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Country Music Publishing Professionals Advise Students to Be Persistent

On March 20, Belmont hosted a Curb College seminar featuring longtime country music producer and Streamsound Records Founder Byron Gallimore, A&R and publishing professional Missi Gallimore, singer/songwriter Jaida Dreyer and songwriter-producer Tommy Cecil. The four spoke to students and challenged them to do their best to make a name for themselves in the music industry.

The panel discussion, moderated by senior music business major Maddy Sundquist, centered on a theme of persistence and a yearning to stay on top of industry news and changes. Byron shared with students that while being a producer ultimately involves a fair amount of luck, it also relies on hard work and preparation. To be successful, students should do their research before coming to industry seminars and events to get the most out of them.

Dreyer stressed the importance of not only making connections and establishing relationships, but making sure you take care of those who are good to you. The importance of staying on top of industry knowledge comes when chance occasions happen and aspiring professionals bump into someone they recognize from their research. Cecil added that every opportunity in Nashville starts with a relationship, and maintaining past connections plays an important role in that.