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YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events



 
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YEP REWIND: HOLIDAY EDITION

WHERE: The Basement East

917 Woodland Street Nashville, TN 37206

When: November 29th, 2018 - 8pm

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2TiR1ee

 

We don't always have an event of our own going on, but we still want to make sure you know what's going on around Nashville. Below are some events this week - go check them out! 

 
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ABOUT YEP


ABOUT YEP


MISSION STATEMENT

The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development.

 

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YEP

  • There is no formal membership application. Just join our mailing list and start coming out to our events!
  • Our events are open to all aspiring and active entertainment industry professionals.
  • We do our best to keep most of the events open to all ages, but please take note if an event says it is 18+ or 21+.
  • Don't be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself to people at our events. We're all there to do the same thing - NETWORK!
  • Right now, we don't have a way for people to volunteer within YEP, but we are working on it.
  • Also, YEP and it's "side-hustling millennials" were featured online by Forbes, which we just think is pretty darn cool! Check out the article here! 

 

ABOUT YEP EVENTS

YEP puts on a wide array of events that create opportunities for young entertainment professionals to get together and connect. From shows and trivia nights, to mixers and educational seminars, there's always something going on. Get all the details/updates about our upcoming events by joining the YEP mailing list or checking our Upcoming YEP Events page.

YEP REWIND

Don't miss our YEP Rewind shows at Basement East when we throw it back to a different decade of jams! 80's Rock, 90's Pop, Classic Country... we do it all, and we bring in some of Nashville's most talented singer/songwriters to do it.

MIXERS

We have mixers throughout the year for ambitious young industry professionals like yourself to come out and meet people in town chasing the same dreams as you. It's a fun, casual way to connect and check out some cool bars, restaurants, and venues around Nashville. Most of these mixers are 18+, but be sure to check our emails/flyers in case we happen to have one that is 21+.

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EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

Don't miss our yearly Musicprenuer series giving students and young entertainment professionals alike the opportunity to hear from the entertainment industry's greatest minds.

TRIVIA NIGHT

Who doesn't love a good trivia night?! Join us for an evening of music trivia the first Thursday of every month at 6pm at Tin Roof on Demonbruen. Come with a team of 4 or join in with other groups and meet some cool people - and of course, there's always some fun prizes!

 

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YEP NIGHT @ THE BASEMENT

Come out and see some of Nashville's best up and coming songwriters. We always try to have a mix of signed and unsigned writers to help showcase new talent in our city! Just a reminder that events at The Basement are for ages 21+ only.

 

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

Haven't you heard? Nashville is the place to be! We love partnering with other companies and events around town. Be on the lookout for some of our YEP Nights at the Nashville Sounds, Predators games, and of course our events at the Grand Ole Opry!

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NEWS


 

YEP REWIND SHOW TRIBUTES ‘STRAIT’ ‘90S COUNTRY

SONGWRITERS AND ARTISTS COVER COUNTRY THROWBACKS AT THE BASEMENT EAST

  L to R:  Morris Light & Sound’s, Alexa Simpson; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen; YEP Executive Director, Amelia Varni; Show Headliner, William Michael Morgan; Country Artist, Luke Pell; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen;  Photo: Jason Myers Photography

L to R: Morris Light & Sound’s, Alexa Simpson; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen; YEP Executive Director, Amelia Varni; Show Headliner, William Michael Morgan; Country Artist, Luke Pell; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen; Photo: Jason Myers Photography

Nashville, TN - April 11, 2018: Music industry organization, Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) entertained a full house at The Basement East with a setlist of classic country songs from the ‘90s. Held at The Basement East, the YEP Rewind Strait ‘90s Show raised over $ for the Opry Trust Fund, whose mission is to help those in the country music industry when they need it the most, offering financial assistance during their time of need. 

Artist Brinley Addington hosted a lineup of Nashville songwriters and performers including: Ryan Beaver who kicked off the show with George Strait’s “Write This Down,” headliner William Michael Morgan covering Tracy Lawrence’s “Paint Me A Birmingham” (Tracy Lawrence) and Kree Harrison singing “Strawberry Wine” and “One Way Ticket”. Additionally, Brett Tyler, Jameson Rogers and Brandon Lay harmonized for Blackhawk’s, “Goodbye Says It All”. House band Orangotwang with the Dixie Dames, appropriately covered “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks.

