"It's Not Just What You Know or Can Do. It's Who Knows and Trusts You Enough to Open Doors For You." - Vinny Ribas

February 15 & 16 Boot Camp 2020 Cancelled.

Location: Film House, 810 Dominican Dr. , Nashville

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Plugging Into Nashville Past Attendee Testimonies

"Plugging into Nashville was an incredibly eye-opening workshop that gave me a new perspective on the music industry here. I highly recommend the workshop to anyone looking to get into music in Nashville and any area of the industry."  Emmanuella - Singer-Songwriter

"An amazingly informative, career shaping and mind altering experience! What you put together has truly focused my vision and made my dreams much more attainable." - Nex, Artist, Songwriter and Producer

"Plugging Into Nashville is a tremendous step for any serious artist or music industry professional! Come ready to take notes on who to meet,  how to meet them, and ways to propel your career forward. Vinny is highly-respected in this town, and it shows in the heavy-hitter speakers who present at Plugging Into Nashville. This was easily the most productive and beneficial weekend I’ve spent in Nashville!” - Brain Paden, Law School Graduate

"Many thanks to Indie Connect for providing such a valuable time for networking and knowledge. Plugging into Nashville clearly brings us the most important issues regarding the music industry and how it works in Nashville. I am certainly better prepared to write our chapter."Christiano Gomez - Artist Manager, Up N' Go

In this 2-Day Workshop You Will...

  • Learn The Nashville Industry Rules

    You will learn Nashville’s best practices, unwritten rules of conduct and ‘secret handshakes’. You will learn the often-subtle do’s and don’ts that immediately brand you either as a professional or a Nashville newcomer.

  • Establish And Build Vital Industry Relationships

    You’ll meet & network with 8+ music industry professionals such as publishers, booking agents/consultants, tour managers, various coaches and mentors, indie label executives, professional artists and writers etc.

  • Learn Where and The Best Ways To Network

    You’ll learn the many invaluable industry networking organizations, events and opportunities where you can meet and develop relationships with other artists, songwriters and/or industry professionals.

  • Pitch Your Music/Act To The Pros

    You will have the chance to pitch your music to publishers and a sync agent. You’ll learn exactly what you are doing right as well as get helpful feedback on areas you might want to improve on.


Learn What You Can Do Right Now To Jump Start Your Career ♦ Showcase Your Songs And/Or Act to the Industry Pros ♦ Learn Nashville's 'Insider Secrets' ♦ Learn How and Where To Connect With Established Songwriters and Industry Professionals ♦ Meet Other Writers/Potential Co-Writers ♦ Learn How To Avoid The Sharks Who Prey On The Uninformed



Meet, learn from and network with our rotating faculty of hit songwriters, publishers producers, successful artists, artist managers, performance coaches, consultants and more. 

Meet Some Of Our Industry Professionals

Vinny Ribas

Vinny is an artist manager and consultant and the founder of Indie Connect. He is a former booking agent, state fair talent buyer, full-time touring artist, producer, studio owner, author, industry speaker and more. Vinny's expertise lies in developing and implementing unique strategies for an artist's career. He is the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment and Pinstripe Entertainment, 2 film and TV production companies, and a partner in LeaderBridge, a business consulting company.

Gary Earl

Gary Earl is a producer, songwriter, & multi-instrumentalist whose work is Grammy nominated. His clients include indie artists and songwriters, as well as Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winners. His producing and songwriting is used by Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, HBO, Paramount, Tristar, MGM, 20th Century Fox, MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The Bachelor, Ellen, Pokemon, Batman & more. (700+ placements)  He’s worked on films and music with Keanu Reeves, Clint Eastwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus.

Steve Bloch

Steve is a consultant, publisher and song plugger. He's been listening to music here for over two decades and is known for having a great and honest ear. He founded Southern Cow Music, and Writer Zone Music, LLC, and currently consults for Demolition Music Publishing. He also listens for Doug Johnson, creative head of Black River Entertainment, whose artists include Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Morgan, Jacob Davis, and Abby Anderson, among others. Steve is a frequent guest of many songwriter festivals, workshops, and publisher nights, including the West Coast Songwriters Association, the Durango Songwriters Expo, the Arizona Songwriters Association, TAXI, and various NSAI, and SGA events.

Marc Alan Barnette

Marc-Alan Barnette is a Birmingham born artist / writer / teacher, based in Nashville, Tennessee. He calls his music "In your face country soul" and has songs recorded by such great artists as Shelby Lynne, John Berry and David Ball.

In addition to being a consummate entertainer and songwriter, Barnette provides songwriting and performance lessons for people all over the world. His lessons not only save valuable time and money...they are FUN!! Services include introductions to Nashville, song / performance critiques, songwriting, song demos - all tailored to you or your group.

There’s nothing like having a “personal player / coach,” with a successful history and entrenched in the heart of Music City – Nashville, TN – to help you become the best songwriter you can be.

Brian Paden

Brian’s legal practice focuses on intellectual property and business. He believes that artists should be compensated fairly for their efforts and that helping creators earn a living will ultimately result in higher quality art for us all to enjoy. As part of this effort, Brian works with artists to leverage their copyrights and trademarks in a complex entertainment landscape.

Live Registration - $197 (includes 2 meals)

Participate Live Online - $97

For More Information contact Vinny Ribas

(615) 615-568-4736 or vinny@indieconnect.com