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Belmont’s Curb College Partners with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to Connect Students with Industry Professionals

As part of its continued effort to connect students with industry professionals, The Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University will once again partner with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for the “All Access” program. This opportunity gives students a pathway to share their talent and work with the world’s leading music publisher, while providing the Sony/ATV team the opportunity to discover potential talent at Belmont. The first year of the program led to the signing of Belmont songwriting major Maddie Larkin and in 2015, songwriting major Jake Rogers signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing SVP of Nashville A&R Josh Van Valkenburg said, “Sony/ATV is incredibly proud to continue this partnership with Belmont. We have signed a student from each of the last two years, and we are always impressed with the level of talent put forth by the student body. Belmont continues to be an innovative educational leader by developing opportunities like All Access, and we feel confident we will receive even more impressive submissions from Belmont students this year.”

Through the program, students will have the opportunity to have two songs reviewed by the Sony/ATV Music Publishing Creative Team who will then select a limited number of students to perform live for the team at a showcase held during the semester. After the live performances, the SONY/ATV team may continue to develop their relationships with certain students beyond the All Access program.

James I. Elliott, chair of songwriting in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their music heard by Troy Tomlinson, Josh Van Valkenburg and the SonyATV Creative Team. We look forward to the process and have high hopes that Sony ATV Music Publishing will discover some future hit makers at Belmont.”

In 1971, Belmont University created a Music Business program designed to prepare young men and women for operational, administrative, creative and technical careers in the music industry.  The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business was established in 2003 to provide educational programs of study for future entertainment industry professionals.  Belmont’s Curb College offers three academic degrees and four areas of study in Music Business (B.B.A.), Audio Engineering Technology (B.A. or B.S.), Entertainment Industry Studies (B.A. or B.S.) and Songwriting (B.A. or B.S.).  The college boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers and sound and recording engineers.  A world leader in music business and entertainment industry education, and the only freestanding college of its kind accredited for both business (AACSB) and technology (ABET), the Curb College has been featured in Billboard, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and Business Week.


Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV owns or administers around 3 million copyrights including those from such iconic music catalogs like Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony/ATV also controls many of the best known songs ever written like “New York, New York,” “Hallelujah,”  “All You Need Is Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Moon River,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “The Mission Impossible Theme,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Stand By Me,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, The Supremes, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others.  Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Akon, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, P!nk, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stargate, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

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