Inside Music Publishing Nashville & Kobalt Form Global Partnership

Pictured (L-R, seated): Kory Caudill; Stephanie Cox, GM/SVP, Creative – Kobalt Nashville; Marc Costanzo; (L-R, standing): Matt Williams; Martin “Bucky” Seja; Morgan Brasfield; Craig Campbell. Photo: Haley Schattschneider

Inside Music Publishing Nashville President Kory Caudill and executive Craig Campbell have entered a worldwide publishing partnership with Kobalt Music.

Marc Costanzo and Matt Williams will serve as Co-Heads of creative, writer/producer development, and talent signing under the new global partnership.

The Inside Music Publishing creative team includes multi-Platinum production/writing team Bucky & Marc; producer, engineer, and mixer Nick Gibbens; songwriter and producer Steen; producer and engineer Adam Newcomb; producer, mixer and engineer Semaj Forman; engineer, mixer and producer Sean Truskowski; songwriter Craig Brooks; and songwriter Camm Hunter.

“We’re so excited to work with the whole team at Inside Music Publishing Nashville,” says Morgan Brasfield, Kobalt Creative Manager. “From the first meeting we were drawn in and can’t wait to show Music Row what they’re up to.”

“The passion Stephanie [Cox], Morgan and the entire Kobalt team have for songs, songwriters and artists is exactly what we were looking for in a partnership,” adds Campbell. “Their presence in multiple genres is perfect for our team’s country roots here in Nashville and the creative team’s pop music history in LA and the UK.”

Inside Music Publishing currently has vested interest and ownership of catalogue publishing rights totaling more than 35 million albums sold. Recent syncs and television placements for the company include Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, Amazon’s Lovestruck High, NASCAR, Love Island, South Park, Hulu’s The Dropout, America’s Got Talent, American Dad, Hampton Inn, Wild ‘N Out, CTV’s Children Ruin Everything, and more.

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4594. Upfest 2022 (34) – Natural adventures

I guess it is a host’s prerogative, in this case Upfest, to be able to include lots of local artists to join in the fun of the festival, and it felt like, this year more than any other, that Bristol-based artists made up a significant proportion of all the artists in attendance. This is a…

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AWDA opens 2022 Industry Awards Nominations

The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, today announced nominations are open for its 2022 Industry Awards. The AWDA Industry Awards are presented annually during the AWDA Business and Education Conference, which will take place Oct. 30-31, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Over the years, the list of AWDA award recipients has evolved into a who’s-who of aftermarket luminaries. AWDA’s are among the most widely recognized and highly respected awards the aftermarket has to offer.

The AWDA Industry Awards include: 

Art Fisher Award for Excellence in Education 
This award, presented in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, recognizes a company or individual for their leadership and commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the industry. 

Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Martin Fromm 
This very selective award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of a career spanning many years, distinguished themselves through their integrity, unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. 

Outstanding Leadership Award in Honor of Jack Creamer 
(Formerly the Jack Creamer Automotive Leader of the Year Award) 
This award recognizes an individual, employed in the aftermarket, who over the past several years, has made a unique and monumental contribution to the industry and/or the association. 

Pursuit of Excellence Award: Recognizing Special Achievement 
This award is presented in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. 

The deadline to submit award nominations is Aug. 26, 2022.  

Learn more about the award criteria, see former winners and submit nominations by visiting the AWDA webpage


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Local filmmakers win prizes at Maine International Film Festival – CentralMaine.com

Henry Spritz, writer and director of “Sunner” accepted the Tourmaline Prize in the feature-length film category. John T. Meader photo

WATERVILLE — The Maine Film Center recently announced the winners of the Tourmaline and Audience Favorite Prizes from the 25th annual Maine International Film Festival.

This year’s festival featured nearly 100 films, 22 of which were made in Maine.

The Tourmaline Prizes, awarded for the first time this year and named for Maine’s state gem, are juried awards recognizing the best Maine-made films of the festival. These prizes were given in two categories: feature-length film and short film.

Winner of the Tourmaline Prize in the feature-length film category, as well as a cash prize of $5,000, is “Sunner,” the story of two young artists who attempt to create a memorial for their hometown and their generation’s experience before there’s no one left who remembers.

Written and directed by Henry Spritz, “Sunner” was filmed in Belfast, Sanford, Portland and Westbrook using local talent.

Winner in the short film category, as well as a cash prize of $2,500, is “Le Carrefour (The Intersection).” Daniel Quintanilla, who directed the film with Jessamine Irwin, accepted the Tourmaline Prize during the Maine International Film Festival. John T. Meader photo

The winner in the short film category, as well as a cash prize of $2,500, was “Le Carrefour (The Intersection).” Directed by Daniel Quintanilla and Jessamine Irwin, the film tells the story of the friendship between Cecile, a French-Canadian, and Trésor, a Franco-African immigrant seeking asylum in Lewiston.

