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Next Big Nashville, LLC would like to offer up every possible ounce of gratitude to our wonderful sponsors who truly made this event possible with their contributions of time, resources and relentless encouragement. Every one of them made a significant contribution to making this event a reality.

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“Next Big Nashville has pulled together a stellar event that will serve as further evidence of the depth and diversity of talent in this city,” said Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These artists deserve their opportunity and we are proud to give them a very natural home in Music City to further their careers.”

Since 1992, Griffin Technology (based in Nashville!) has been an innovator of exciting hardware and software products for the Mac market. Griffin currently manufactures numerous innovative accessories, cases, and adapters for the iPod, SanDisk Sansa, Zune, PSP, Mac, and PC.

Banshee Music has evolved out of our long-standing music industry experience as musicians, marketers and music talent buyers. The cornerstones of our business are long term relationships, direct access and amazing talent and luckily for us, we have been collecting all three for nearly 30 years.
That said, we have evolved past the old model and serve as a change agent to become the direct line that connects artist to opportunity and bands to brands. Simply, we are going into the music business as your partner.

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Located on the second story of the historic Jackson Building in Murfreesboro, TN, Grand Palace is the one-stop shop for independent music makers and fans from the Southeast and beyond! With a record store, studio, label, silkscreen shop and concert promotion crew all under one roof, Grand Palace is the only place to go.
Founded in 2005, GP has quickly become a pillar of the Middle Tennessee rock scene. Since inception the Palace has released 7 records, printed thousands of t-shirts and posters, staged insane shows AND sold more Cambodian psyche-rock per-square-foot than any crew in town.
Visit us at www.grandpalace.us or stop by 128 ˝ N. Church, on the square in Downtown Murfreesboro.

Nettwerk Music Group is Canada's leading privately owned record label and artist management company. Founded in 1984 by Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, and Ric Arboit in McBride's small Vancouver apartment, initially to release albums by Jowett's band Moev. Additional branches of Nettwerk exist in New York City, Los Angeles, London UK, Boston, Nashville, and Hamburg, Germany.
Nettwerk Music Group is the umbrella company for Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk Management, Nettwerk One Songs Publishing, Artwerks Design, and other affiliated Internet, graphics, fashion, apparel and video production companies.
As a record company Nettwerk has released over 200 full length albums and sold over 10 million albums in it's over 20 year history including artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Skinny Puppy, The Be Good Tanyas, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tiesto, Kinky, and The Perishers.
As a management company Nettwerk's roster includes artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Avril Lavigne, Guster, Martha Wainwright, Josh Rouse, Jars of Clay, Brand New, State Radio, Stereophonics and Delerium.
In the ever changing music industry, Nettwerk has positioned itself as a trend setter by offering several of it's managed artists label imprints and is one of the first major music companies to abolish DRM releasing songs in the unrestricted MP3 format.

Thirty Tigers (formerly Emergent Music Marketing) was co-founded in 2002 by industry veterans David Macias and Deb Markland, who shared a love of music and marketing and believed the onslaught of major label consolidation combined with advances in technology would result in many viable artists joining the independent world. Their prediction proved true.
Thirty Tigers has helped foster success stories for a number of artists including Beth Nielsen Chapman, The Avett Brothers, James McMurtry, and Jake Shimabukuro. These past five years have seen independent music roar into the mainstream, and Thirty Tigers has been there to answer the call.

A joint venture with Windswept Pacific, Combustion Music first opened its doors in 2001 as a small publishing/production company. Combustion Music president Chris Farren and Vector Management’s Ken Levitan envisioned a company that encompassed all facets of the music business, allowing artists, songwriters, managers, producers, and publishers to interact on a daily basis – both creatively and with the sharing of information.
Over the 6 years since its opening, Combustion has become one of Nashville’s most successful independent publishing companies, earning a plethora of multi-platinum cuts and #1 singles including 2006 Grammy and ASCAP Song of the Year “Jesus Take The Wheel” and boasting a roster of 13 strong writers/producers/artists including Gordie Sampson, Michael Logen, Neil Mason (Bang Bang Bang), Josh Hoge, Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu (Sam And Ruby), Nathan and Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon), and Brandon Young.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. For more than 65 years, BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world, a vast repertoire that includes more than 6.5 million works. The non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

SESAC is a performing rights organization established in 1930 with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and London.
SESAC represents songwriters/composers and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. By securing a license from SESAC music users (television, radio stations, restaurants, auditoriums, hotels, theme parks, internet) can legally play any song in the SESAC repertory.
SESAC represents such songwriters and artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Omarion, Bow Wow, Marques Houston, Joe Nichols among many others.
SESAC also represents the songwriters and producers behind some of the biggest acts in the music business such as Bryan-Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige, Usher, Mariah Carey), Nate "Danja" Hills (Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland), Swizz Beatz (Gwen Stefani, Beyonce), Jerry Salley (Reba McEntire), Scooter Carusoe (Kenny Chesney), Sam & Annie Tate (Rodney Atkins, Emerson Drive) and Monty Powell (Keith Urban).

Stop by your Nashville area Scion/Toyota Dealer to test drive the new 2008 Scion xD!
check it out now at scion.com & littledeviant.com
Attention Scion Owners!
The first 50 Scion owners to show their Scion key at the door will get you and a 1 guest into the Thursday night NBN show at the Cannery for FREE!

