Sony BMG is shuttering its Epic Records Nashville imprint and laying off approximately 20 employees. They are believed to include newly-promoted Epic VP of national promotion Tom Moran and former Sony

Sony BMG is shuttering its Epic Records Nashville imprint and laying off approximately 20 employees. They are believed to include newly-promoted Epic VP of national promotion Tom Moran and former Sony Music Nashville VP of marketing, artist development and creative services Deb Haus, an 18-year company veteran.

The label group will now operate four country imprints: Arista Nashville, BNA, Columbia and RCA. Also, Christian music powerhouse Provident Music Group continues to operate under the Sony BMG Nashville umbrella.

The operations of Epic and Columbia will be combined. Label CEO Joe Galante said in a memo to employees that future releases from "relevant artists" will bear the Columbia Nashville imprint.

In the A&R department, senior VP Renee Bell will oversee those efforts for Arista, BNA and RCA. Mark Wright will serve as executive VP of A&R for Columbia.

On the promotion side, Columbia senior VP of promotion Larry Pareigis will continue to oversee that label's promotion department, although his title changes to VP. Other promotion department heads -- Arista's Skip Bishop, BNA's Tom Baldrica and RCA's Mike Wilson -- are also safe.

The company’s entire four-label country roster is currently under review, with cuts expected to be made by June 30.

The Epic roster included Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Jace Everett, Susan Haynes and Jon Randall. Some will be shifted to Columbia.

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