Veteran Dottore to head operation.

Nashville-based Universal South Entertainment, the parent company of Universal South Records, has formed the artist management division Universal South Artists (USA). Veteran manager Marc Dottore comes aboard to head the new division.

Making the transition with Dottore are clients Jessi Alexander and Kathy Mattea and staffers Brandon Maudlin and Dorian Stinson. Also newly signed to USA are Marty Stuart and Shooter Jennings.

Universal South senior partners Tony Brown and Tim DuBois will also be involved with the management division, as will label senior staffers Van Fletcher, Susan Levy, and Michael Powers on a "think tank" basis, according to a company spokesperson. The management arm is being offered as an option for artists on Universal South and other labels. Of the four initial clients, only Jennings is on the Universal South roster.

While plenty of management firms have formed small labels over the years, Universal South is the first Nashville label to form a management arm. USA was launched with the intention of helping the company earn revenues beyond record sales. The management division will share in its clients profits from such streams as touring, merchandise, endorsements and publishing.

Universal South launched in 2002 as a joint venture between New York-based Universal Records and senior partners Brown and DuBois in Nashville. The label's roster includes Joe Nichols, Lee Roy Parnell, George Canyon, Katrina Elam, Jennings and Holly Williams.

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