Lauren Simon currently works as Manager, Commercial Partnerships at Capitol Christian Music Group. Lauren began her role there after nearly five years at Big Machine Label Group, mostly serving on The Valory Music Company’s radio promotion team. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music Industry Management as well as a certificate in Journalism from Ferris State University. In addition to her record label experience, Lauren’s ability to connect and communicate with people led her to spend the past seven years promoting shows with Immix Music Group in both Nashville & Chattanooga. Lauren has hosted over 75+ events with the Immix team including Papadosio’s 2018 sold-out New Year’s run at City Winery and Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Lauren has been a part of WMBA since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2018 and President in 2019.
Charlene Bryant was formerly a Digital Account Manager for Sony Music Entertainment’s subsidiary, RCA Inspiration. Recently, she ventured out to start her own artist management company. She is passionate about helping artists and her company motto is to treat every client like a VIP. Charlene is a transplant to Nashville by way of Canton, Ohio. During her matriculation at Belmont University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Music Business, she completed internships with all three major labels and landed her first paying gig after college, managing a live music venue. After two years of increased record attendance at the venue, she pivoted and began working at the record label and is now an entrepreneur. As a professional who understands and appreciates the importance of relationships in the music industry, she has been a member of the WMBA since 2015. Only one year in the organization, she was nominated to serve as the Membership & Marketing Co-Chair. After occupying that role for two years, she was elected and honored to serve as Vice President in 2019.
Emily Bukowski moved from Brainerd, MN to attend Belmont University in 2013, where she received her BBA in Music Business. While in school, she interned at Big Machine Label Group in the Licensing and Executive departments, and was eventually offered a position as Assistant of Rights Management and Business Affairs during her senior year. Since then, Emily has worked her way up to her current role as Manager of A&R Administration. Her favorite thing about being Secretary of the Women’s Music Business Association is the camaraderie within the group and the strong community that the organization builds. “I love seeing people in the music business lift each other up. There are so many amazing people in this industry and we can all learn from each other’s wisdom and experience. It’s so fun and rewarding to be part of a group that brings women together to grow personally and professionally.”
Dana Dickie, a transplant to the coastal city of Georgetown, South Carolina by way of Chicago, attended the College of Charleston and graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Arts Management. After graduation, Dana worked for a number of TV and Film projects ranging up and down the coast, including 3 years on the set of the Lifetime show “Army Wives” in both the Accounting and Casting departments. After stints on a movie called “The Bay,” Production Assistant work for “Eastbound & Down,” and countless day-of-show gigs for concerts coming through town, Dana decided it was time to make a change. A catering company that she had worked with locally hired her full-time to tour on the Rascal Flatts’ 2013 summer tour. The country touring world led her to Nashville, where she has lived for almost 6 years. She’s steadily climbed through the ranks of the music business, starting off at BMI as a part-time Business Development Specialist & Business Affairs Analyst, then moving on to a Royalty Coordinator role at Big Machine Label Group. Since October 2017, Dana has been at Warner Music Group in the downtown shared services office where she started as a Senior Analyst for Atlantic Records participation deals. She now heads up her own team as Manager of all WMG merchandise and tour statements deals. Dana has been in the WMBA for three years, and served two of them as an Officer. Last year, she was the Events & Education Co-Chair and, this year, she serves as the Treasurer.
Mary Larimer has spent more than a decade channeling her love of music into a successful career in the Nashville music industry. Moving across the country following her college graduation, Mary secured a position at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she helped execute the annual Hall of Fame induction, the Medallion Ceremony, as well as the multi-artist All for the Hall concerts in New York and Nashville. Following her time at the museum, she worked at Sony/ATV, Paradigm Talent Agency and Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy. Reflecting on her time at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, "I was particularly drawn to the exhibits of Tammy Wynette and Brenda Lee. They were both strong women who were savvy businesswomen as well. I think that is what drew me to WMBA – that sense of women empowering women, sharing experiences, and learning more about the industry. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member and believe deeply in WMBA’s mission. I’m honored to be on the board again this year as the Events and Education Co-Chair and welcome the opportunity to help bring engaging and inspirational speakers to our organization, and empower our wonderful group of women to expand their industry knowledge and connect with their community.”
Mallory Allgood is the Executive Assistant, Creative for Big Machine Label Group and has been involved in the music industry for over 10 years. At the start of her career, she processed songwriter royalties at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Mallory also worked as an entertainment freelancer and in live production for the CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival, CMA Country Christmas, American Idol, and the Dove Awards to name a few. After that, she worked as an entertainment business manager, where she managed accounts for songwriters and producers as well as country and Christian artists. More recently, Mallory worked for Dot Records under Big Machine Label Group in radio promotion, after which she transitioned into her current role.
Kelsey Wise is the Senior Copyright / Creative Coordinator for Big Deal Music Group, manages a few singer/songwriters independently, and has been an active member of the Women’s Music Business Association for going on three years, even acting as Social Media Representative for a period of time. The WMBA was the first organization that Kelsey joined after beginning her career in music publishing. In years past, she was awarded Rookie Of The Year in 2017 and she was given the Extra Mile Award in 2018. This year, she is thrilled to continue building this organization as the Membership and Marketing Chair for 2019. She believes that the WMBA exists to bring women together to face the challenges that they are confronted with in the industry and she is looking forward to continuing that mission.