  L to R:  Noelle LaRae of Neon Moon; YEP Exec. Director, Amelia Varni; Artist, Maggie Rose;  Photo: Jason Myers Photography

L to R: Noelle LaRae of Neon Moon; YEP Exec. Director, Amelia Varni; Artist, Maggie Rose; Photo: Jason Myers Photography

Other show highlights included Brinley Addington’s performance of “Trouble,” Lainey Wilson’s spirited take on “Sold” by John Michael Montgomery, Greylon James’ cover of Tracy Byrd’s “Watermelon Crawl,” and Luke Pell’s performance of David Lee Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle.” Maggie Rose closed out the show with none other than the Shania Twain’s powerhouse anthem,“Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

Additional guests included duos Seaforth and Neon Moon, Emily Ann Roberts, Sarah Allison Turner, Ross Cooper, Greylan James, Kimberly Kelly, Randall King, Hannah Dasher and Erin Enderlin.

  L to R:  YEP Director of Finances, Mandelyn Monchick; YEP Exec. Director, Amelia Varni; YEP Director of Public Relations, Libby Oellerich; YEP Director of Community Engagement, Rachel Knight Zola; YEP Director of Education, Caroline Melby; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen;  Photo: Jason Myers Photography

L to R: YEP Director of Finances, Mandelyn Monchick; YEP Exec. Director, Amelia Varni; YEP Director of Public Relations, Libby Oellerich; YEP Director of Community Engagement, Rachel Knight Zola; YEP Director of Education, Caroline Melby; YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations, MaryAnn Keen; Photo: Jason Myers Photography

Upcoming YEP events include: 

* Life Of An Entertainer Panel Series at CMA, Tuesday, May 1st

* YEP Rewind (theme TBD) at The Basement East, Tuesday, June 18th

About YEP: 

The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development.

About our show sponsor, Morris Light and Sound: 

Morris Light & Sound was formed by outfitting tours for country supergroup Alabama. In 1993 they began working with Kenny Chesney, who has won nine “Entertainer of the Year” awards while he’s been on their roster. Over the past 25 years, Morris Light & Sound has grown into one of the premier audio and lighting providers, partnering with clients such as Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen and Montgomery Gentry—just to name a few. In 2013 they added our integration division, which focuses on creating fixed systems for a wide variety of clients, including healthcare facilities, corporations and houses of worship. Collectively, they service a wide variety of clients, including tours, live events, healthcare facilities and corporate events. 

About the Opry Trust Fund: 

Often referred to as the home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry provides artists with the opportunity to perform with their mentors, to sit down with a fellow artist and share stories that only artists can relate to, and to walk backstage and feel like they're at home. This feeling of family is why, on the Opry's 40th Birthday in 1965, Opry management decided to start the Opry Trust Fund whose mission is to help those in the country music industry when they need it the most, offering financial assistance during their time of need.


For more information contact:

Libby Oellerich at 706.836.0260 | libby@nashvillesongwriters.com


Video: Cooper Smith

 
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Meet The Board


"YEP’s leadership is comprised entirely of side-hustling millennial board members." - FORBES

Meet The Board


"YEP’s leadership is comprised entirely of side-hustling millennial board members." - FORBES

   Amelia Varni      Starstruck Entertainment    On her very first day of college, Amelia landed an internship on Music Row, managing her favorite country artists and writers. She gained further industry experience working as an assistant to fashion stylist Katy Robbins, A&R intern at Warner Music Nashville, and Executive Assistant at Universal Music Publishing. Amelia served on the 2014 BMI Catalog Cast and Review Crew for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center before graduating from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies. Go Bruins!               

Amelia Varni

Starstruck Entertainment

On her very first day of college, Amelia landed an internship on Music Row, managing her favorite country artists and writers. She gained further industry experience working as an assistant to fashion stylist Katy Robbins, A&R intern at Warner Music Nashville, and Executive Assistant at Universal Music Publishing. Amelia served on the 2014 BMI Catalog Cast and Review Crew for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center before graduating from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies. Go Bruins!

 

 

 

 

 

   Caroline Melby      Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business     Caroline grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, where she attended Mississippi State University for a year before transferring to Belmont University. There, she got a degree in Music Business while interning at Broken Bow Records, Big Yellow Dog, and Sea Gayle Music, as well as playing mandolin in a bluegrass band. Nine months after graduation, Caroline returned to Belmont University as a Career Development Specialist in the Curb College.

Caroline Melby

Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

Caroline grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, where she attended Mississippi State University for a year before transferring to Belmont University. There, she got a degree in Music Business while interning at Broken Bow Records, Big Yellow Dog, and Sea Gayle Music, as well as playing mandolin in a bluegrass band. Nine months after graduation, Caroline returned to Belmont University as a Career Development Specialist in the Curb College.

