Meet The Officers

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PRESIDENT

Melissa Flaxman

Melissa Flaxman is Project Manager at integrated marketing agency, Black Box. Before joining Black Box Melissa worked as a day-to-day manager for four and a half years with WORKS Entertainment. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago and studied Music Industry/Communication Studies at Northeastern University where she interned in marketing, live events, ticketing, publicity and more. She was introduced to WMBA through a colleague prior to moving to Nashville from Los Angeles and has had the pleasure of serving as Secretary in 2021 before being elected as the 2022 President. In addition to her involvement in WMBA, Melissa is also a member of SOLID and works to mentor students interested in pursuing a career in the music industry through the various organizations and her own alma mater.

VICE 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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SECRETARY

Dixie Hydrick
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!

TREASURER

Lizzy Stone

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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Events & Education Chair

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 one year and is honored to serve as their Events and Education co-chair for 2022!

Membership & Marketing Chair

Amy Gellick
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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