Chris Burch and Chris Neese have joined forces to form Front Porch Entertainment Group and Buzz Management. Both music industry professionals bring varied successful backgrounds and knowledge to their new partnership.
They have signed three acts to Buzz Management: Shannon Lawson (MCA Records), rock band Stroller and country band Mammoth Jack. Bryan Wayne is signed to the publishing arm of Front Porch Entertainment Group. Wayne has had success with “What If He’s An Angel” (recorded by Tommy Shane Steiner” and “Country By The Grace of God” (recorded by Chris Cagle).
“Front Porch Entertainment Group is a company dedicated to assisting artists in multiple areas of the music business including management, publishing, production and merchandising by surrounding its artists with the components that can turn their talent into a viable business,” says Burch. “We believe that giving artists the knowledge and support to build a business out of their art is the cornerstone to success.”
Burch started his career working in various positions in film, video and television production before transitioning into the music arena. He worked at NBC in the Music Services Department as music coordinator. He moved on to Bunim-Murray Productions where he served as music supervisor for multiple MTV Real World and Road Rules-related programming including “Real World Seattle,” “Real World Hawaii” and “Real World New Orleans”. He has also served as music supervisor for numerous independent films.
“We work within an ever-changing environment and must adapt constantly to take advantage of today’s many opportunities. In an era where the music industry is seeking new business models, we have chosen not to rely on any one way of doing business but to explore every opportunity on an artist-by-artist basis,” says Neese “We are looking to find new ways of reaching potential consumers while maximizing all current traditional marketing avenues.”
Neese held A&R positions at Rising Tide Records where he served as A&R manager, Asylum Records where he served as A&R director and Broken Bow Records where he served as VP of A&R. He has worked in publishing at Rain Hill Music and Laurelwood Music; held the position of director of Writer/Publisher Relations at ASCAP; worked in management at Vector Management and V.S.O.P. and handled publicity at Liberty Records and Patriot Records. Neese also founded S.O.L.I.D., a music industry organization focused on developing future leaders of the industry by arming them with the tools they need to succeed through education and networking with established music industry