Ax falls on Curb Records

Friday, October 31, 2003 at 12:00am

Posted: October 31, 6:40 p.m. CST
At least six employees of Curb Records have lost their jobs, the result of restructuring and downsizing that rocked the Nashville offices Thursday and Friday.

Curb Records spokeswoman Liz Cavanaugh confirmed Friday that the company is restructuring, but would not comment on details, including how many people were displaced, their positions or their names.

�There really is no formal announcement. We are in the process of restructuring,� Cavanaugh said. �Out of courtesy to the displaced people, they should be able to make their own announcements about what they want to do in the future.�

The cutbacks reportedly affected people in a variety of positions, including long-time creative staff members such as Sue Austin, vice president of creative services, and Michelle Metzger, director of artist and repertoire.

Others reportedly laid off included Debbie Loring, coordinator of sales and marketing, Janine Thompson in accounting, Tommy Chaltas, West Coast regional promotion manager, and Bill Fisher, a receptionist.

Curb Records, founded by Nashville business mogul Mike Curb, is one of the larger independent labels in Nashville, having an artist roster that includes Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd and others.

The company employed about 25 people as of April.

Curb has been involved in the music business for more than 30 years as a songwriter and producer. Besides owning Curb Records, he also serves as chairman of World Entertainment and as executive vice president of the Country Music Foundation.

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