Profits & Profiles briefs

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 1:00am

Rimes to entertain at radio seminar

Curb recording artist LeAnn Rimes is scheduled to perform at a new luncheon event being added to the Country Radio Seminar next March.

The Curb/Asylum Records-sponsored lunch will take place between the two artist radio taping sessions scheduled for March 2.

The annual seminar typically runs Wednesday through Friday. R.J. Curtis, president of Country Radio Broadcasters, said the luncheon was added this year because attendees have started arriving on Tuesday to attend the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner.

"We noticed that people were arriving early for the separate ticket dinner event last year. This year, CRB really wanted to accommodate those early attendees by offering a lunch the following day with a great entertainment," Curtis said.

The seminar happens March 2-4 at the Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St. Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are $75 per person. Seminar registration and hotel information may be obtained by contacting CRB at 327-4487 or by visiting

Paul Lohr opens new artist agency

Paul Lohr, head of The Agency Group's recently closed Nashville office, has opened New Frontier Touring, which he will operate from an office at 1921 Broadway.

"It's business as usual, only with a different view of Nashville out my west window, and different contact information," he said.

Lohr said he will still focus on country, Americana and bluegrass artists, but has scaled down the roster for the time being.

He represents clients such as Riders In The Sky, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Hot Club of Cowtown, John McEuen, The Gibson Brothers, Wildfire, Mandy Barnett, The Vinyl Kings, Jennifer Hicks and The Avett Brothers.

For more information, call 321-6152.

Jack Daniel's gets new partnership

The Jack Daniel's Distillery has entered into a partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the primary sponsor of the No. 07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with veteran driver Dave Blaney and crew chief Philippe Lopez.

The No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet will make its debut Feb., 20 at Daytona International Speedway.

"We are thrilled to be making this announcement and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with RCR," said Mike Keyes, senior vice president of Brown-Forman Beverages and global general manger for Jack Daniel's. "Richard Childress is a legend in NASCAR racing and we believe that this is the beginning of an excellent partnership."

Keyes applauded NASCAR's decision to allow distilled spirits sponsorships next year in the NEXTEL Cup.

"We will be promoting our key message, 'Pace Yourself, Drink Responsibly' on a recurring basis and, like everything we do, our marketing will be directed to adult audiences of legal drinking age," Keyes said.

In 2005, RCR will continue to field three teams in NASCAR's top division with Blaney wheeling the No. 07 Jack Daniel's entry, Kevin Harvick driving the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and Jeff Burton moving to the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo.

Gospel Group produces new talent contest

The Gospel Music Association will host the GMA Academy Regional Talent Competition and Seminar in Nashville Feb. 11-12 on the Belmont University campus.

Word Records' Christian pop artist Mark Shultz and INO Records' urban gospel artist Anthony Evans will serve as artists in residence for the GMA Academy regional event.

"The GMA Academy is the perfect training camp for aspiring and independent artists and songwriters," said John W. Styll, president of the GMA. "Whether seeking a record deal or an independent ministry, the GMA Academy provides an effective roadmap for career and ministry success and offers priceless exposure to the key A&R, record label and publishing executives in gospel music."

The Academy offers two days of intensive training for songwriters and performers. Speakers include Dove and Grammy-winning producer Brown Bannister, Franklin's Christ Community Senior Pastor Scotty Smith and performance coach Tom Jackson.

Classes and song critique sessions will be specifically targeted to the contemporary Christian, urban gospel and Southern gospel music genres.

Brentwood company introduces calculator

Gros Plastics Recruiters, an executive recruiting firm in Brentwood that specializes in the plastics and packaging industry, has released an online salary calculator especially designed for the plastics and packaging industry.

Gros Plastics Recruiters recently conducted its first salary survey to obtain comprehensive trend information about compensation, benefits, and job security and satisfaction for the plastics and packaging industry. The survey will be repeated annually.

"After several years working with plastics and packaging professionals, I felt it was important to create a tool that helps managers in the plastics and packaging industry to identify trends about salaries, bonus compensation, health-care coverage, job security and job satisfaction," said company president Dennis Gros. "This survey is the first of many that will help these managers to reliably benchmark their salary and benefit information needs on an ongoing basis."

Salary results for a specific job title can by obtained by visiting the Gros Plastics Recruiters Salary Calculator on their website:

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