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September News


  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels and webinars.  If you missed the LA Chapter's Asian Music Market webinar, members can view it, and all archived panel and webinar videos, here.  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.
  • Meet featured member Robert Carlton, Senior Vice President, Development SMACKSongs and a Nashville Chapter board member!  (www.aimp.org, scroll down)
  • Italian composing giant Ennio Morricone, who died in July 2020 at 91, will be given his due at Venice with a screening of Ennio, a documentary by Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore.  Read more here
  • Why Are (Some) Record Labels and Music Publishers Still Only Reporting Every 6 Months?  Read the Music Business Week op-ed by Tom Allen, Managing Director of UK-headquartered Curve Royalty Systems, here
  • NFTs and Music Royalty Streams: 5 Legal Issues To Be Aware Of - Read the MBW article from Covington & Burling LLP, the multi-award winning law firm whose lawyers have advised and represented clients including major record labels and music publishers, trade organizations like the RIAA and NMPA, and leading performing rights organizations like BMI and GMR, here
  • New Strategies For Investing In Music Rights and Other Recent Developments In The World Of RightsTech - read more here.
  • ASCAP - The music world lost a rock ‘n’ roll legend on August 24th with the death of Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts at the age of 80.  Click here to listen to a curated playlist. 
  • BMI is saddened by the passing of Don Everly, half of the timeless duo, the Everly Brothers. Don, along with his brother Phil, was renowned for classic songs they sang together including several penned by BMI songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, such as the #1 pop hit “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Bye Bye Love,” which reached #1 on the country chart, #2 on the pop chart and #5 on the R&B chart. “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” which was also written by Boudleaux Bryant, slotted at #142 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Everly Brothers’ overwhelming success also earned the iconic duo induction into the inaugural year (1986) of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Don Everly will be missed by his many friends and fans at BMI.
  • SESAC celebrated songwriters and music publishers behind this year's most-performed pop songs with its second virtual awards celebration of 2021. Pop Music Awards honorees were announced on the organization's website and across social media platforms with exclusive content and Jack Harlow was honored as Songwriter of the Year.  Read more here
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Robert Carlton / SMACKSongs


Robert Carlton - Senior Vice President, Development, SMACKSongs

Robert Carlton serves as the Senior Vice President, Development at SMACKSongs where he has worked for the last 8 years developing the publishing house into the nationally acclaimed staple it is on Music Row today.

Born and raised in Hendersonville, TN, Carlton graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Music Business. After graduation, he moved to Nashville where he started a career in publishing that would introduce the world to some of country music’s most renowned songwriters and artists. 

Initially at Black River Entertainment, Carlton signed GRAMMY Award Nominated artist Kelsea Ballerini to her first ever publishing deal. Throughout his career, he has gone on to work with such acclaimed acts as Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, and Jake Owen, among many others. 

At SMACK, Carlton oversees the publishing leg of the company, which includes managing multi-GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, and SMACK partners, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, as well as guiding their more than 20 writers to success. Under his watch, SMACK has spent 8 years in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Publishing Corporations year-end chart, and in 2021 alone has landed 19 songs on the country radio charts. 

Additionally, Carlton oversees the artist management leg of SMACK, which includes powerhouse singer/songwriter Walker Hayes, currently sitting at the top of nearly every country sales and streaming chart with his smash hit “Fancy Like,” as well as Kylie Morgan, a Vevo discover artist who was named to CMA’s KixStart Program and CMT’s Next Women of Country.  

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