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July 31, 2019

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

SOLD OUT - Exploring the A&R Process with 3 of Nashville's Top A&R Execs

Join us for a lunch panel with three of Nashville’s top A&R executives, Arturo Buenahora (Little Louder Music), Allison Jones (Big Machine), and Sara Knabe (BBR Music Group), to explore the strategies and challenges in the current artist development landscape and A&R process.   


Arturo Buenahora
President & Owner, Little Louder Music

Allison Jones
Sr. VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Gorup

Sara Knabe
VP, A&R at BBR Music Group


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2 Music Sq W
Nashville, TN 37203

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ARTURO BUENAHORA- Nashville native, Arturo Buenahora Jr. graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1996. He joined Sony ATV Music Publishing in June of 1997 as the night-shift tape copy boy and left 10 years later as the Sr. Director of Creative Services and Production. During his time there, he signed and developed Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, Ryan Tyndell, and Stan Lynch. The next four years found Buenahora in A&R roles at Capitol Nashville and Universal Records South where he placed Song Of The Year “Crazy Girl” with Eli Young Band. Disenchanted with the label world, Buenahora returned to music publishing as the General Manager of ole Music. While at ole, Buenahora signed young artist Charlie Worsham and songwriter Ryan Tyndell. Tyndell scored the most played song of 2012 with “Springsteen”, written with Jeff Hyde and Eric Church. Charlie Worsham, now a Warner Brothers recording artist, released his debut album “Rubberband” that same year. Through the years, combining his publishing and A&R background, Buenahora has served as Executive Producer for Dierks Bentley, Charlie Worsham, and Eric Church. In 2013, Buenahora and Eric Church started publishing company, Little Louder Music. Buenahora was listed in Billboard’s prestigious “40 Under 40” and is a member of the Leadership Music class of 2007.

ALLISON JONES - With a keen ear for chart-topping hits, emotive ballads, rollicking arena anthems and songs across the spectrum that make you feel anything – and everything – Allison Jones has become a gem for both artists and songwriters. With 27 years of experience in the music industry, she leads recording processes as SVP of A&R for the Big Machine Label Group’s diverse roster. Her current lineup includes Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Cadillac Three, Midland, Riley Green, Brett Young, Carly Pearce, Eli Young Band, Jennifer Nettles, Ronnie Dunn, Danielle Bradbery, Tyler Rich, Josh Phillips, Dan Smalley and Sheryl Crow - as well as many others throughout her career. Jones previously held post as VP of A&R UMG Nashville, Head of A&R at DreamWorks, Director of A&R at Giant Records and BNA Records. The Florida native and Vanderbilt University alumna is a voting member of NARAS, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music in addition to joining Leadership Music’s 2001 class.

SARA KNABE - Knabe is responsible for BBR Music Group’s roster of artists across imprints Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Red Bow Records, and Wheelhouse Records, as well as scouting, signing, and developing new talent for the roster. Before BBR, she worked at BMG, where she started as Sr. Director, Creative and was elevated to VP, Creative in 2016. She has worked with an impressive list of songwriters and artists including Jay DeMarcus, Ruston Kelly, Tony Lane, Jim Lauderdale, Gordie Sampson, Lucie Silvas, Wynn Varble, and many others. During her time at BMG she and her team secured an abundance of placements for BMG writers and chart-topping songs include “God, Your Mama, And Me” and platinum-certified “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line, as well as songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, and others.

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