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Melissa Flaxman

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PRESIDENT
Virginia Brick

VICE PRESIDENT

Born in Memphis and raised in Oxford, MS, Virginia is a transplant to the Middle Tennessee area for 17 years and counting. Before getting her foot in the door down on music row, she worked for a local businesswoman who owns a small café, catering company, and outdoor events venue. For 10 years, Virginia would gain invaluable experience with the ups and downs of event planning, operations and management experience, sales, and client relations. She eventually combined her two passions for event planning and music with events like New Artist Showcases, Middle Tennessee State University 35th Anniversary Recording Industry Alumni Reunion 2-day event, and Non-profit benefits.  Currently, Virginia works full-time at SESAC Rights Management, LLC where she has become an integral part of the Licensing Department Customer Service Team.  She is currently building her music catalog of emerging artists and rebranding her startup company, VPB Entertainment, specializing in Creative and music licensing services for Television, Film, Gaming and Advertising.

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Dixie Hydrick

SECRETARY

Dixie Lee Hydrick is originally from Gainesville, Florida. She grew up with a huge passion for music, surrounding herself with it as much as possible through piano/voice lessons and musical theater. She came to the Nashville area in 2014 and started attending MTSU with a major in Music Business, minoring in Entertainment Technology. During her time there, she was an active member of CMA EDU, and participated in the college’s Women in Film organization. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in 2017, and has since worked in music publishing, both creatively and administratively. Dixie has worked for such companies as Ten Ten Music Group, Diamond Eye Music, and Curb Records, respectfully. She is very happy to have been with her current company, Me Gusta Music, for two years as Copyright Coordinator, while also working part time at the Grand Ole Opry. She strives to one day own her own entertainment company, with a focus on creative publishing for sync opportunities. Dixie is excited to help others create and maintain invaluable relationships with the ladies of WMBA through encouraging communication and participation, and hopes to be an asset to the organization in her new role. In her spare time, you can find her cuddled up with her red heeler pup watching TV, or attending as many concerts as possible!
Lizzy Stone

Treasurer

A native of the Chicagoland area, Lizzy Stone found her way to Nashville in 2013 and hasn't looked back since. She attended Belmont University, during which time she interned for several companies in the music industry (Vasquez Entertainment, Girlilla Marketing, and ROAR to name a few), as well as studied abroad in Galway, Ireland for a semester. After graduating with her BBA in Music Business in 2017, Lizzy quickly found her footing at Wiles + Taylor & Co., where she helps manage the finances of musical artists across all genres. This is her third year in WMBA and her second year serving as Treasurer. She was honored to be named the organization's Rookie of the Year in 2020 as well as receive the Spirit Award in 2021. In addition to being involved in WMBA, Lizzy is also a member of SOLID and a MusiCares Ambassador. When she's not working (and there's not a global pandemic), she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, and bartending.

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Aura Guadagno

Events & Education
Co-Chair

Aura Guadagno is a New Jersey native who made her way to Tennessee to follow her passion for music.  After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she started working at booking agency, Buddy Lee Attractions.  Her eight years at BLA allowed her the experience  to grow from an agents assistant to eventually secure a role as an agent.  Currently, she is laying her foundation at Nashville based concert promoter Varnell Enterprises where she continues her work in live entertainment. She has been a member of WMBA for one year and is honored to serve as their Events and Education co-chair for 2022!
Aimee Graham
A native of lower NY state, Aimee Graham had the best of both worlds - she grew up in a one stop light country town with the culture of NYC 90 minutes away. She performed in band and chorus, select chorus, NYSSMA All-State, and nearly went to college for Performing Arts (Theatre Focus).

Coming from a large family of humble means, she attended one semester at SUNY Purchase before having to withdraw for financial reasons. Over the following years she enlisted in the United States Navy, waitressed, was a housekeeper, and worked in hotels until she could afford to pay for college. Resuming studies in her early 20’s, she completed an Associate of Science in Business Administration (Dutchess Community College), a Bachelor of Arts in English (SUNY New Paltz), and a Master of Science in Information Studies (University at Albany) all while working full time, caring for her father, and commuting 1 1/2 each way multiple days a week.


 
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She began her professional career as an academic librarian in Florida - while editing for a scholarly publication for tenure, she was approached about writing music reviews and interviews. Eventually that brought her to Nashville in 2014 and allowed her to write for numerous outlets. In 2016 she put down the pen and began working at the Grand Ole Opry in Content &Creative Services, becoming Talent Coordinator for the longest running radio show in history in 2017 until 2021. She has also done work for the Nashville Symphony, Live Nation, and several local festivals.

Recently she became the Public Programs Manager at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, working on programs such as Songwriter Sessions, Musician Spotlights and more.Her third year in WMBA, Aimee was the Alumni Co-Chair and, along with now President Melissa Flaxman and former President Kortney Toney, presented the WMBA mentorship program and Fun Day outing. She is excited to work with the fellow officers to bring insightful, engaging, and memorable events and opportunities to the members of this organization.

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Erin Fligel 

Membership & Marketing Co-Chair

Erin Fligel never imagined working in the music industry until she moved to Nashville 4 years ago, but has quickly discovered her passions for graphic design and marketing. Erin has done everything from selling merch and radio promotions to publicity for legendary and upcoming artists. Now she is the Executive Assistant at the brand new venue, The Mulehouse, in Columbia, TN and a student at Quinnipiac University in their Interactive Media and Communications masters program. Erin hopes to keep developing her skills in graphic design to be able to work with artists on their branding including cover art, tour graphics and merch. When Erin is not working she enjoys going to concerts, hiking and getting lost in a book.

Amy Gellick

Membership & Marketing
Co-Chair

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Amy Gellick moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where she graduated with a BBA in Music Business. While at Belmont, she interned in areas across the board from marketing, management, radio, live events, and publishing in order to learn as much about the industry as possible. Amy started her career at Warner Music Group before moving to her current role at business management firm Wiles + Taylor & Co., where she has spent over five years helping to manage finances for musical acts of all kinds, big and small. In addition to being a member of WMBA for the past two years, she is also an alumna of SOLID. Amy enjoys going to concerts, traveling, and spending time with her husband and her senior rescue dog.
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