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Susan Heard

Susan Heard, a native of Atlanta, GA, joined Music Services in 2014. She has over 30 years of experience in the
music industry and currently serves as Licensing Manager, specializing in copyright and license clearance on
behalf of the company’s represented recording labels and product companies. Heard graduated from Baylor
University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, and also studied music performance for
many years. Upon graduation, she worked in Los Angeles for two years as a Production Assistant to Bill Schnee,
Grammy Award winning engineer/producer to such artists as Toto, Don Henley, Steely Dan, Whitney Houston
and The Jacksons. She then worked as an Executive Assistant to artist managers, Larry Fitzgerald and Mark Hartley. In 1990, Heard
moved to Nashville as A&R Administrator for Sparrow Records, label home to Steven Curtis Chapman and Steve Green. In the late
1990s, she joined industry veteran, Tim DuBois, at Arista Nashville as Director of A&R Administration/Production where she assisted
in production management to Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and others. In 2000, Heard joined Word Entertainment and Warner
Records Nashville as Vice President of A&R Administration/Production, serving the production management for artists Amy Grant,
Point of Grace, Sandi Patty, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, and Big and Rich. Since 2009, Heard has managed the production and
promotional needs for non-profits such as Feed the Children, Women of Faith, and Second Harvest Food Bank. She serves on the
board of directors of Music for Seniors, a Tennessee non-profit arts organization connecting senior adults with Nashville area
musicians through interactive live performances. She is a member of Leadership Music (Class of 2003). Heard and her husband have
two daughters and one grand-daughter.