Kortney Toney - President
Kortney’s Toney originally hails from Huntsville Alabama, she moved to Nashville after graduating from Lambuth University in 2011. Throughout her career, she has worked and gained experience in the music industry across multiple genres and roles within promotions, public relations, marketing, and corporate partnerships with companies such as UMG, Opry Entertainment Group, and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She has recently been elected as the first African American President of the Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) (previously held prior roles: (Secretary - 2017) (Events & Education Co-Chair - 2016). As President, she is working hard to help grow the organization in new and multiple exciting ways. In addition to that, she is a member of the Recording Academy’s Nashville Chapter, alumni of the 3rd class in the Grammy NEXT program, and now serves on the Equity & Inclusion committee. Furthermore, in a twist of fate in June of 2020, when the music business took a pause for #BlackOutTuesday, she participated in a panel she co-created for African Americans in the Nashville Music Industry where over 1,000 community members tuned in. As a result, Nashville Music Equality was founded and she now serves as the Executive Director, which was just named in the first-ever issue of Billboard as a "Change Agent." Lastly, she joined the Play Like A Girl Young Professionals Board in 2020 as the Events Co-Chair where she helps build awareness for the brand that helps bring young females who are interested in STEM opportunities to grow into their passion.
Baylee Kuss - Vice President
Baylee Kuss will be Vice President of the Women’s Music Business Association in 2021. Baylee is originally from Austin, Texas where she grew up heavily involved in the music scene there. Baylee made the move to Nashville in 2014, and immediately made herself at home by doing internships at TKO Artist Management, Big Loud, and Round Hill Music. She is a proud alum of Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Business along with a minor in Marketing. Currently, she is Copyright Manager at Hipgnosis Songs Group. Her passion for WMBA as a Marketing & Membership Co-chair in 2020, made her want to continue serving as an Officer for the organization, and she’s very excited for the opportunity to be VP for WMBA.
Melanie Boukas - Secretary
Melanie Boukas is a seasoned digital marketing and product professional that's worked for some of the nation's largest entertainment and journalism providers. With a background in media that ranges from print, radio, cable and digital- Melanie's heart has always been in the music/audio space. Originally from Gainesville, FL, Melanie started her career in country radio in Florida and then moved into the cable television world working at Cox Communications, eventually moving to Atlanta to work in their corporate headquarters' media division. From there she joined McClatchy Newspapers' digital marketing agency where she helped to lead product, and then landed in her dream city of Nashville in 2018. She's currently back in her audio element as a Digital Product Manager II at Ramsey Solutions, helping to oversee the organization's digital media products including the Ramsey Network app, and podcasts for nationally syndicated The Dave Ramsey Show among other Ramsey personality programs. Melanie is currently getting her MBA in Marketing and Music Business at Belmont University, and resides in West Nashville with her 3 dogs. When live music is happening she can be found poised at The Listening Room or other writers' rounds in awe of all the unbelievable talent that comes out of this city.
Lizzy Stone - Treasurer
Lizzy Stone is a Senior Staff Accountant at Wiles + Taylor & Co. She hails from Joliet, IL and after growing up watching her dad run sound for local bands, decided she needed to be a part of the action. A month after she turned eighteen, Lizzy moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, majoring in music business. After several internships in everything from marketing to artist management (Vasquez Entertainment, Girlilla Marketing, and ROAR to name a few), she landed in the business management sector of the industry and has been laying her foundation there since January 2018.
In addition to being involved in WMBA for the past year, Lizzy is also a member of SOLID and a MusiCares Ambassador. She was honored to receive WMBA's Rookie of the Year award in 2020 and is excited to see what 2021 brings for both the organization and her own personal growth! When she's not working (and there's not a global pandemic), Lizzy loves going to concerts, traveling, and bartending.
Virginia Brick- Events and Education Co-Chair
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.
Katie Maifeld - Events and Education Co-Chair
Katie moved to Nashville in 2015 after graduating from The University of Georgia with a BBA in Management. She also completed a Certificate in Music Business, where she was top of her class and was awarded the George Fontaine Award for Leadership by Example. While in Georgia, Maifeld hosted local NPR talk show “The Guest List” on WUGA 91.7 FM which received a GABBY Award for the Best-Produced Program in Division A Radio in 2015. When she made her way up to Nashville, Katie worked as a Studio Engineer at Krazy Pop Recording Studio and was the Contracts and Collections Manager for Turnipblood Entertainment. After two years, she redirected herself back towards her love of live audio engineering and management. Maifeld has worked on hundreds of events for clubs, festivals, and corporate conferences. Katie freelances in live event production. She is a lead supervisor, audio engineer, and rigger; primarily working for Convention Production Rigging. She is always looking for new opportunities to challenge herself to grow and learn. Working in the typically male-dominated side of the industry, Katie adores being a part of WMBA where she can connect with brilliant, strong women in the music business. In 2018, Katie was awarded WMBA’s Rookie of the Year. She is currently the Events & Education co-chair and is Co-Director for the Nashville SoundGirls chapter. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, garden, and see live music.
Jackie Ebnet - Membership and Marketing Co-Chair
Jackie Ebnet is a former Commercial Agent at WME and has previously worked on brand partnership campaigns for clients such as 20th Century Fox, Great Clips salons, AMC and more. A Minnesota native wanting to combine her marketing skills and love of music to help artists and songwriters tell their stories in impactful and innovative ways, she moved to Nashville back in 2016. She continues to be inspired by the heart and energy of Music City and is grateful to have found such a supportive group of women within WMBA. As Co-Chair for Membership & Marketing she looks forward to helping WMBA and its current members continue to grow and create change in the industry.
In her freetime you can find her checking out all the local coffee shops, taco places and hiking trails - especially the ones that lead to waterfalls.