The company’s customers include consumer brands, mobile carriers, retailers and record companies. Its licensed catalog includes all major labels and a growing list of indie labels in both the US and Canada. “I am excited to join the GMP team,” commented Oren. “I believe in the GMP charter and look forward to helping GMP drive tangible results for our membership and for Georgia’s music industry.”

After receiving his bachelor of science in music industry and music production from Georgia State University, and spending five years on the air at WRAS 88.5 (PD 95), Oren went on to work at Ichiban Records and to operate his indie label Shoestring Records. In the early days of the dot com era, Oren served as senior VP of business development at Atlanta-based Amplified Holdings, which became the first business-to-business digital distribution company in the world. While at Amplified, he oversaw customer signings with distinguished companies such as Tower Records, Transworld and Wherehouse Music, and went on to manage international joint ventures for the company. Oren next founded Neurotic Media in 2001 and grew it into a prominent force in today’s digital business-to-business distribution space.

Oren co-Chairs the Supply Chain Committee at the Music Business Association (previously NARM), and is an active member and frequent panelist and speaker at several trade associations including NARAS, AMA Atlanta, CCA, Music Business Association, eMarketing Association and TAG.

Georgia Music Partners Congratulates 2013 Georgia GRAMMY® Nominees

Posted on December 19, 2012 by GMPAdmin3

Georgia Music Partners (GMP), the advocacy arm of The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, today congratulates the 30 plus GRAMMY® nominations garnered from the Peach State. GMP is a non-profit advocate for promoting the business of music and related music technology in the state of Georgia.

Leading in nominations is Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), Janelle Monáe, and Tauheed Epps (aka 2 Chainz) each with three nominations. Burton’s work was highlighted with The Black Keys for their platinum-selling album El Camino, while Monáe was featured on the hit “We Are Young,” which she performed with fun. on the GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live. Epps is nominated for Best Rap Album for “Based On A T.R.U. Story” as well as his work with Kanye West. In addition, André 3000 (Outkast) received two nominations for his work with Young Jeezy and Frank Ocean. Burton, Monáe, and André 3000 are all nominated for their roles in the prestigious Album of the Year category.

“The high number of GRAMMY nominations from Georgia is a testament to the wealth of music and the music industry in this state,” said Tammy Hurt, Co-President of Georgia Music Partners. “We are delighted that again this year the state of Georgia is so well represented for these awards.”

Co-President Simon Horrocks said, “Georgia has such a rich heritage of musicians and amazing diversity as evidenced by this year’s nominees. The state is an exceptional breeding ground for talent, and we have the music industry workforce, facilities and educational system that will make this an attractive place to do business.”

Georgia nominees include:

  • Ken Oriole – 1 Nomination
  • Ne-Yo – 1 Nomination
  • Usher – 1 Nomination
  • Patrick “jQue” Smith – 1 Nomination
  • Ludacris – 1 Nomination
  • SWV (Leanne “Lelee” Lyons) – 1 Nomination
  • Sam Joseph Dew – 1 Nomination
  • Little Big Town– 1 Nomination
  • Zac Brown Band– 1 Nomination
  • Casting Crowns – 2 Nominations
  • Mark Hall (of Casting Crowns) – 1 Nomination
  • Chris Tomlin – 1 Nomination
  • Micah Massey – 1 Nomination
  • Lecrae – 1 Nomination
  • Steven Lance Ledbetter – 1 Nomination
  • Michael Graves – 1 Nomination
  • The-Dream (Terius Nash) – 2 Nominations

For more information on Georgia Music Partners and the music industry in Georgia, please visit http://georgiamusicpartners.org.

For more information on The GRAMMY Awards and The Recording Academy, Atlanta Chapter, please visit http://www.grammy365.com.

About Georgia Music Partners

Georgia Music Partners (GMP) is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, which seeks to grow and protect the business of music and related music technology in the state of Georgia through economic development efforts, tax incentives and applicable educational opportunities. GMP was formed from a subcommittee of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy® (which produces GRAMMY® Awards). For more information, contact Scott Mills at 678-781-7201, scott@williammills.com or visit the organization’s website at http://georgiamusicpartners.org.

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys; a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys; and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

Contacts

For Georgia Music Partners
Scott Mills, APR
678-781-7201
scott@williammills.com

Join Us In Welcoming Llew Haden To The GMP Team!

Posted on October 26, 2012 by GMPAdmin2

 

Wales Business Management’s Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr. Appointed Officer of Georgia Music Partners

A long time Georgia Music Enthusiast, we are pleased to announce the newest member of our team, Llew Haden. To see what Llew has to say about being on the GMP team, click here.

Georgia Music Partners VIP Music Industry Mixer at Buckhead Theater Soul Asylum Concert

Posted on October 19, 2012 by Tammy

 

Join us Friday October 26th at the Buckhead Theatre where GMP will host a private industry mixer before the Soul Asylum concert. The mixer begins at 8pm and the show starts at 10pm.  You must RSVP by Oct 24th to gmp@georgiamusicpartners.org for complimentary admission to the mixer and the concert for you and a guest.  This event is open to current AND prospective members! Come join us for good music and great networking!

