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Executive Turntable: Fusion Entertainment Company Launches in Nashville; Moves at Capitol, Concord & More

Nashville veterans Chuck Rhodes, Mike Meade, Amy Aylward and Wayne Halper, along with Bob Frank, Ted Ellis, Tom Cross and Chuck McDowell III, have launched Fusion Entertainment Company, it was announced Wednesday (Feb. 12). Fusion will operate as a booking agency while also offering management and label services to select clients. Other staffers at the new company include agents Tayler Bock and Joan Saltel.

As part of the new venture, Meade and Aylward’s booking agency Acceleration Music Group (AMG) — which they formed in 2018 — has effectively merged with Fusion, which had already been in the works.

“We had an incredible year with AMG in 2019 and are looking forward to the future with this new venture, Fusion Entertainment Company,” said Meade in a statement. “Our long history with this team in other facets of the industry and the relationships we all share with our clients and friends will prove to be the perfect merger.”

The initial artist roster for Fusion’s booking division includes Darryl Worley, Ty Herndon, John Schneider, Michelle Wright, Danielle Peck, Smith Wesley, Billy Gilman, Brody Ray, Trent Tomlinson, Keith Anderson and Jason Michael Carroll, with additional artists to be announced soon. The management division launches with guitarist Denny Jiosa.

Frank, the founder and CEO of Bob Frank Entertainment (BFE), is Fusion’s co-founder and chairman, while Rhodes will serve as executive vp and general manager and will oversee day-to-day operations along with vps/agents Meade and Aylward. Halper will head up legal affairs and business development.

“Chuck Rhodes and I have been discussing this opportunity for a long time now,” added Frank. “We work with so many artists who we feel are underserved in this space. Fusion will now super-serve these same artists, and we are thrilled to be able to put together such an experienced team.”



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