Olivia Management

Artist Management in Nashville, Tennessee

My Experience Interning at Olivia Management

By Sarah Tully

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This semester has passed in an incredible whirlwind and I can’t believe it’s almost over. I’ve had about a hundred thousand things going on at any given time throughout this semester, but it’s been amazing. In the midst of the chaos of finals I’d like to take the time to reflect on all the things I’ve learned this semester with Olivia Management.

1. Good Things Come to Those Who Work

This semester I watched not just Erin, Madeline, and Maggie but my fellow interns work extremely hard on everything we did. For every project, show, and bump in the road we faced, the whole team was focused and diligent about achieving the end goal we had set for ourselves. It was inspiring to be around that kind of strong work ethic. It helped to push me not only at the internship but in my personal and academic life also.

2. Be Graceful

There were a couple of things that happened this semester that could have caused the atmosphere of the office to become very dark or tense, but Erin never let that happen. She met every obstacle with a grace I can only hope to achieve. She was upfront and honest with us all about what was going on, and even when it made my stomach drop just hearing it, she kept herself very composed and calm. She was quick to make jokes and laugh about things, lightening the mood, which ensured that the office never felt hostel and remained a nurturing environment for creativity and work.

3. Excellence!!

Erin’s mantra is excellence, and it certainly shows. I’ve never seen a team so committed to excellence, not just for their clients but for one another. The Olivia Management team working together is an amazing thing to watch because they strive to be the best team for their artists while also being the best teammates. It’s comforting and inspiring to see a group of women working together and achieving their goals time and time again.

I’m very sad to see this time at Olivia Management come to an end, because it feels like I started last week. It’s been an amazing, refreshing, and fun time and I’ve learned more than I could have imagined. Looking forward to seeing where my path takes me with this new knowledge and looking forward to seeing all of you again!

The Music Never Stops!

Like us, you are probably rushing through the day, looking forward to the turkey and pie on Thursday and the major sales on Friday. BUT, before you check out completely, here are some cool things going on with Olivia Management artists during this Holiday week!

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Lydia Luce: Lydia is playing fiddle for Joshua Hedley, opening for Jack White at Bridgestone TONIGHT (11/20)! If you are looking for some last minute plans, you can get tickets here!

Hush Kids: Hush Kids will be LIVE on Today in Nashville on WSMV tomorrow morning (11/21) at 11am! Check it out and hear their beautiful voices and see their lovely faces on your TV screen!

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And, for all of you Black Friday needs, Jill Andrews and Matthew Perryman Jones are running a sale on their web stores! For 15% off of MPJ merch, use the code “THANKFUL” at checkout! For 15% off Jill Andrews merch, use code “TURKEYDAY” at checkout. Both sales end on 11/26!

Tunes for Travel

By Mackenzie Fey

 In the car? I recommend “Angela” by The Lumineers!

In the car? I recommend “Angela” by The Lumineers!

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, I know I’m not alone when I say I’m always looking for some new tunes to satisfy my need for quality music during all of the travel this time brings. We spend so many hours of so many days traveling from here to there, bustling through endless foot and car traffic, to finally arrive to wherever we call home. Why not fill those hours listening to some great music?

 On a plane? I recommend “Free” by Jill Andrews!

On a plane? I recommend “Free” by Jill Andrews!

Here I have so lovingly thrown together a little (or not so little…130 songs to be exact) playlist featuring all the songs that remind me of looking out of the window to an open road or sky.

Because they’re so amazing and truly fit the bill when it comes to this playlist, I’ve made sure to add a couple of tunes from our very own artists here at Olivia Management! These include, Jill Andrews, Matthew Perryman Jones, Hush Kids, and Lydia Luce!

Happy listening and safe travels!

