Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Donates $100,000 to Music Makes Us Initiative for Metro Nashville Public Schools

Scott Borchetta, Mayor Karl Dean, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Three & Danielle Bradbery Highlight #MusicHasValue During Visit to SiriusXM

Big Machine Covers
The Tennessean for “All the Dreamers”


Dr. Jay Steele (Chief Academic Officer), Dr. Nola Jones (Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts), Chris Henson (Interim Director of Schools), Mayor Karl Dean and BMLG’s Scott Borchetta with $100,000 donation to Music Makes Us
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

The Band Perry’s Reid Perry, BMLG’s Allison Jones and Scott Borchetta, TBP’s Kimberly Perry, BMLG’s Matthew Hargis & TBP’s Neil Perry are all smiles during Big Machine’s 10th Anniversary
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

Danielle Bradbery performs her brand new single “Friend Zone”
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

Music City born-and-bred The Cadillac Three’s Kelby Ray, Jaren Johnston, Mayor Karl Dean & TC3’s Neil Mason
Photo Credit: Nick Rau

BMLG’s Scott Borchetta and Danielle Bradbery swap stories with SiriusXM’s John Marks
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta celebrates music education with Hume-Fogg students
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

BMLG executives Mike Molinar, John Zarling, Jimmy Harnen, Jack Purcell, Sandi Spika Borchetta, Andrew Kautz, Scott Borchetta, Matthew Hargis, David Nathan, Jim Weatherson, Allison Jones, Dave Kelly, Kelly Rich and Jessica Myers prove #MusicHasValue
Photo Credit: Lance Goodman

NASHVILLE, TN (September 1, 2015) – On the anniversary of the Big Machine Label Group’s first press conference in 2005 introducing inaugural artists such as Taylor Swift, President/CEO Scott Borchetta highlights the importance of music. BMLG celebrated 10 years strong  as a part of the Nashville music community today  by making a $100,000 donation to Music Makes Us, one of the music industry and Mayor Karl Dean’s top initiatives to “strengthen traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum.”

“It hit me like a ton of bricks about five years ago as we really started to become an industry leader,“ said Borchetta. “We were doing good but we needed to do better. I have no problem putting up the assets and the belief from Big Machine if there is real a return on our investment. Mayor Karl Dean’s visions continue to show a return, making sure that music stays in the schools.”

Students from the downtown Hume-Fogg school were invited to the SiriusXM Theater to personally experience how their hometown supports music education. Also in attendance were Chris Henson (Interim Director of Schools), Dr. Jay Steele (Chief Academic Officer), Dr. Nola Jones (Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts), Nancy Shapiro (The Recording Academy Senior VP | Music Makes Us Advisory Council Member). Fletcher Foster (Iconic Entertainment CEO | Music Makes Us Advisory Council Chair), Anna Shepherd (Board of Education | Music Makes Us Advisory Council Member), Dr. Aimee Wyatt (Executive Officer, Higher Schools), Dr. Antoinette Williams (Executive Officer, Middle Schools), Dr. Vanessa Garcia (Executive Officer, Elementary Schools), Dr. Kelly Henderson (Executive Director of Instruction) and several BMLG staff members.

Nashville natives The Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston spoke about their full circle moment having attended Metro Schools saying, “We grew up here. Kelby and I went to your school and Neil was down the road at Hillsboro so we know what’s it’s like to have a passion for music.” The Grammy-nominated hitmaker continued, “Keep on doing what you’re doing, it’ll pay off in one way or another.”

Winner of The Voice Danielle Bradbery, who signed to the Big Machine Records imprint in 2013 and landed in the Top 5 with her self-titled debut album, treated students to an acoustic performance. The petite powerhouse will earn her first spin of her brand new single during the exclusive radio world premiere on Buzz’s show. “
Friend Zone” is available now on iTunes and fans are quickly pushing the Top 20 tune up the charts.
SiriusXM The Highway host Buzz Brainard invites Borchetta, Reba, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Bradbery, The Cadillac Three and Waterloo Revival on-air today from 4:00 – 7:00P ET to share memories and songs. They will go back into the vault, playing back portions from the first Big Machine interview in 2005 featuring the flagship roster, and discussing the future of the industry and why #MusicHasValue.
Under the heading of “A Mighty Machine,” Big Machine prominently covers The Tennessean today, explaining the mission, history and future: “For all the dreamers […] the ascent of Borchetta's Big Machine can be viewed as an inspiration – an unusual combination of sales growth, unprecedented partnerships, shrewd royalty deals, unmatched radio promotion and keen eye for talent.” Read full article via
Throughout the last decade, Borchetta has expanded the company to five imprints – Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Dot Records, Republic Nashville, Nash Icon Records – and publishing company Big Machine Music. BMLG artists have scored 64 #1 hit singles with superstars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr., Steven Tyler, Jennifer Nettles, Brantley Gilbert and The Band Perry; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Eli Young Band, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses; The Voice winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers The Cadillac Three, RaeLynn and Drake White as well as soundtracks for ABC's hit drama "NASHVILLE." Borchetta served as the 2015 American Idol mentor and proudly added winner Nick Fradiani to the roster. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People's Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine was also the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights. BMLG's successful racing partnerships include 2014’s 12 Hours of Sebring winner Marino Franchitti and back-to-back Indy 500 wins with Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti in 2011 & 2012, respectively. Currently Big Machine Records is exclusively aligned with Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar and NASCAR as its Official Entertainment Partner and includes Indy 500 winning racing drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan and 2013 Indy Light champion Sage Karam. Visit

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