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Proper Management Launches New Marketing Division;
Hires Industry Veteran Bryan Ward




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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
June 10, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. (June 10, 2014) - One of Christian Music's leading artist management companies, Proper Management, is expanding their company services by launching a new marketing division. Industry veteran, Bryan Ward has been hired by Proper Management to lead this initiative.

"Launching this marketing division is in direct response to the needs of the marketplace. As our industry is quickly changing, we wanted to adapt our structure," said Proper Management's Mike Jay. "However, Proper Management will always be firmly grounded and committed to our rich history, experience, and passion for artist management and producing quality tours."

"Over the past few years, Proper Management has been approached by multiple clients looking for marketing services outside the scope of traditional artist management responsibilities. At the time we simply didn't have the capacity or internal structure to adequately serve these needs," said Proper Management's Nick Barre. "However, when Bryan Ward was available to work with us, it was quickly apparent that he would be the perfect person to drive this area of growth for our company."

Before joining Proper Management, Bryan Ward served as Vice-President of Marketing at Provident/Sony overseeing Marketing, Radio, Digital Marketing, and Publicity. Prior to Provident, Bryan served 16 years at Capitol Christian Music Group (formerly EMI CMG) in Artist Development, Marketing, Product Marketing, Sales, & Distribution. Over his 20 plus years in the industry, Bryan has built branding and marketing strategies for Hillsong United, Hillsong Live, Mandisa, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, RED, WOW Hits, The Story, Rhett Walker Band, and many others.

"I am very excited to join the Proper Management team and have respected their vision and passion to serve artists and their ministries for years," said Bryan Ward. "It is an honor to build a new marketing division within Proper Management to serve the ever-changing needs of artists, brands, and ministries. The climate in the music business continues to change rapidly, therefore artists and brands need innovative, fast, and creative marketing solutions more than ever before. We look forward to serving the artist community and building winning strategies for brands to connect them to their fans and growing their ministries."

About Proper Management:
Founded in 1983 by Christian Music visionary and pioneer, Norman Miller, Proper Management has become a leading force within the Christian Music industry. Miller sold Proper Management in 2012 to his long time coworkers, Mike Jay and Nick Barre. Proper Management's current roster includes, Among The Thirsty, Anthem Lights, Beth Hazel Farris, Casting Crowns, City Harbor, Sidewalk Prophets, Selah, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, The Afters, The Story Tour, Twila Paris and VeggieTales Live. For more information, visit www.ProperManagement.net.

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