After 37 years in the music industry, Butch Waugh retired at the close of 2009 as Executive Vice President of Sony Music Nashville, where he was responsible for overseeing the Promotion and Marketing departments for the company and its four country imprints: Arista Nashville, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, and RCA Nashville. In the years following his 2001 appointment as the Nashville division's first Executive Vice President, the label group was named Billboard's Top Country Label - reflecting year-end sales and airplay success - for an amazing seven years, including consecutive honors from 2006-2009. Prior to joining Sony Music Nashville, Waugh served as Senior Vice President, RCA Records, and Senior Vice President, Promotion, RCA Records. He began his RCA tenure in 1982, where he worked in a variety of capacities including Vice President, National Promotions, and Southeast and Southwest Regional Director. Previously, Waugh worked in sales at Together Distributing (A&M/Motown Records) and in promotion at A&M Records and Capitol Records.
Ken Robold, General Manager of Universal Music Group Nashville, draws upon years of experience in the music industry to oversee all of the label group's day-to-day activities. Formerly Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for the label group, Robold assumed additional responsibilities for the group's sales, marketing, and new media departments when he was promoted to General Manager in January 2004. Robold remains committed to empowering the artists and utilizing the very best people behind them. Prior to joining Universal Music Nashville, Robold worked in a variety of capacities at Polygram Records, Polygram Group Distribution and most recently, Mercury Records. Robold is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the CMA, ACM, NARAS, and also serves on the board of Avenue Bank. Universal Music Group Nashville, comprised of Mercury, MCA Nashville and Lost Highway Records, is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 77 territories around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog-Universal Music, Universal Music Latino, Universal Republic and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.
Darin Murphy is an Agent in the Music department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Murphy co-heads the Music department in the Nashville office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including The Dixie Chicks, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, and Hunter Hayes.
Darin began his career at the William Morris Agency. He joined CAA in 1998.
Darin graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Business Marketing. He currently serves as the Vice President of the ACM.
After graduating from a leading recording technology program in West Texas, Duane Clark (born and raised in Canadian Texas) moved to Nashville in 1992 with his sights set on working in the recording industry from behind a recording console. It didn't take long before the business side of the industry captivated his interest. He enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he graduated with a major in Recording Industry Management and a minor in Business Administration in 1994. While completing classes before graduation, he became excited about an artist and decided to dive head first into the industry by establishing a management company venture with a close friend. That venture provided an education not available in a classroom in touring, publishing, concert promotion and the recording process. In 1998 Clark joined O'Neil Hagaman and gained exposure to the duties of a business manager and was instantly hooked. After four years Clark joined Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy as an Account Manager and has since been elevated to Business Manager and Vice President and ultimately Owner in 2008. He and his staff provide consultation and logistical support to his clients in areas such as tax accounting, tour planning, merchandise operations, contract negotiations, royalty analysis and personal financial planning. Clark is a member of the CMA, ACM, NARAS, an alumni member of S.O.L.I.D and 2006 Alumni of Leadership Music. He enjoys participating with his firm in charitable and volunteer endeavors including Habitat for Humanity.
Paul Moore started his agency career 32 years ago, joining the William Morris Nashville operation in 1978 as a secretary to the head of the office. Over the decades, he has had the opportunity to help guide countless careers not only in country, but also in Gospel, contemporary Christian and pop music as well. As part of the management team for the WME operation in Nashville, he serves as co-head of operations for the office and also oversees the business of booking concert dates for WME clients of all musical genres at major fairs and festivals across the country. His wife of 29 years, Beth, serves on the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors. They are active community volunteers and the exhausted owners of two West Highland White Terriers.
As Secretary to the Board of Directors, Tiffany works closely with the Chairman of the Board and manages the day-to-day needs of board members. Additionally, she manages all show ticketing needs of members, assists with ACM Lifting Lives and manages the Academy's gift program. Tiffany also serves as EVP, Managing Director at the Academy of Country Music.