Matt Casey decided to create North East of Nashville (NEON) Music Management because of his passion for music and songwriting, as well as his expertise in business and event planning. Matt is a Boston native who has been traveling to Nashville regularly since 2010. Matt grew up listening to more Bruce Springsteen than Merle Haggard, but he quickly fell in love with country music. The Nashville co-writing process has enabled him to be a part of the songwriting community as a lyricist. Matt was named “One To Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in 2011 and founded New England To Nashville (NETN), a group that has grown to 800 songwriters with New England roots who travel to or now reside in Twang Town. He is also founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival that has featured hit writers Steve Seskin, Jim McCormick, Will Robinson, Brian Maher, Danny Myrick, Lance Carpenter Jason Blume, Marty Dodson, and Clay Mills. Matt was a finalist in the 2013 “Songs that Save” contest benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for a song he co-wrote with Maureen Fichten called, “In The Middle of Nowhere”. Also in 2013, Matt won the CMT/NSAI Song of the year, “Plain White Tee” that he co-wrote with David Wagner and Keith Dozier. Soon after Matt joined forces with Keith and Allen Shervelle in launching North East Of Nashville (NEON)Publishing. Matt is also the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Campuscareercenter.com, Inc. Matt is the former Vice President of Marketing & Sales at School Sports Communications Network, LLC, a Boston-based startup publishing company. As a founding member, Matt was responsible for building and transforming this local ‘brick and mortar’ start-up into a successful, nationally recognized Internet business. Through his tenure, he developed an expertise in event marketing, sales development and distribution. Matt graduated from the University of Rochester in 1991.
Amanda Morneault is the owner and founder of The Harbor Agency, Portsmouth, NH, specializing in Booking, Event Production, and Co-Founder of the New England Country Music Festival. While Amanda works as an agent for artists, a talent buyer for venues, she is most known for her recent successes in production management. Amanda’s love for music began as a young child sitting on her fathers lap in the drivers seat of a tour bus. Morneault grew up in a household full of musicians that included professional drummers and a mother with a beautiful voice. She often jokes that the reason she works behind the scenes is due to her lack of musical talents.In 2011 Amanda joined her families business, New England Mobile Audio, where she took on the role as director of sales and booking. This gave her an opportunity to build strong relationships with other industry professionals. She continues to work side by side NEMA. Amanda has surrounded The Harbor Agency with a strong team of go-to pros from audio to ticketing and promotional companies which enables her to provide a full service agency to artists and venues. Morneault’s career gained momentum in 2014. She begun working with National Touring Artists like The Cadillac Three. She was bringing quality entertainment to seacoast New Hampshire to multiple venues – as highlighted by contributing entertainment writer for The Hippo, Michael Whitthaus. In 2015 Morneault partnered with Chris Whynock of New England Country Music to produce a full production country music festival at the Redhook Brewery inPortsmouth, NH, which has turned into a successful annual event. Amanda prides herself on her likability with her peers and her love for each artists accomplishments. “If I can help an artist to succeed in any way, then it is worth all of my time and effort. Working with these dedicated individuals is a gift and the reason I love my job so much.”When Amanda isn’t working with artists you can find her spending time with her children in the back woods of Maine or on a paddle board off the beaches of New Hampshire.
Chris Whynock has always been fascinated by the music industry ever since he was a child. He just lacked the musical talent necessary for an actual career in the industry. Growing up playing sports and different activities, he was exposed to a variety of genres. But it wasn’t until college when he first listened to an entire Kenny Chesney record and fell in love with the country genre. Ever since, country music has been the primary genre coming out of Chris’ headphones and speakers. A few years after graduating college, Chris was browsing on social media when he noticed something was missing. There were so many great country concerts and events in New England but there was not one company or organization that was focused on just that. So Chris took it on himself to do just that and New England Country Music (NECM) was born. In just a few years, Whynock and his team behind NECM have built the region’s most followed country music media outlet outside of country radio and had a whopping digital reach of over 10,000,000 in 2015. The company has been labeled “the authority of country music” by New England to Nashville founder, Matt Casey, due to NECM’s huge social media presence. New England Country Music has built a number of connections with radio stations throughout New England as well as record labels, management companies, and public relations firms in Nashville. New England Country Music has worked with hundreds of artists such as Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Billy Currington and many more. While much of NECM’s content revolves around national acts, New England Country Music also prides itself on working with the great local talent from the region and has supported multiple events featuring that local talent including the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival and other New England to Nashville events and benefits. In 2015, New England Country Music teamed up with The Harbor Agency to form a separate entity, NECM Harbor Productions, and together they brought a full-day country music festival to Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Redhook Brewery in July of 2015. The festival featured both local and regional acts but also nationally touring acts such as Kellie Pickler, Charles Esten from ABC’s Nashville, Leah Turner and Native Run. The festival appears to be a staple in the country music scene in the region for years to come.
Keith Dozier is co-founder and staff writer for North East Of Nashville (NEON) Publishing, a sister company to North East Of Nashville (NEON) Music Management. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Keith moved to Nashville in 2008 to pursue his songwriting career and show his two boys that you can make dreams come true, you just gotta run ‘em down. Since making the move, Keith has had continued success as a songwriter. In addition to creating strong relationships with many different publishers, artists, and labels on Music Row with his songs, Keith also won the 2013 NSAI/CMT Song Contest in 2013 with his song “Plain White Tee”, a song he co-wrote with fellow North East Of Nashville (NEON) Music Management guru Matt Casey and David Wagner. Keith’s songs have been recorded by several independent Nashville artists, as well as North East Of Nashville (NEON) Music Management artists such as Tom Dixon and Alec McGillivray. Keith will be utilizing his Nashville connections to help songwriters/artists from New England build relationships and book shows in and around the Nashville area.
In Nashville, Justin Zolot is known to many as “Mr. Boston.” As President and Founder of the Nashville Patriots Fan Club, Justin and his team of officers have created a community of over 1,600 New England transplants now living in Middle Tennessee. From planning local brewery happy hours and coordinating community volunteer projects to hosting game watch parties and Patriots player meet-and-greets, Justin’s passion for combining Boston sports, culture, and community has fueled his success in creating a network for New Englanders now living in Music City. In 2015, Justin met NEON’s President Matt Casey at a Sunday afternoon game party, and after soon realizing their respective organizations were two in the same, they quickly began cross-marketing their events to build social media presence and general visibility among those living in New England and Nashville.
After graduating from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 2012, Justin moved to Nashville to serve as a leadership consultant for Chi Psi Fraternity’s national headquarters. His love for country music and Saturday college football tailgates made the decision to move south an easy one. Over the next two years, Justin traveled the entire country visiting college and university campuses to work with the undergraduate leadership of each active Chi Psi chapter. While viewing each chapter as a small business, Justin’s consultation visits focused on areas of organizational development, professional development, and brand marketing. It is here that Justin recognized his unique ability to connect with people of all different backgrounds and build social organizations through brand marketing and stakeholder management. Now the Southeast Regional Sales Director for The Watkins Printing Company, Justin assists college and university alumni associations to improve their print and digital communications.
As Director of Marketing for NEON Music Management, Justin’s primary roles are to establish digital marketing goals to enhance artists’ visibility and coordinate with venues, college campus professionals, and corporate partners to plan and execute song-writers nights, fundraisers, and networking events.