   Jarrod Holley      Suit Music     Cleveland, OH native Jarrod Holley began his career in the entertainment industry as a musician while touring in bands as a teenager. In doing so, he acquired a real world understanding of the touring industry and the essential components of a successful event. Jarrod's experiences on the road led him to a job in Nashville, TN where he focused on artist management and social media marketing for Frankie Ballard. Since relocating to Nashville in 2011, Jarrod has worked with a number of talented artists including Eli Young Band, Eric Hutchinson, Canaan Smith, and Sean McConnell. Currently, Jarrod is an artist manager at Suit Music.       

Jarrod Holley

Suit Music

Cleveland, OH native Jarrod Holley began his career in the entertainment industry as a musician while touring in bands as a teenager. In doing so, he acquired a real world understanding of the touring industry and the essential components of a successful event. Jarrod's experiences on the road led him to a job in Nashville, TN where he focused on artist management and social media marketing for Frankie Ballard. Since relocating to Nashville in 2011, Jarrod has worked with a number of talented artists including Eli Young Band, Eric Hutchinson, Canaan Smith, and Sean McConnell. Currently, Jarrod is an artist manager at Suit Music.

 

 

   Mandelyn Monchick      Deep South Entertainment    Mandelyn Monchick started as an intern for Deep South Entertainment in Raleigh, NC during the spring semester of her junior year at North Carolina State University. She moved to Nashville for a marketing internship with Etix that summer, and decided to stay. She spent a year working as an assistant to an entertainment attorney before opening Deep South's Nashville office, where she currently works overseeing accounts for Deep South's Nashville based business management clients and day-to-day managing two of Deep South's development artists.

Mandelyn Monchick

Deep South Entertainment

Mandelyn Monchick started as an intern for Deep South Entertainment in Raleigh, NC during the spring semester of her junior year at North Carolina State University. She moved to Nashville for a marketing internship with Etix that summer, and decided to stay. She spent a year working as an assistant to an entertainment attorney before opening Deep South's Nashville office, where she currently works overseeing accounts for Deep South's Nashville based business management clients and day-to-day managing two of Deep South's development artists.

   Alina Thompson      CMA     Alina Thompson is a Belmont University graduate with a degree in music business. While attending Belmont she interned for CMT in both the social media marketing and music strategy departments, on the promotions team at Broken Bow Music Group, and with multiple radio stations under Max Media Group in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. During college, Alina worked briefly in radio marketing/promotions. Upon graduation, Alina joined the Music Strategy team at CMT where she worked for two years, at which point she moved to CMA and became their Marketing Coordinator. She was later promoted and now serves as CMA's Marketing & Partnerships Manager.

Alina Thompson

CMA

Alina Thompson is a Belmont University graduate with a degree in music business. While attending Belmont she interned for CMT in both the social media marketing and music strategy departments, on the promotions team at Broken Bow Music Group, and with multiple radio stations under Max Media Group in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. During college, Alina worked briefly in radio marketing/promotions. Upon graduation, Alina joined the Music Strategy team at CMT where she worked for two years, at which point she moved to CMA and became their Marketing Coordinator. She was later promoted and now serves as CMA's Marketing & Partnerships Manager.

   Libby Oellerich      NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International)    Libby Oellerich is a storyteller with a passion for promoting music creators and entrepreneurial leaders. She is the Creative Content Manager for Nashville Songwriters Association International where she produces educational content for the organization and hosts her own video and podcast series, NSAI Coffee Break. Libby is a native of Augusta, Georgia, and a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Additionally, she serves as a member on the Belmont Young Alumni Board.

Libby Oellerich

NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International)

Libby Oellerich is a storyteller with a passion for promoting music creators and entrepreneurial leaders. She is the Creative Content Manager for Nashville Songwriters Association International where she produces educational content for the organization and hosts her own video and podcast series, NSAI Coffee Break. Libby is a native of Augusta, Georgia, and a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Additionally, she serves as a member on the Belmont Young Alumni Board.

   Rachel Knight      Turnipblood Entertainment & The Knight Agency, Inc.     Rachel Knight is a native of Louisville, KY and a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. During and immediately after college, Rachel worked in entertainment PR and IT startups. She is currently COO of Turnipblood Entertainment and Founder and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., a talent development and placement agency in Nashville.

Rachel Knight

Turnipblood Entertainment & The Knight Agency, Inc.

Rachel Knight is a native of Louisville, KY and a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. During and immediately after college, Rachel worked in entertainment PR and IT startups. She is currently COO of Turnipblood Entertainment and Founder and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., a talent development and placement agency in Nashville.

 
 

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Young Entertainment Professionals Podcast is a series featuring the people cultivating the entertainment industry and how they discovered their career path with the help of YEP Nashville.

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