Jill Andrews LIVE

By Madeline Heiskell

Who doesn’t love a good live performance? I personally love to hear our artists play live whether its live from Facebook, Instagram, The Paste Studio, Live from Lighting 100, or a classic live show. In the office, we are all getting so PUMPED for Jill Andrew’s December tour and for everyone to hear her angelic live vocals. In preparation, here are some of our favorite live videos of Jill Andrews. Check them out below!

Erin’s Pick: Back Home, Paste Live

Kaley’s Pick: I’m so in Love with You

Mackenzie’s Pick: Rust or Gold, Audiotree Live

Madeline’s Pick: Cannibal, Paste Live Studios

Maggie’s Pick: Sea of Love, Jill and Langhorne Slim in Riviera Maya, Mexico

We hope you enjoyed our fave videos! If you want to see Jill LIVE this December, Click below to see her upcoming tour dates! I think we proved you won’t be disappointed!

Olivia Management Top 5

by Sarah Tully

All of our artists have unique and beautiful music. They all remind me daily why I fell in love with music in the first place. I thought I’d take the time to share my favorite songs by our artists!

First up is “Blue Eyes” by Jill Andrews. Jill’s vocals seem to float just above the music, and the song, written for her son, conveys every ounce of unconditional love a mother has for their child. This song is especially important to me because people always tell me how much I look like my mother, which she and I think is solely because I have her blue eyes. This is one of Jill’s older songs, coming from her 2011 album The Mirror, and the song is truly timeless.

Second is “Careless Man” by Matthew Perryman Jones. This is a much more recent song, released just a couple months ago as a single, leading up to his latest album The Waking Hours, released 9/21. The lyrics tell the story of a man struggling with how much he loves a person, which is a beautiful thing to me.


The third song on the list is “Wake Up” by Hush Kids. The song speaks to the state of the world and how one might feel lost in it all. The soft melody only enhances the power of the message, the idea of wanting to wake up and find out that all of the bad things aren’t so bad. It’s beautiful and incredibly timely, released October 26th on their debut self-titled album.

The fourth on the list is “Azalea” by Lydia Luce, from her debut album Azalea released a few months ago. A hypnotizing blend of Americana song writing with the flare of some electric rock guitars, “Azalea” is sure to give you all the feels, in all the best way!

Last, but absolutely not least, is “Save You” by Matthew Perryman Jones. If you’re listening and suddenly get images of Pretty Little Liars or Grey’s Anatomy don’t worry, you’re not going crazy. The song has been featured in both shows along with other MPJ tunes. The song is a classic love ballad and Matthew’s vocals bring it to heartbreaking heights. Easily a classic, “Save You” is a go-to on any day you need a ballad.

Popular Spotify Playlists featuring Olivia Management Artists by Kaley

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Matthew Perryman Jones

Only You on Autumn Leaves

Who Saved Who with Mindy Smith on Acoustic Love

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Jill Andrews

Tell That Devil on Swagger

I’m So In Love With You (feat. Seth Avett) on Acoustic Love

Lost It All on Deep Dark Indie

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Lydia Luce

Sausalito on Your Favorite Coffeehouse

Love You True on Acoustic Love

Sausalito on Fresh Folk

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Hush Kids

Morning Is Made on Morning Acoustic

Love Is a Made Up Word on Acoustic Love

Goodbye Rain on The Pulse of Americana

Hush Kid's First Album is HERE!

By Mackenzie Fey

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Friday, October 26th, 2018 Hush Kids released their self-titled debut album featuring 10 new songs. Band members Jill Andrews and Peter Groenwald have worked tirelessly with producer Ian Fitchuk on each and every song and now get to share the masterpiece with the world! Needless to say, I’ve been nothing short of excited for the album release ever since I heard their single “Love is a Made Up Word”. With the steady release of other singles “What’s Your Hurry”, “Morning is Made”, and “Goodbye Rain” over the past few months, we finally get to hear it all.

In Nashville and looking for something to do November 15th? Come see the magic in person and grab tickets from the button below for Hush Kids live at The Basement. I’ll be there and so should you. You won’t regret it.

Check out the support from Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music in the gallery below!

Music Modernization Act Signed Oct 11

by Mackenzie Fey

It’s been a long time coming, but the day has finally come. On the morning of Thursday, October 11th, 2018, President Donald Trump was joined by numerous music industry veterans to sign the Music Modernization Act (MMA).

This will change how mechanical licensing of songs that are on digital streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music will now be run: entirely by music publishers. It will increase the statutory rates with the help of performance rights organizations such as ASCAP and BMI, meaning more money for our dear music publishers and songwriters, not just the artists and labels.

Under the MMA, recordings before the year 1972 will now be able to receive master recording performance royalties. This means all your favorite hits from artists around that time will now properly be paid the way they should’ve always been.

The MMA also plans to help create one database where anyone can access records of sound recordings and identify them to their proper songwriters and publishers as conspicuously as possible, as well as match them if they haven’t been already.

It doesn’t seem like much, but in this day in age, more people are consuming and streaming music than in the history of mankind. This needed to happen. It’s been years in the making and to have things ultimately moving along is truly rewarding for so many in the industry.

"The Music Modernization Act is now the law of the land, and thousands of songwriters and artists are better for it.  The result is a music market better founded on fair competition and fair pay. The enactment of this law demonstrates what music creators and digital services can do when we work together collaboratively to advance a mutually beneficial agenda. It's a great day for music. We hope fans across the country will join with us in celebration and PLAY IT LOUD." - Mitch Glazier, RIAA president:

The Lost - and Recently Found - Appreciation for Vinyl

By Mackenzie Fey


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Back in the old days—1877 to be exact—the invention of the phonograph truly shook up the music publishing industry. This was a big disrupter to many who made a living off of the royalties earned from the printed song books and sheets. Instead of buying the sheet music to play in their homes, people now got to buy a record player and the vinyl they wanted to hear and have it instantly — no musical knowledge or skill needed! Adapting to the times, eventually music publishers found themselves getting back on their feet and suiting themselves fine off of vinyl sales and the mechanical royalties they curated. Whew.

Taking a step into modern times, things in the music industry have done another earth-shattering thing…Streaming. Dun dun dunnnn. In 2013, the technological world was introduced to platforms that allowed people anywhere and everywhere access to all of their favorite tunes without actually buying them. Basically, platforms like Apple Music and Spotify are more so digital lockers: they can hold all of your favorite songs, allowing you access to them at any point. There you can pick and choose specific songs and stream them instantaneously. What does this mean for the music industry, specifically music publishers and writers? It means very little money coming in the form of mechanical royalties (monies paid through streams).

Recently, however, there has been an increase in vinyl sales despite what’s been happening online! Millennial’s and generations of the like have resorted back to the more “aesthetically pleasing” format of listening to records. Yay! In 2016, vinyl sales reached a 25-year high, raising by 53% (Ellis-Peterson, 2017). For my music publishers out there, this isn’t too shabby. Returning to this tangible music has been good on every front: mechanical monies are coming in heavier, brick and mortar record stores have greater profits, and consumers get to enjoy the music in the best way, second to live performance. There’s something fun and exciting about going to a second-hand record store and rediscovering the music that influenced the songs we hear today.

Go grab a friend or neighbor and scavenge for a new or already-loved LP. Sit down and listen to the music that makes the world (and turn table) go ‘round!

Click below to order/preorder vinyls from Lydia Luce, Matthew Perryman Jones, and Hush Kids!

"The Waking Hours" is OUT!

By: Lilly Streeter

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Matthew Perryman Jones’ fifth studio album was released on Friday, September 21st and lets just say, I haven’t really listened to anything else. As Annie from ‘Sounds like Nashville’ said, “Jones is well known for his heartfelt lyrics and vivid storylines, and The Waking Hours is no exception. He penned eight of the album’s nine tracks, all except a stirring cover of Tom Waits’ “Take It with Me” done in one take. Many of the songs on the project detail the ups and downs of love. One of the most vulnerable moments on the album is the poignant ballad ‘Half Hearted Love’ where he sings, ‘I’m afraid to love what I could lose.’”

What a perfect description and depiction of MPJ’s new album. I don’t know about you but, I’m ready to see him perform this album live. Get ready to have a good cry listening to Matthew’s voice sing these delicate tunes. Check this link https://www.mpjmusic.com/tour/ (or at the bottom) to get your tickets today!!!

It’s also available on all streaming platforms here if you aren’t a huge fan of crying in public. Hope you enjoy this album as much as I do!




Lydia Luce: Live Sessions You Won't Want to Miss

By Mackenzie Fey


"Sausalito"

This video was shot in an old Volkswagen Van on the west coast of California with the Westy Sessions. Perfect, right? I don't ever get tired of this song, and you neither will you. Needless to say this is my absolute favorite.

 

"Love You True"

Written for Lydia's older brother and his bride as a wedding gift, this song captures every essence of love anyone could ask for. Simply put, you can't find this gift on any ordinary wedding registry. 

 

"Blue Ocean"

Here we are able to see just a portion on the amount of talent Miss Lydia Luce has. Here she is accompanied by the harmonies of Zach Torres, along with her enchanting viola in another Westy Sessions. 

 

Looking For More?


By Mackenzie Fey

Kaley's Blog of Recent Jams

As the month of August comes to a close, I wanted to share a playlist of mine. It includes all the songs I have discovered and rediscovered over the course of the past 31 days. I do this every month in hopes that I can make a "Greatest Hits of 2018" playlist at the end of the year.

 

I rediscovered music by the actor, Michael Cera. I bought the album when it first came out in 2014 and then it was recommended to me again on Spotify. 

This month I have gotten into K-Pop, which stands for Korean Pop music. A lot of my friends have told me about it for awhile and it finally stuck! I am looking forward to listening to more international music in the future.

My family and I are also big Avett Brothers fans, so when I saw that Jill Andrews and Seth Avett sang together I was very excited.  Both of them have beautiful voices and they blend together so well.

 

The Streaming World Changing One 'Alexa' at a Time.

By Lilly Streeter

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Alexa, the world renown smart speaker is changing the way consumers consume music. Studies show that in January of 2018, over 39 million Americans, 16%, owned a smart speaker.

Have you ever gotten home after a long day and said, "Alexa, play me something relaxing," or if you're making dinner, "Alexa, play me a dinner playlist". Before smart speakers came out, it wasn't likely that people would search for music by what activity they were doing. That is why metadata is so important in this day in age. Labels will now 'classify' / categorize their music under moods and activities. They essentially add 'tags' (metadata) to their songs to describe them. So, streaming algorithms incorporate that data to get on to a curated playlist made for your mood. Streaming services have codes/algorithms to have curated playlists ready at the sound of the consumers voice, crazy right?

Not only is this beneficial to the consumer but, artists get more exposure than they would have before streaming. Smart speakers make it easier to find new music which brings up artists numbers as well. 

As complex as 'Alexa' might be, smart speakers are taking over and revolutionizing the world of streaming. So next time when you get home from a long day and want something relaxing ask, "Alexa play me Lydia Luce's new album Azalea". 

Kaley's Intern Introduction!

You always hope for interns with similar music taste, but sometimes that's just not in the cards. You may have to sacrifice the simple comforts of mutual interest sometimes when hiring interns. Thankfully that's not the case with Kaley! During our interview we bonded over concerts we'd been to and albums we were digging, and that's pretty refreshing. Beyond that, Kaley's got some awesome experience as a PD at a student-run radio station in her hometown, and has a great attitude about accomplishing anything you might need her to. She's a smart cookie and a good hang, and we're eager to help her achieve whatever she wants to achieve with us this semester! Also, thank you, Kaley, for introducing us to Pepperoni Cheese Bread in your below blog with accompanying pictures.


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Hello

My name is Kaley Ross and I am interning at Olivia Management to gain as much experience as I can about management, promotion, and running a business! I am also looking forward to making connections with people in this field with similar interests, like music supervision and going to live shows.


My Hobbies:

  • Hanging out with my cat, Midnight

  • Watching movies at home or going to the theater

  • Drinking and trying new kinds of tea

  • Playing music with my band


Fun Q&A

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Definitely Pepperoni Cheese Bread. If I'm not paying attention I can eat an entire box by myself.

What is your favorite part about Nashville?

My favorite part about Nashville is Woodland Street because it has my three favorite places to go, which are Five Points Pizza, The Soda Parlor, and High Garden Tea and Apothecary.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I for sure want to be the old lady down the street that the local kids think is a witch, but professionally, I would love to be either an Artist Manager or a Music Supervisor. I have not decided yet.


Last Sentiments

I chose to intern with Olive Management when I had Erin Anderson as my Entrepreneurship Professor. She is such a genuine person and I have always been interested in Artist Management. This seemed like the perfect learning opportunity for me and I cannot wait to get started!

New Intern: Mackenzie Fey

Mackenzie is a rare find of an intern. When I was interviewing for the semester, I'd already hired three interns by the time interviewed her, and wasn't planning on hiring a fourth. However, a previous intern, Callie Paige, told me that I'd love her and that I'd 100% end up hiring her. She was right! Mackenzie is just a Sophomore, but when I chatted with her for the first time she was the type of person that seemed like she had wisdom beyond her years and a poise that most students her age don't have. I'm so glad I hired her on with us because she's already proved that she's invested and eager to learn the ins and outs of the industry, as well as our company. LOOK OUT for this one, y'all! You're probably going to hear her name in the future! 


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What do you want to get out of this internship?

I want to learn as much as I possibly can. There's only so much a classroom setting can teach you. I want to be able to take what I've learned so far, and further that with hands-on experience is truly something I'm so excited for and I know I'll get here at Olivia Management. 

What do you love to do? Hobbies? Activities?

I really love exploring new places, writing my own music, hanging with my sweet pals, and playing with my puppy Sophie when I'm home. 

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Easy: Ice cream. What mood, occasion, or lazy afternoon has ice cream ever been unnecessary? 

Favorite musicians, artists, genres, equipment, shows you’ve been to...tell us anything you love about music.

About two years ago, my dad and I took the hour drive up to Milwaukee, WI from Chicago and settled in to hear Foy Vance live in concert. This show was at Collectivo Coffee. You'd think it was just a typical hipster coffee shop, but for shows like his, they move a wall separating the coffee shop revealing a huge back room with a stage in the back. The crowd was small, and the show intimate. To see one of my favorite artists play a live, acoustic, and up-close set was so incredible.

Why did you choose to intern here?

I chose to intern here because I am in awe of the female powerhouse this company is. From the moment I found out about Olivia Management, I knew I wanted to work here one day. As I learn more and more about the company, the more I like it. I'm truly honored to be interning here. I know they have so much to offer in teaching me, are incredibly intentional with their time and mine, and have shown that they want to get to know me and what I want to get out of being here.

What is your favorite part about Nashville?

I'd have to say my favorite part is my home away from my actual home, Belmont University. There I have found communities unlike anywhere else. I'm from Chicago and had never moved a day in my life. Coming down to Nashville for school and spending a majority of my year here was something I didn't think I could do. Thanks to Belmont, I know I have found a place that I know I can call my own. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Am I too late to say princess? In all seriousness though, I haven't the slightest idea. I do know that I love music and everything having to do with it. Music business is just the tree trunk of all the different branches and fields to go down. 

Lilly's Intro Blog Post!

I'm really loving Lilly's photo below...just so everyone knows. Lilly is our creative design gal on the team this semester, and we've already loaded her up with projects involving ad creative, Pledge-exclusive video content and other less-creative tasks like updating our press spreadsheets that might be less fun but she completes flawlessly! She's KILLED IT on everything we've thrown at her so far with minimal direction needed, and we just can't to see what more she's capable of throughout this season. Check out her eclectic music taste (any Mamma Mia 2 fans in the house?) and more tidbits about her below We're so lucky to have her! 

 A True Jazz Square Enthusiast 

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All About Me!

  • What do you want to get out of this internship? 

I'm excited to get out-of-class experience and to have a better understanding of the music industry and how it all comes together. By the end of this internship I hope to gain knowledge that will help me later down the road and create some awesome relationships.

  • What do you love to do? Hobbies? Activities? 

I love being outside whether that's at the beach or in the mountains. I also enjoy reading, going to the movies and listening to music. 

  • If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? 

My grandma's home made chex mix or peanut m&m's. 

  • Favorite musicians, artists, genres, equipment, shows you’ve been to...tell us anything you love about music. 

I enjoy all types of music but some of my current favorite artists are Tom Misch, Daniel Caesar, and the Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack, if you haven't seen it yet, 10/10 would recommend. I got to see Daniel Caesar at Bonnaroo this past summer and it definitely had to be one of my favorite live shows.

  • Why did you choose to intern here? 

I chose to intern at Olivia Management because I admire their hard work and goals in the industry. They strive for excellence and that is definitely a motto I want to live by especially in the working world. 

  • What is your favorite part about Nashville? 

The coffee and the people! These are some of my favorite coffee shops in Nashville! My favorite, 'The Jam Coffeehouse' isn't listed but it's definitely in my top 10!

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  

A dream job of mine would be a tour videographer. I would be able to mix two of my favorite things into one; traveling and music. 

Sarah's Intern Intro!

Sometimes you can tell right off the bat whether a student is going to be a great fit for an internship. When Sarah went above and beyond while completing an activity that's part of our interview process, I knew right away that I wanted her to be with us for the fall semester. Having taken a class with Erin, Sarah knew all about our philosophy of excellence and was inspired by Erin's knowledge of the industry to come be a part of our team. We're so happy to have her with us! Learn more about her below. 

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What do you want to get out of this internship?

My hope for this internship is to discover if I have what it takes to be a manager. A few people close to me have encouraged me to look into it as a possible career path, so here I am! Specifically, I'm hoping to learn as much about marketing and tour management as I can.

What do you love to do? Hobbies? Activities?

I love going to the movies (bonus points to any theater that lets you put your own butter on the popcorn). I also enjoy listening to new music obsessively. I'll listen to a song on repeat for days at a time, seriously. Days. It drives anyone who gets in the car with me crazy.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

If it wasn't unbelievably unhealthy and super specific, I would happily eat egg everything bagels from the shop near my parents house for the rest of my life.

Favorite musicians, artists, genres, equipment, shows you’ve been to...tell us anything you love about music.

I went to Govenors Ball this summer and got to see Post Malone perform Better Now. There were thousands of people in the crowd, most under the influence of something, and we all managed to jump up and land on the beat at the beginning of the chorus every single time. It was an energy unlike anything I've ever felt before and something I'll hold onto forever. My favorite artists range from Dermot Kennedy to The Weeknd to Denzel Curry to Meatloaf. I will listen to just about anything.

Why did you choose to intern here?

I chose to intern with Olivia Management because I took Erin's Entrepreneurship class at Belmont University about two years ago and thought she was really inspiring. She's an unbelievable wealth of information as well as being kind and nurturing so I knew this would be a great environment to learn and grow in.

What is your favorite part about Nashville?

I love how different Nashville is from where I grew up. I'm from Long Island, New York which is a mix of New York City attitude and beach vibes, so coming to Nashville has pushed me to grow and learn about different lifestyles that I would have never been exposed to otherwise.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to work at a record label, either in their A&R department or Touring department. But mostly, as cheesey as it sounds, I just want to end up with a career and a life that makes me happy.