 

Georgia Music Partners on Georgia Public Broadcasting and NPR

Posted on May 18, 2012 by Tammy


Georgia Public Broadcasting News, Wed. May 16, 2012:

Movie and television producers filming in Georgia can now record music here and claim the costs to receive tax credits. State lawmakers approved the change during this year’s legislative session.

Read full article here: http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/05/16/music-pros-look-to-wider-tax-break

GEORGIA MUSIC PARTNERS, THE RECORDING ACADEMY® ATLANTA CHAPTER AND GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL RECOGNIZE SIGNING OF AMMENDED GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT TAX CREDIT

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Tammy

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Revised Law Should Foster Music in Georgia

Posted on April 29, 2012 by Tammy

Read full article here:  Georgia Music Partners Article – ABC – 4 20 12

Georgia Legislature Ends on a High Note by Siding with Music Industry on Entertainment Tax Credit Amendment

Posted on April 04, 2012 by Tammy

ATLANTA, April 3, 2012 – Georgia Music Partners (GMP) and The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter successfully engaged the Georgia Legislature to add language to the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act that clearly shows that music produced in Georgia for qualified film and television productions is an eligible expense. This decision clears the way for the state and GMP to promote the tax benefits of music production here. (See Section 2 (5) http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20112012/HB/1027).

            The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Chip Rogers (District 21) and in the House by Ron Stephens (Savannah), Matt Hatchett (Dublin), Butch Parrish (Swainsboro), Matt Dollar (Marietta) and Amy Carter (Valdosta).

“We are very happy to make Georgia home to music,” said Sen. Stephens. “We hope to have the very same success in music as we have in film productions.”

            According to Tammy Hurt and Simon Horrocks, co-presidents of GMP, the language in the original 2008 law suggested a narrow interpretation of what would be considered “qualified” music productions. “By having the legislature rule in favor of music production in the state as a qualified expense, we now have confidence in marketing the business-friendly environment that Georgia offers the music industry,” said Hurt. “The state has seen a huge increase in film production since 2008,” said Horrocks.  “The legislator’s clarification is the first step in doing the same for the state’s music industry.”

        “This is great news for the state’s economy,” said Phil Tan, an Atlanta-based three-time Grammy Award music engineer. “This will enable local music-related business entities to have an additional marketing angle and attract record companies, artists, producers and other music makers to bring their projects here to Georgia. Hotels, restaurants and other local businesses will benefit from the added traffic as well.”

        According to Billboard’s top 40 moneymakers of 2012 ranking, Georgia artists represent 18% of the worldwide top music moneymakers worldwide. 

Originally created in 2008 the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides state tax credit for qualified production and post-production expenditures. The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act offers an across the board flat tax credit of 20 percent based on a minimum investment of $500,000 on qualified productions in Georgia. An additional 10 percent Georgia Entertainment Promotion (GEP) uplift can be earned by including an imbedded animated Georgia logo on approved projects.

 About Georgia Music Partners

Georgia Music Partners (GMP) is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, which seeks to grow and protect the business of music and related music technology in the state of Georgia through economic development efforts, tax incentives and applicable educational opportunities.  GMP was formed from a subcommittee of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy® (which produces GRAMMY® Awards).  For more information, contact Scott Mills at 678-781-7201, scott@williammills.com or visit the organization’s website at http://georgiamusicpartners.org

 About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

 

CALL TO ACTION: Support Georgia’s Music Industry

Posted on March 19, 2012 by Tammy

Keep Georgia’s Music Industry Strong and Growing!

Tell your state legislators to amend HB 1027 to include music in the film and TV production tax credit

This week, the Georgia General Assembly is considering HB 1027, a bill that would amend the state tax credit for film and television production in the State of Georgia. Clarifying language must be added to the bill to ensure that our Georgia music industry is included in the state tax credit.

Under the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, certain costs associated with film and television productions qualify for a tax credit, providing a strong incentive for companies to bring new business to the state. A provision of the law needs to be amended to clarify that expenses for sound recordings and musical compositions are qualified expenses under the tax credit. Adding this language will not expand the tax credit, but only make clear a concept that is already in the law.

Music is a part of every film and television show and should be treated like any other production expense, such as wardrobe, craft services or rental cars. Adding this clarification to the law will help Georgia better market music for film and television productions. It will make Georgia more competitive with other states. It will open the door for more music companies to open offices in Georgia to benefit from the tax credit. And it will help grow businesses, jobs and revenue in Georgia. Georgia’s music industry already supports nearly 20,000 jobs and has a total impact on the state’s economy of $3.8 billion.

Contact your State Senator and Representative TODAY and ask them to support the Music Clarification Amendment to HB 1027 so that expenses for sound recordings and musical compositions are included in the Georgia film and television tax credit.

CALL TO ACTION:


It is very important that you act now. Don’t delay. Ask your extended family and friends to contact their legislators. Every person, every letter counts.  We want to speak with one voice.  Contacting your legislators takes less than 1 minute!

Click this link to urge your legislators to amend HB 1027 to include music in the film and TV production tax credit:     http://capwiz.com/grammy/issues/alert/?alertid=61103836 


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