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.