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Meet The Officers

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PRESIDENT

Virginia P. Brick

Originally from Oxford, MS and a resident of Murfreesboro, TN for nineteen years, Virginia P. Brick has two superpowers: cultivating relationships and exhibiting the highest standards in customer service. She brings valuable wisdom and experience earned from 18+ years in event planning and operations management . Virginia is knowledgeable in Public Performance Licensing, administration of music publishing rights and metadata management..

 

 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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VICE PRESIDENT

Aura Guadagno

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 two years and was honored to also serve as the Events and Education co-chair for 2022!

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SECRETARY

Alyssa Hoffman

Four years ago, the New Jersey native quit her Fortune 500 job, sold her possessions, and moved onto a tour bus to manage the band, WAYLAND. She worked as a Public Relations and & Social Media Director for New Ocean Media remotely who serviced clients including Capital Records, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Studios, and Warner Music Groups from her bunk while on the road. After serving in Los Angeles, she moved to Nashville, where she worked again as a Publicity Account Executive at PLA Media which afforded her the ability to tell stories and create connections for other artists to support her management of the band. The first place she stopped in Nashville was WMBA where she became a member and met some of her best friends and closest industry connections. It was there she was able to tell her story and also listen to the stories of others. Writing and music have always been Alyssa’s passions, and serving is what she is called to do, hence the name of her artist development company, “The Service.” “Serving as secretary for the organization that has honestly given me everything since moving here feels like the next best part of my story that hasn’t happened yet. It’s my honor and privilege to serve.” 

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TREASURER

Taylor Baird

Taylor Baird is from Ringgold, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Management and a certificate in Music Business. While in Athens at UGA, she interned at New West Records and co-owned a short lived, but successful booking and promotions company named Aria Promotions. In 2017, she moved to Nashville with her now-fiancé, Brian, and her two cats, Baloo and Bagheera, with no money and a dream to work in the music industry. Shortly after moving, she started at Farris, Self, and Moore as a member of the office administration team and worked my way up to Client Manager. In December of 2021, she moved over to Wiles + Taylor & Co. to continue her journey working in business management. She has helped manage finances for hit songwriters, national touring artists, Grammy winners, record label owners, and self-help gurus. In her free time, you may see her seeing shows at Ascend, playing board games with friends, or watching embarrassing reality TV while snuggling her cats. “I love being a part of WMBA and fostering a community of support between women in the industry. I want to be a part of empowering other women to feel strong and re-defining gender roles in the predominantly male-driven world of the Nashville music scene.” 

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Events & Education Co-Chair

Megan clemens
Hailing from Chicago and arriving to Nashville in 2015, Megan got her start as a freelance journalist before landing at a music marketing agency. There, she ran point for numerous clients at a time, ranging from stadium acts, to up-and-coming singer-songwriters. Her claim to fame? The viral Dolly Parton meme challenge. With a newfound love for building music communities online, Megan dove into the start-up world as Head of Marketing at two music community and streaming apps, where she cut her teeth in the tech space. Megan’s background in artist and app marketing has given her a birds-eye view of the industry, landing her in her current role as Marketing Manager at CSM Management where she oversees digital marketing for the entire roster. Living and working in Nashville has taught her that community is everything. Whether it’s coming together to support one another in music business, or supporting our surrounding communities, she’s passionate about bringing like-minded people together for support and empowerment in all areas of life. 
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Events & Education Co-Chair

libby gardner
Born in Indiana and raised in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, Libby attended Syracuse University where she received a bachelor's degree in Television, Radio, and Film. During her time at Syracuse, Libby interned at the Academy of Country Music in the creative department and following her graduation in 2018, she moved to Los Angeles and continued working for the ACM as a freelance field producer. In LA, Libby also worked as a production assistant on numerous television shows, ranging from an Investigation Discovery true crime series to the talk show, The Doctors. Joining the ACM full-time in 2019, Libby now serves as Manager, Content & Editorial and followed the organization’s move to Nashville in 2021. In her current role, Libby oversees the day-to-day management of the Academy's digital properties including its websites, social media channels, and email communications, as well as the print creative content distributed by the ACM. Libby also serves as the editor of ACM Tempo, the organization's quarterly membership magazine, the script writer for the annual ACM Honors show, and acts as a field producer for the Academy's in-house video production and onsite during the annual ACM Awards. From music to television to film, Libby is an entertainment enthusiast and loves that her career brings together her passions for storytelling and music. 
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Marketing & Membership Co-Chair

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Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Mackenzie grew up surrounded by the music business. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from The University of Tennessee in 2020, it was natural for Mackenzie to go back home to Nashville and start working in the music industry. She started as an intern at Rhonda & Company after graduation, and she is still with the company to this day. At Rhonda & Company, Mackenzie is the Public Relations Manager and Social Media Content Director. She also does Day-to-Day Management for their developing artists as well as traveling with their artists on their various out of town shows. 
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Membership & Marketing Co-Chair

Aya Robinson
Aya Robinson is from the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i and graduated in 2017 from Menlo College in Atherton, CA with a degree in Marketing. She spent her first year out of school working in Silicon Valley for Ultimate Ears before moving to Nashville in 2018 to pursue her dream of working in the music industry. In her short time out of school she has worked for a variety of music companies, including Ultimate Ears Pro, Broadcast Music Inc., and is currently employed as the Web Content Coordinator at Opry Entertainment Group. She is a community oriented person who greatly values the mission of the WMBA and has been a member since 2019. 
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