MEET THE TEAM

Given Music Publishing, a division of Given Entertainment, LLC, is an independent music publishing, artist development and artist management company based in Nashville, TN. It was formed in late 2013 by music industry veteran Cindy Owen and business partner Jim Kacmarcik.

Song:  Heart of the Matter – Don Henley (so many)

Album:  Cry Like A Rainstorm - Linda Rondstadt 

Happy Place: Destin 

Past time: Cookouts with people over, music, movies and hiking.

I have never been: Bored

Best advice to young people:  Be kind. Be fair. Behave. Surround yourself with good people. Understand fully that you have a purpose.

Dream Date: Deacon Claybourne

Most prized gift:  Relationships!

Favorite saying: “If you never take that leap of faith, you never give the Lord the opportunity to prove Himself to you” 

 “Success has ruined more people than failure”

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes”

Song:  Heart of the Matter – Don Henley (so many)

Album:  Cry Like A Rainstorm - Linda Rondstadt 

Happy Place: Destin 

Past time: Cookouts with people over, music, movies and hiking.

I have never been: Bored

Best advice to young people:  Be kind. Be fair. Behave. Surround yourself with good people. Understand fully that you have a purpose.

Dream Date: Deacon Claybourne

Most prized gift:  Relationships!

Favorite saying: “If you never take that leap of faith, you never give the Lord the opportunity to prove Himself to you” 

CINDY OWEN

Song: My Wish -Rascal Flatts

I Collect: Cars and Memories 

Most Prized Gift:  My family 

Dream Date: My mom who passed away years ago-I would do anything to spend one more day with her. 

Anyone you could have lunch with: Jesus 

On a desert island I would want: A boat 

If I weren’t in the profession I’m in now I’d want to be: Well, considering I’m in Manufacturing, Cars, Music, Sports, Philanthropy, Transportation, Entertainment, Parenting I guess it would be retire….but I’m far from that.

Best advice to young people: Tim said it best….Always Be Humble and Kind. 

JIM KACMARCIK

Founding Partner

Founding Partner

 

Favorite Songs:  Anything by the Beatles, "O Marie" by Daniel Lanois, "MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb, and "How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees

First Concert: Chicago

Fun Fact: I hate snakes.

CLIFF DOWNS

Senior V.P. of Publishing and

Artist Development

 

Favorite Hobby:  Travel…if I could do that for a living, I’d never be in the same place for more than 2 weeks

Happy Place:  anywhere with mountains and a water feature

(ex. lake, stream, waterfall, etc.)

Perfect Date: April 25th

Best Book I’ve Ever Read: The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Fun Fact: I danced ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary styles for 15 years

KELSEY WISE

Creative Director

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Favorite Artists: Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Reba 

Favorite Memory: Singing the National Anthem at Rupp Arena for a University of Kentucky men's basketball game!  

Best Piece of Advice: Live your life in a way that if someone tells a lie about you, nobody will believe them.

Fun Fact: I'm certified in stage combat by the Society of American Fight Directors.

EMILIA JAMES

Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator