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Wednesday, May 17 • 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Thomas Rhett: Breaking an International Act

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The world is witnessing the rise of Thomas Rhett — the multi-Platinum singer/songwriter leading the pack as one of Country music’s elite artists with seven #1 songs and multiple awards under his belt including ACM, Billboard, CMA, and ACC Awards for his six-week chart-topping smash hit “Die A Happy Man," which was also nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY. This success has translated into sold-out shows throughout the U.S., and ultimately "across the pond" where Thomas Rhett is building a fanbase and breaking barriers of entry into the international marketplace.

Join us for a special worldwide case study set to explore the growth of Thomas Rhett’s groundbreaking career — which began as a Nashville songwriter and has led headlining shows in Belgium, Canada, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Scotland. On the verge of a third album and a 2017 world tour, this timely discussion will give a current perspective on the challenges & opportunities of going global, as well as an inside look at the components necessary to do so, and much more.


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Phyllis Stark

Columnist, Billboard
Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on the music business for more than two decades. Formerly the Nashville Bureau Chief and senior editor for Billboard, she continues to write a weekly column for Billboard Country Update... Read More →

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Jimmy Chapin

Dir., Int'l, Big Machine Label Group
Jimmy Chaplin has overseen major album releases in over 50 countries worldwide including Taylor Swift’s 1989 album rollout and tour. He began as an intern at Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) while attending Belmont University in 2008, and is now Director of International. During Chapin's... Read More →
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Virginia Davis

Founder and Managing Partner, G Major Management
Over the past 15 years, Virginia Davis has established herself as a rising executive and entrepreneur in the Nashville and greater music community. Davis oversees the careers of CMA and ACM winning, GRAMMY-nominated and current ACM Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett and... Read More →
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Anna-Sophie Mertens

Promoter, Live Nation UK
Anna-Sophie Mertens joined Live Nation’s UK office in 2008, starting out as a promoter representative on the road. Mertens worked her way through the ranks via the ticketing department and the promoter’s office to become Promoter in 2015. Her roster includes a diverse array of... Read More →
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Akiko Rogers

Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)
Akiko Rogers is an agent at WME. She started her career as an assistant at APA Agency working under Jim Gosnell and Dick Gilmore. She booked the first American artist in Vietnam and then started booking the influx of American artists in Southeast Asia in the early 90s. Rogers has... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:15pm - 1:05pm CDT
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