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NARIP Appoints Blackwell & Beck to Houston Board

NARIP is pleased to announce the appointment of Ami Blackwell and W.J. “Dubbs” Beck to the Board of its Houston chapter.  Blackwell and Beck join NARIP Houston Executive Director Heidi Massin and board members Kory Lavine, Anita Long, Michael Mikulka, Lisa Schneider and Jane Vandiver.

“We are pleased to appoint Ami Blackwell and Dubbs Beck to NARIP’s Houston Board and are excited to take our Houston chapter to a new level with their help,” says NARIP president Tess Taylor.  Since launching in Houston in August 2009, NARIP has established a strong and growing presence there.

“Ami and Dubbs are unanimously welcomed by NARIP Houston’s board and acknowledged as industry experts with strong ties to the local music business community and organizations in Houston.  They both epitomize the modern music executive who wants to learn and improve in every way, and who is the core of NARIP membership.  Both are smart, hard-working and dedicated, and have already contributed to growth and promotion of NARIP in this region. We are delighted to have them both on board!”

TOMORROW: Meet Blackwell and Beck Nov 5 @ NARIP’s Next Houston Event

Meet Ms. Blackwell and Mr. Beck at NARIP’s presentation of Amplify Your Career: Get Connected with the Texas GRAMMYs (panel discussion) TOMORROW Thu, Nov 5 at Houston Community College at 7:00 p.m.  in Houston.  Click here for more details and to register NOW.

About Ami Blackwell

Ami Blackwell founded PR agency SpinDrift Media & Entertainment in 2001 by writing bios and marketing materials to help promote local musicians, authors, organizations and hospitality clients in the Houston/Gulf Coast area. Blackwell holds a BA in Communication from University of Houston Clear Lake and earned an MBA in Media Management at Metropolitan College of New York. As a publicist in Nashville, TN, she was employed and mentored by Kathi Atwood of Music City News Media. During her tenure there, she assisted in providing publicity services for country music clients such as Chris Cagle, Chely Wright, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, John McEuen, Eddie Money, Rhonda Towns and Eric Durrance. Upon her return to Houston she assisted in the launch of A-Blake Records and managed the publicity efforts of artists PALE and Texas Country artist Jason Cassidy who achieved two #1 hits on the Texas Regional Chart and a #1 video on CMT Pure. Current SDME clients include Americana artists Grady Skelton and Parker McCollum of Hendrix Music Agency, Grace & Tony of Rock Ridge Records, Heidi Massin of 1.1 Digital Recordings, Cody Joe Tillman & The Wicked Truth, Breelan Angel, Sibling Rivalry, Hamilton Loomis, Grant Harrison, Red Box Harbor, Seraph and Backseat Molly. Previous entertainment projects include booking a satellite radio tour for Oliver North, who was debuting his first novel “Mission Comprised,” promoting the novel “Proof of Atlantis: Records from The Past” by Houston author Charles Harris and leading the publicity efforts of the “Rhinestone Rembrandt” Manuel Cuevas of Manuel American Designs as he launched his New Vision product line. Blackwell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Americana Music Association. During her spare time, Blackwell travels and spends time with family that includes her 18-year-old nephew Damon and her nearly 3-year-old goddaughter, Scarlett. She also enjoys reading, movies, community theater performances and discovering new and local restaurants with great desserts.

About W.J. “Dubbs” Beck

Mr. Beck is a personal artist manager for singer / songwriter and recording artist Michelle Buzz and Ms. Buzz’ entity GoldStreet Records.  He specializes in development, booking and connecting artists to industry professionals, consulting them on professional and personal growth.  He has been involved with large and small local music festivals, mixing and sound stage managing.  Mr. Beck supervises marketing and talent acquisition for Lucky Run Studio in Richmond / Houston Texas.  He is also a member of music business organizations such as the Texas Chapter of the Grammys.  He lives in The Woodlands, Texas.

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