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Surviving the Music Industry

Sep 18, 2018

Presented by Young Entertainment Professionals ( and recorded at The Tracking Room ( in Nashville, TN. We have our first live show with an inside look at Creative Nation with the founders and early believers Beth and Luke Laird and Barry Dean. Creative Nation is a Nashville-based music company founded by Beth and Luke Laird that publishes and manages the careers of Barry Dean, Kassi Ashton, Lori McKenna, Muscadine Bloodline, Steve Moakler and more. Beth, Luke, and Barry take us on an inside look of the early years of the company, company culture, and what does it look like to work and write for this unique publishing company.

Luke Laird has written 23 #1 singles, is a Grammy-winning producer, an ACM and BMI Songwriter of the Year recipient.  

Beth Laird is a music executive with previous work experience at BMG Music Publishing, Windswept Music Publishing and BMI.  She was listed on Billboard Magazine's "30 Under 30 Power Players to Watch" and named one of Music Row's Rising Women on the Row.

Barry Dean has a Grammy nomination and was awarded NSAI's “Songs I Wish I’d Written” award for Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” which he co-wrote; two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town, “Pontoon” and “Day Drinkin’”; “Think a Little Less,” which hit No. 1 for Michael Ray; Ingrid Michaelson’s Top 40 smash “Girls Chase Boys”; and an ever-growing list of country and pop successes.