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Alumni Nominated for 2018 Innovation in Music Awards

Two Belmont alumni, John Zarling (’01, music business) and Cindy Mabe (’95, music business), have been nominated for the 2018 Innovation in Music Awards (IMA), which recognize music industry professionals and companies who are innovating and distinguishing themselves in music creation, music discovery and development of innovative music marketing strategies. Zarling is currently executive vice president of marketing and new business for Sony Music Nashville, while Mabe is president of Universal Music Group Nashville.

“Challenges in the music industry call for creative strategies and risk-taking at the highest levels to be successful and shape the future of the business,” said Pete O’Heeron, chairman of the Innovation in Music Awards. “These nominees represent that progressive mindset.”

A committee of music professionals determines the honorees. Both Belmont grads were nominated in the Innovation in Music, Executive Award, “for the executive who has shown exemplary fortitude and/or marketing savvy in bringing a new artist or artists to the market and has demonstrated unique ideas and/or programs which pioneer new music and empower the creators.”

Event Director and Associate Producer of the Innovation Awards, Marie Wapelhorst, is also a Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business alumna as well.


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