Their interwoven stories reflect the repeating history of discrimination and oppression that French-speaking Mainers have faced and continue to endure.

“It’s so important to recognize and celebrate Maine’s filmmakers, who each year create such original works that highlight the people and stories of our state,” says Mike Perreault, festival director, according to a news release from Waterville Creates Communications Coordinator Mary Ellms. “It’s a tremendous achievement to create independent film here, and we’re proud that these inaugural Tourmaline Prizes will help enable these talented filmmakers to continue their work.”

Throughout the festival, audiences voted for their favorite feature films, and the winner of this year’s Audience Favorite Award is “Hopeful: The Story of MaineWorks,” directed by Ian McCrudden.

Another Maine-made film, “Hopeful” is the story of Margo Walsh, who built a business from her kitchen table as a single mother. Her company, MaineWorks, exclusively employs ex-cons and people in recovery, is fully operational in Maine, and is expanding to five other states.

For more information, visit mainefilmcenter.org.

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Netflix and Amblin Conspire to Thrill with ‘Carry On’ | Amblin Press

Amblin Partners is a film and television production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming. The company’s investment partners include Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.

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Snapchat to pay DistroKid artists monthly grants up to $100,000 via new ‘Sounds’ creator fund – Music Business Worldwide

MBW’s Stat Of The Week is a series in which we highlight a single data point that deserves the attention of the global music industry. Stat Of the Week is supported by Cinq Music Group, a technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company.

Snapchat is launching a new Creator Fund, which it says is designed “to recognize emerging, independent artists for the critical role they play in driving creation”.

Starting in August, Snap says it will pay monthly grants of up to $100,000 to independent artists who are distributing music on Snapchat via DIY distributor DistroKid.

Currently, musicians signed to Snap’s music label and publisher partners monetize their content through Snap’s label and publishing licensing deals.

In addition to the three major labels (Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group), Snap’s music partners include MERLIN Members, major publishers Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner Chappell, plus Kobalt, BMG, and NMPA members.

This new fund is a separate grant program for any musician that has opted into the Snapchat x DistroKid distribution deal by granting all rights.

DistroKid teamed up with Snapchat to let its artists distribute their music to the social platform in March 2021. Their partnership followed Snapchat’s launch of Sounds in October 2020, which lets users add music to their Snaps.

According to new stats published by Snap today (July 28), videos created with music from Sounds on Snapchat have collectively resulted in over 2.7 billion videos created and over 183 billion views.

Over the next coming months, Snap says that it will provide creative and funding benefits to Sounds creators who are selected to receive a grant from the Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund.

As part of the Funding element of the program, Snap says that it has partnered with DistroKid to distribute payments for up to 20 songs per month at $5,000 per song.

Snap says that it anticipates awarding “up to” $100,000 in grants during each month of the program.

“Snap wants to help emerging, independent artists produce quality content and build their brands by recognizing Sounds creators who are driving trends and defining cultural moments – not just based on their follower numbers”.

Snap hasn’t specified the exact time frame that the program is expected to run for but tells MBW that the program will run for the next several months to start.

Creative Support will also be provided to selected artists’ songs. Snapchat says that its Music Team is “always on the lookout for new licensed music that will drive creative expression through our Sounds products, based on the relevancy of songs to our audience”.

Adds Snapchat: “Whenever a licensed song is popular and resonating with our audience, it will have the opportunity to be included in relevant playlists in our Sounds creative tool, in a Snapchat Lens or in Spotlight.”

Snapchat reports that it now reaches over 600 million monthly and more than 330 million daily active users worldwide.

Snapchat claims to reach more than 75% of 13 to 34-year-olds in over 20 countries.

Snap says that, with its new fund, it “wants to help emerging, independent artists produce quality content and build their brands by recognizing Sounds creators who are driving trends and defining cultural moments – not just based on their follower numbers”.

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2022 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners Announced | WSKGWSKG

Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2022. Learn more about the 2023 contest here. BEST ANIMATION ‘Old World’ by Andrei Campbell Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood Education Center | Hornell, NY BEST COMEDY ‘CHILLIN’’ by Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2022. Learn more about the 2023 contest here. BEST ANIMATION ‘Old World’ by Andrei Campbell Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood Education Center | Hornell, NY BEST COMEDY ‘CHILLIN’’ by

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ArtStation – 1860’s Winchester Lever Action Rifle

Here is my contribution as a contract artist to the Dekogon project “WESTERN” that I worked with many other talented artists. I was responsible for the “1860’s Winchester Lever Action Rifle” on this project- created using nanite workflow for UE4 Thank you to my leads “Christopher Flynn” and “Greg Smith” and studio head “Clinton Crumpler” https://www.instagram.com/p/CgWKzxRNbGi/ https://www.artstation.com/ccrumpler https://www.artstation.com/cflynn8081 https://www.artstation.com/grogbert https://www.artstation.com/dekogon

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