A Nashville-native with over a decade of experience in artist and festival PR, Maria Ivey brings a deep knowledge of local, regional, and national media strategies to a wide variety of music-based clients: artists and bands, festivals, events, fundraisers, and books. Her clients and experience stretch the widths of roots music, in the truest sense of the term-- from Americana and singer-songwriter to bluegrass and jam bands, and beyond. “I’m drawn to artists and festivals that hold a true sense of self in their own artistry-- clients who know who they are and have something to say, and it’s always an honor to help tell their story. I’m essentially a storyteller and I don’t take the role lightly,” says Ivey.
Ivey is the co-author of "Music Publicity: A Practical Approach," a textbook to be published by Kendall Hunt in 2019. She is a guest-lecturer at her alma mater, Belmont University, and has moderated and presented on PR panels at AmericanaFest, Folk Alliance International, and IBMA. Ivey is a fan of big picture planning, triple-checked to-do lists, and the Oxford comma. She lives in Nashville with her husband and animals-- a dopey Labrador Retriever (Willie), a wild kitten (Mama Roux), and a handful of chickens.
Hailing from the mountains of North Georgia, Sarah Bennett was raised in Appalachia's bluegrass and folk scene. As a University of Georgia alumni with degrees in both Journalism and Music Business, Bennett moved to Nashville in 2017 to pursue public relations and combine her love for music, community, and culture. Since, she has had the honor of working with handfuls of inspiring artists and has helped plan and run media for festivals and conferences across the country. In the ever-evolving world of media, she believes that in-depth storytelling, attention to detail, and a direct vision for each client are pertinent.
In addition to her work in PR, Bennett is a freelance journalist and has been published online and in-print in a variety of outlets, including Paste, okra., Vinyl Mag, and Ampersand Magazine. She currently resides in Nashville, where she is on the never-ending conquest for the best biscuit, hiking spots, and music around the city.