NASHVILLE - March 20, 2013 - MTV, CMT, VH1 and Topspin will host an open invitation for the Nashville music community on Thursday, April 4, to hear first-hand best practices for connecting with fans on the recently launched artist platform. Having just launched the artist platform experience via Artists.MTV in mid-August and then subsequently Artists.CMT and Artists.VH1, MTV/CMT/VH1 is already seeing substantial traffic and fan engagement. Nearly 20 thousand artists ranging from such established major label acts as Rihanna, to emerging artists like Ashley Monroe and BLACKBEAR, have already claimed or created their pages. More than 12 million fans have visited the site, and the coming months, MTV/VH1/CMT will launch a mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones.

WHEN: Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ruby (2411 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, 37211)

Singer/songwriter/musicians are invited to:

- Discover how to connect new tracks and videos to millions of new fans.
- Meet members of the MTV/CMT/VH1 music and talent teams.
- Meet Topspin staff and discuss direct-to-fan campaigns for albums, tours and merchandise.
- Learn how to get songs featured in original shows or get videos into music hours.
- Take control of their presence across the three networks, gain fans and make money in the process.

MTV/CMT/VH1's artist platform is powered by Topspin GoDirect which gives tools to artists to claim and customize their own page and have their music showcased in a myriad of ways across multiple channels and sites. Artists can upload music, videos and photographs; as well as sync social accounts to pull in content from across the web. In the coming months, artists will be able to sell music, merchandise and tickets all from their artist page. Artists can claim or register their page now at artists.mtv.com.

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PRESS CONTACT:
Amanda Murphy 615-335-8408 amanda.murphy@cmt.com


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