► With the Band (Nashville) Founder: Sarah Beth Perry -- With the Band is a mobile app that enables fans to easily create and participate in fan projects & fan meet ups. They also partner with artists to help unite their fanbases.
Three of the 11 teams of the 2020 cohort are Tennessee-based and two of them are represented by women. In 2019, five of 16 teams selected were Tennessee-based.
Inaugurated in 2015 with backing from the Country Music Association, Project Music brings music, technology, and business leaders together to accelerate the development of potentially industry-changing startups. The program affords cohort members access to the EC's industry network.
As VNC reported Feb. 18, the EC is soon likely to rebrand the Project Music program as Project Entertainment.
The 11 teams in the new cohort were selected from an applicant pool of 50, with a final stage of review by advisors, EC staff, and Project Music alumni with industry, investment, legal, tech, and other credentials.
"These eleven teams form the most diverse cohort in our six year history," says Stephen Linn, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Project Music. "Together, they touch every aspect of the industry and are the building blocks for the next generation of innovation. I'm excited to watch their progress and impact on the industry."
"It's in this moment that I am most proud of the work we do at the EC," said Jane Allen, President and CEO of Nashville Entrepreneur Center in a press release.
Allen also said in the release, which was issued amid the global COVID19 tumult: "For the past three weeks we have not missed one program or event. For that matter we have added significant programming -- everything is now done virtually. At the same time, I am proud of these entrepreneurs, the perseverance and resilience to follow your dreams in such uncertain times -- to keep moving forward and to use this time to truly work on your business..."
The April 2 press release explained the EC has modified its program to ensure the EC maintains relationships, continuity and programming for its new cohort.
Project Music sponsors include CMA, Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Bonnaroo Works Fund, Big Machine Label Group, First Tennessee, Galante Entertainment, Launch Tennessee, Pinnacle, SESAC, and Who Knew. [###]
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