The Vinyl Frontier: What’s Happening in the Entertainment Business

Nashville, TN

Aug 10 2021 | 2:15PM



The Vinyl Frontier: What’s Happening in the Entertainment Business

Aug 10 2021 | 2:15PM

In recognition of Vinyl Record Week, our Entertainment Business faculty are joining together for a panel and Q&A to discuss modern entertainment business principles and the re-emergence of vinyl in the music industry.

Anthony Corder, Jim Metts, Stephen McCord, and Erin Pennington will discuss the role the vinyl format has been playing for artists in recent years, in addition to new and emerging trends in the industry. They’ll also answer questions from event attendees about the industry and our Entertainment Business program!   

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Panelist Bios: 

Anthony Corder, Entertainment Business Program Chair

Anthony is an educator, entertainment industry executive and Frontiers Srl recording artist.

His family’s love and passion for music inspired him to move into the music industry as an artist on A&M Records. He has recorded three albums and toured with A&M Records for six years. As he continued to pursue his creative ambitions, he pursued the academic side with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in the entertainment industry. After graduating with top honors, he was selected among ten people worldwide to participate with Sony Music (RCA Label Group and Provident Label Group) in Nashville in an Executive Training Program.

Anthony then transitioned into the publishing arena where he continued to focus on community relationships. He has had various roles with Murrah Music Group, Grand and Gee Music, Dan Hodges Music and Anchor Down Entertainment. While being Executive Director of New Canvas Entertainment, Anthony was the label contact for day-to-day operations/project management overseeing a team of PR, Radio, Digital Media and Touring. 

Stephen McCord, Entertainment Business Instructor

Stephen is a marketing professional devoted to developing award-winning campaigns in the music industry. To date, he’s been associated with major recording label projects that have generated over 200 million album sales. In addition, he was artist manager for film actor/recording artist Waylon Payne and 2014 Grammy winner Rodney Crowell.

In 2013, McCord designed SAE Institute’s first-ever entertainment business program and served as its inaugural program chair. In 2017, he created B Presents, LLC., a live-event consultant agency, with an emphasis on utilizing sustainable energy to power music festivals and temporary events. Festival clients include (among others) Burning Man, Bonnaroo, and Get Off The Grid. As a partner with the non-profit Footprint Project, McCord deploys clean energy systems for disaster recovery missions across the globe.

He is a three-time winner of Music Row magazine’s “Marketing Achievement” award, two-time winner of Universal Music Group’s “Idea of the Year,” earned three Gold “Remington” Awards as a film documentary producer, and was married by soul legend, the great Reverend Al Green. 

Erin Pennington, Entertainment Business Instructor 

He is also the owner of XPLR, a local production company as well as a video editor, live broadcast director, and local podcast host.

Erin is the host of many creative meet-ups, is the producer for the YouTube channel, XPLR.NASH, and the producer and co-host of the podcast, Nashville Daily.

Jim Metts, Entertainment Business Instructor

Jim is a 30-year music industry veteran having worked in music publishing, record label A&R, audio engineering/producing and artist management.

Companies range from startup to majors including Famous Music (Paramount Pictures), Curb Records, Malaco Records, Starstruck Entertainment (Reba McEntire).

Originally from Mississippi, Jim moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University’s Music Industry program with a focus on Audio Engineering.

Some of his highlights include SESAC Music Publisher of the Year while at Malaco Music and IBMA Best Graphic Design (as part of design team) for the album artwork on Carl Jackson’s “Grace Notes”, a project he also engineered and produced.