Many CMA members had their first exposure to SCORE in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of CMA Close Up. Others already know the organization well and have benefited from it.

For folks in the Country Music world who have dreamed of launching their own businesses, the Nashville chapter of SCORE (formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives) is an especially valuable resource. Through free consultations with the industry veterans who serve as SCORE volunteers, many have been able to raise the money they need to get their own businesses in gear and even receive counseling on how to grow it once it’s up and running.

One such beneficiary is Heather Reagan, whose story was described in the CMA Close Up article. Reagan, the owner of Honey Bee Music Publishing, had operated Firefly, a Website Design company for 10 years when the entrepreneur’s husband relocated to Music City with his job and a reignited interest in music for Reagan.

“I came to Nashville to be a songwriter and performer, but I felt like I was missing the business aspect for myself and my strengths,” Reagan said. “I was trying to find a way to use my background in technology and marry it to independent artists.

“I knew it was a struggle for independent artists to compete with signed artists,” she says. “Honey Bee was started out of conversations with songwriting friends of mine who didn’t have songwriting deals or weren’t artists. They were writing their own material, but having problems getting it to music supervisors.”