Mary Ann McCready
Mary Ann McCready is president of the entertainment business management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, whose red-hot roster includes Keith Urban, Kings of Leon, Mac Miller, Pearl Jam, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Hot Chelle Rae. McCready says of the changing business climate, "The money our clients earned hasn't changed dramatically with the decrease of physical album sales; it's decreased, but not dramatically. Money is just coming from a multitude of other places. The touring and merchandising aspects of the business are really healthy. Performance royalties are very high. Licensing is an ever-expanding source of revenue. Synch licenses for film and movies seem to be increasing within our client base. There's a lot of good news." Prior to launching FBMM in 1990, McCready spent 13 years at Columbia Records. One of Nashville's most respected community leaders, McCready is a trustee of the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as co-chairman of the Nashville Music Council, an association she helped create with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. "I love what I do," she says. "My dream was to build the best, most comprehensive, expertise-populated business management firm any artist could imagine having, and I work at that every day. I'm surrounded here by such a rich mix of knowledge."