Mean Buzz Records is what you’ve been waiting for.
Started in Nashville, TN, Mean Buzz Records brings you the finest in the country's power pop/garage rock acts with a roster featuring The Pink Spiders (Nashville, Tn), The Privates (Nashville, Tn), Baby Shakes (New York, Ny), The Power Chords (Chula Vista, Ca), and The Red Hearts (Los Angeles, Ca).
Originated by Matt Friction of Nashville's own The Pink Spiders in 2006, Mean Buzz focused on the release of several 7” vinyl singles including a split 7” shared by Nashville's own Slack and The Features, as well as the debut full-length CD entitled "Barricades" by the Privates.
Friction continues to focus on the label’s growth as he sets his sights on overseas distribution and full length releases by international power-pop sensations the Power Chords and Baby Shakes in 2008.

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Meet Emma, the Web-based service that makes it easy to create, send and track stylish email newsletters and campaigns. With our custom-designed email templates, real-time response tracking and savvy audience and signup features, Emma makes it easy for any organization with a permission-based list (or a dream of building one) to communicate, market and interact in style.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries for the 2007 competition. $150,000 in prizes including $25,000 cash. Judges for 2007 include: Tom Waits; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ray Davies (The Kinks); Frank Black (Pixies), Nelly Furtado; and 7 record label presidents from major and independent records labels. Here is your chance to have your music heard by the people who matter. For entry information and a complete list of judges please visit - http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

Fiercely independent and loyal to the core, Southern Thread is a western inspired brand with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Part country, part rock ‘n’ roll, mix it up and get an outlaw cocktail of hip, stylish, understated clothing that says “cool” without telling a soul. Premium without the pretense, dressed up or dressed down, Southern Thread is homegrown American clothing meant to be worn anywhere.

Performing Songwriter

American Songwriter - American Songwriter Magazine continues to cover every aspect of the craft and art of songwriting, from how and why writers give birth to their songs, to engaging and informative assessments of our songwriting culture as a whole. The magazine provides in-depth interviews with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters; discussions on performance rights organizations and copyright law; and interviews with publishers, producers, A&R executives and other industry representatives who have something of interest to say to our readers. American Songwriter strives to serve as the unparalleled source of inspiration for passionate music fans and songwriters alike, by exploring all genres of music.

Union Station Hotel

"Though the Great Escape -- which is a stone's throw from the infamous Music Row -- stocks a reliable selection of vinyl, the best shop in town is Grimey's record store, a paradigm of indie and vintage goodness." - Rolling Stone/2005.

Speakerheart is a music community built by artists, for artists. At Speakerheart.com independent artists can upload their own albums and tracks, set prices and sell it all side-by-side in custom storefronts. Artists can easily manage their online presence across the entire Web through this unified service. Speakerheart operates its world headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

Kaleidoscope Media is a full service marketing, brand development and publicity firm. Launched in 1996 and based in Nashville and Los Angeles, Kaleidoscope is a national company with a strong foundation of resources and networks coast to coast. The company’s clients come from across the board—including corporations, products, small businesses, music artists, authors, festivals, special events, and restaurants.
For each client, the objective is to help focus on the goal and create an individualized plan to accomplish it. Kaleidoscope doesn’t fit clients into an established plan; instead, the company builds a targeted plan around clients needs that helps them realize a goal. Kaleidoscope helps clients build their brand while finding a distinctive voice within the marketplace.

Lipman Distributors

Premium Ideas is an independently owned franchise of Adventures in Advertising. We sell promotional items to assist you in marketing your product or service. Anything you can put a logo on – laser engraved, imprinted, embroidered, etc. We work with thousands of suppliers who handle millions of products, and can usually find you anything you might be looking for.
Adventures in Advertising is 325 franchises strong! This affords you many privileges such as expedited service, next quantity or end quantity pricing on small orders (which equates to substantial savings) and the strength and knowledge of hundreds. We have an art department to assist you, and research programs that are exceptional.

DiscRevolt - DiscRevolt provides physical solutions for digital delivery of media. For artists, DiscRevolt is a way to deliver DRM-free digital music through artist-specific download cards. Artists upload MP3-formatted songs to the DiscRevolt site and design artwork for a plastic download card. DiscRevolt prints the cards in-house with a unique PIN code on the back, and artists then distribute them to fans at live shows and on the web. Fans enter the PIN code on the DiscRevolt site and receive credits to download that artist's media.
DiscRevolt also provides promotional services to artists, labels, events and third-parties through download cards for backend delivery of samplers, pre-releases and other exclusive content. Our extensive reporting system gives clients access to detailed sales and non-identifying demographic information that no other download service can match.

Tour Supply, Inc. has been in business since 1998. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Minneapolis, our primary goal is to service touring bands with a wide variety of products. We sell musical instruments, accessories, cases, wireless systems, in-ear monitors, custom snakes & cables, backstage passes, laminates, backdrops, and everything else!
Service is our top priority as we ship to venues and hotels via Fedex daily. We work hand-in-hand with the Artist Relations departments of many major manufacturers, allowing us to pass along artist pricing to their endorsees and assist up and coming bands in acquiring such endorsements. Future plans include a UK office in 2008.

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"All the news that gives you fits," was one of Nashville Scene's earliest marketing jingles. It still applies today.
From hard-hitting investigative exposes, to inside info about Nashville's massive entertainment industry, the Scene is a must-read for the city's business and political leaders.
Readers rely on Nashville Scene for things that can't be found in their daily newspaper, be it street level coverage of emerging local musical talent or provocative lifestyle coverage.
The Scene is a touchstone for conservatives and liberals, the young and not-so-young, and the rich and still renting. They're all reading the Scene. And they're still throwing fits.

Special Thanks:

DeWitt Stern

Avenue Bank

Great Big Shows

Chamber of Commerce

The Downtown Partnership

American Songwriter

Performing Songwriter

Out the Other


And all the participating venues, staff members and volunteers who helped make this event happen.