Award presentation slated for March 29 ‘Best of the Best’ Showcase on Belmont’s campus
Continuing a tradition of recognizing music industry greats who are also dedicated to the educational process, Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business will honor Gordon Kennedy with the sixth annual Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence on March 29. The award presentation, which will occur during the University’s 2014 Best of the Best Showcase at Belmont’s Curb Event Center, will feature special performances by Belmont students as well as Kennedy colleagues Peter Frampton and Ricky Skaggs. “Best of the Best” begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
In the spring of 2008, the Curb College established the Award of Excellence in memory of program founder Bob Mulloy to annually recognize an individual who has achieved a level of excellence in the music business and entertainment industries with notable service to Belmont University and the Nashville community.
Curb College Dean Dr. Wes Bulla said, “It’s an honor for us to present the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence to Gordon, who considers Bob one of his early mentors. Gordon has remained a long-time champion and unofficial spokesman for the Curb College and all things Belmont and has never said no to a favor that supports our students, faculty and programs.”
Belmont alumnus and Curb College Board Chairman Doug Howard added, “I often say that Gordon Kennedy is a ‘world class songwriter, musician, producer and performer. I need to add that he is a ‘Heaven class’ family man, friend and Christian brother. I know Bob Mulloy was extremely proud of Gordon’s professional achievements. However, the latter traits are what Bob sought to instill in his students and are truly what matter most of all.”
The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, alongside industry partner ASCAP, honored alumna Carla Wallace as the fifth recipient of the Music City Milestone Award (MCMA). The MCMA celebrates Belmont’s connection with Music Row while also recognizing a Belmont graduate who has achieved truly superlative success in the entertainment and music industries early in their career.
Co-owner and general manager of Big Yellow Dog Music, an independent music publishing company based in Nashville, Wallace graduated from Belmont with a B.B.A. in Music Business. Throughout her time at Belmont, Wallace interned at many Music Row publishing companies. She also worked for the public relations department at The Nashville Network (TNN), delivering flyers across Nashville for upcoming concerts and shows, clipping articles that referenced TNN shows and seating the stars for the Viewer’s Choice Awards.
Last weekend more than 50 Belmont University students received hands on experiential education during one of the world’s biggest music events, the GRAMMYs. Belmont students helped escort acts from all genres of music for both the MusiCares dinner honoring Carole King and the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.
Belmont University’s student-led organization, Service Corps, specializes in volunteering for industry events such as the CMT Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, the ACM awards and more. But, the GRAMMYS is what Service Corps calls its “biggest event.” This year 22 Service Corps students, along with 30 students in the University’s semester-long Belmont West experiential education program, volunteered to assist during Grammy Week events. As part of their duties, Belmont students escorted various artists during the events including Ed Sheeran, Hunter Hayes, Gavin DeGraw, Anna Kendrick, Nelly and Katy Perry, to name a few.
Dr. Wesley Bulla, dean of Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, said, “For more than 10 years, Belmont students have worked the red carpet for the Grammy Awards. One of the most valuable elements of our program is the relevant experience our students receive, providing Belmont students with once in a lifetime experiences–not only to attend an event, but also play a part in making music’s biggest night happen.”
Frequently called on as a music, technology and entertainment business expert by national media outlets, Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde spent time at Belmont Wednesday sharing his insights with students in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Werde’s focus centered on his own career journey and instilling in students traits that could lead to their long-term success.
“I’m still a diehard music fan, and I listen to it for hours a day,” Werde said. “If you don’t really, really, really love music, then there’s way better ways to make money if you’re smart. [The music business] is hard, it’s a hustle.”
Werde recalled hearing author and New Yorker magazine contributor Nicholas Lemann speak to a class, noting, “99 percent of journalists are doing the same story. If you want to be a success, go after the one percent.”
This fall four juniors in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business (CEMB) will take part in Creative Connection, a unique internship program designed to connect students with key music industry companies and help them establish familiarity and meaningful relationships with four different facets of the industry: publishing, administration, artist management and business management. Students will experience the different aspects of the music business by working with four different local companies: Creative Nation, Words and Music, Crush Management and The Kella Stephenson Company.
Jamie Stamey, CEMB Internship Coordinator, said, “This industry is full of individuals that are driven to provide experience and opportunities to up-and-coming professionals. Belmont and the Mike Curb College are fortunate and grateful to have relationships with these people for the benefit of our students.”