ole, the growing independent rights management company, and its successful red dot artist development program, which has led to major-label deals for ole songwriters Josh Dorr and Charlie Worsham, has signed Katia Zuccarelli after she was named the winner of ole's inaugural “on the spot” competition during CCMA Country Music Week. Zuccarelli received glowing critiques from the event's panel of expert judges and winning a deal with red dot worth up to $40,000 that includes music publishing, EP recording production, YouTube audio-visual managementand support from ole's creative staff.
red dot brings together ole's broad infrastructure in support of talented developing artists, providing instant exposure and opportunities in a business where the development process often takes years. “on the spot” is a new addition to this initiative that enhances ole's already formidable cross-border capabilities in Canada and the U.S. In addition to Dorr and Worsham, the program is also developing artists such as Sam Grow, Haley Reinhart, Jordan Davis and more.
"Katia is a promising songwriter and performer, and we at ole are looking forward to developing her to her full potential as part of red dot," said John Ozier, GM of Nashville Creative at ole. "With eight straight CCMA Awards for Music Publishing Company of the Year, ole has the international clout to help developing artists break through on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. red dot is already responsible for building the careers of some of the biggest names in country music, growing their fanbases, providing widespread exposure for their songs, and charting the course to major-label deals. We look forward to continuing that tradition."
“on the spot” was held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at The Dome in Halifax, NS, featuring live performances from eight contestants who were selected. Entrants were required to submit two YouTube videos to the official “on the spot” website for consideration, one in which they performed an original song and another in which they played a cover song from the ole catalog.
In addition, ole and ole current songwriters Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Jordan McIntosh and Lindi Ortega, as well as legacy writers Jeff Coplan and Dean Brody, earned 16 nominations at this year's CCMA Awards. ole itself will compete for its ninth straight Music Publishing Company of the Year Award, which would be the longest streak for any publisher, major or independent. ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott will also receive the 2015 Leonard T. Rambeau International Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary effort in assisting the aims and initiatives of the Canadian country music industry internationally.
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