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Paige Kosinski and Nicole Kasper of Odyssey Entertainment Group

Nicole Kasper and Paige Kosinski have launched Odyssey Entertainment Group to provide musician management services.

Odyssey emphasizes streaming, social media platforms and fanship building, according to a release. The company has a roster of 25 clients including Enola Bedard, Cindy Chen, Rom’Nya Akia, Becca Bastos, The Williams Fam, Brian Esperon, Ana Gum, Crescent Shay, Sarah Hambly and Brittany Ostofe.

Since Odyssey began operations, Kosinski and Kasper (pictured) have partnered with HBO, Netflix, Chipotle, Elf and Instagram, among others.

Collectively, Kasper and Kosinski have worked at Universal Music Group, Live Nation, Clear Channel Radio, Q Prime Management, ASCAP, Creative Artists Agency, Big Machine Label Group, Mini Mac Music, WBA Entertainment, SiriusXM and Warehouse West Entertainment (the latter at which they met three years ago).

Previous clients include Cheap Trick, Jennifer Nettles, Hank Williams Jr., Delta Rae, Alana Springsteen, Maggie Miles, Jordan Brooker, Brennley Brown and Willie Shaw.

Cumberland University to offer free tuition

Cumberland University has announced the start of its Phoenix Promise program, giving qualified Tennessee students an opportunity to earn a four-year degree, tuition free.

Since 2015, Lebanon-based Cumberland’s enrollment has increased by 74 percent, which is largely attributed to the implementation of the Tennessee Promise program. Since the start of the program, Cumberland has enrolled more than 2,000 Tennessee Promise students, and saw a 528 percent increase in Tennessee Promise enrollment from 2015-2020.

To be eligible for the Phoenix Promise, a student must be a rising sophomore or junior, have a valid FAFSA with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 3500 or below, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all college level work at the 24 and 48 credit hour benchmarks, be a Tennessee resident and not be enrolled in a program with already available scholarships, such as nursing students, student athletes or fine-arts performing students.

The Phoenix Promise is available to both current Cumberland students as well as students wishing to transfer from community colleges or other qualified institutions.

Founded 179 years ago, Cumberland University offers more than 60 fully-accredited academic programs in three schools.

Trio of industry vets launches Reliant Talent Agency

Local entertainment industry talent agents Steve Lassiter, Matt McGuire and  Heath Baumhor have launched Reliant Talent Agency, musicrow.com reports.

Based in Nashville, the company brings experience and expertise in booking and live events across multiple genres, including Americana, comedy, country, rock and jazz. Reliant’s roster includes Travis Tritt, Kenny Loggins, Everclear, Rodney Carrington, Phil Vassar, Yacht Rock Revue, Take 6, Average White Band and Sister Hazel, among others.

Additional agents at the company include Chris Burke, Chris Gaulke, Fred Hanson, Jeff Howard, Chris Looney and Frank Wing.

Register of Deeds Office reopens

The Davidson County Register of Deeds Office at Bridgestone Arema has reopened for in-person visits after COVID-19 closure.

According to Karen Johnson, who oversees the office as registrar, masks must be worn in the building. Additionally, visitors will be screened by a digital no-touch temperature scanner, and no one with a temperature in excess of 99 degrees F will be permitted to enter the office.

“We will resume our file-and-wait document service and reopen our public computer and public access area,” Johnson said in the release. “As the percentage of Nashvillians vaccinated has reached the 40 percent mark, we are prepared to welcome customers back in our office. Among our staff, 90 percent have been vaccinated.”

Customers may enter the Bridgestone Arena through the administrative office entrance at the corner of Broadway and Sixth Avenue South, where signage will direct them to the Register of Deeds Office. Parking is available on Broadway near the intersection with Sixth Avenue South.

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