Backbeat: Vince Gill, Steve Winwood, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean at Artist Growth Launch Party
Backbeat: Vince Gill, Steve Winwood, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean at Artist Growth Launch Party

Nashville's music and entrepreneur worlds met under the vaulted ceilings of the Country Music Hall of Fame lobby on Jan. 17 to celebrate the launch of Artist Growth and be entertained by country legend Cowboy Jack Clement.

Artist Growth has created a suite of cloud-based artist management tools for web and mobile app. Artist Growth does everything from track finances to help artists schedule their daily tasks while on the road. The service costs $4.99 per month. The app is available for iOS and Android.

artist Matt Urmy (CEO Artist Growth), Mike Blanton (CEO, BeEntertainment; Partner, London Broadcasting; Former President/CEO, Gaylord Entertainment) and Jim Aylward (Artist Growth investor) (Photo: Christopher Howard)

Developing artists can benefit from the ability to provide a snapshot of financial performance to prospective record labels, chief executive officer Matt Urmy told Billboard before the event. "The higher up they are the more they want data. So you can (use Artist Growth to) quantify how far you've come." Social media data is a first step but doesn't tell the whole story, adds chief administrative officer Jonathan Sexton. "Artist Growth puts it in context."

Mayor Karl Dean started the event by explaining how Artist Growth fits in his vision for a vibrant, creative city. After the four-person Artist Growth staff walked the audience through the mobile app, country legend Cowboy Jack Clement took the stage for a brief performance.

growth Ray Kennedy (Former Atlantic recording artist; producer), Jayne Rogovin (Publicist, The Jayne Gang) & Matt Urmy (CEO Artist Growth) (Photo: Christopher Howard)

Among those in attendance were Artist Growth's investors, including former chairman of Sony Music Nashville Joe Galante and entrepreneur Mark Montgomery; Jim Zumwalt of Nashville law firm Zumwalt, Almon and Hayes; and artists Vince Gill, Steve Winwood, Buddy Miller and Bill Lloyd.

Cowboy Jack Clement performs at the Artist Growth Launch party on January 17. (Photo: Christopher Howard)

Joe Glaser (Artist Growth investor; Co-Founder and CEO, Moontoast; Owner, Glaser Instruments), Harry Jacobson (Artist Growth investor, Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University), Jonathan Sexton (CAO, Artist Growth), Karl Dean (Mayor of Nashville), Matt Urmy (CEO, Artist Growth), Joe Galante (Artist Growth investor; Former Chair, Sony Music Nashville; Entrepreneur in Residence, Nashville Entrepreneur Center), Mark Montgomery (Artist Growth Investor; Founder, FLO {thinkery}; Entrepreneur in Residence, Claritas Capital) (Photo: Christopher Howard)