Founding owner Mary Ann McCready is a national leader in entertainment business management and a force in the music industry. Mary Ann has contributed to the success of some of the industry’s greatest stars and mentored countless young professionals.
Mary Ann is the first business manager outside of New York or Los Angeles and the first woman to win the Variety Business Managers Elite Award in 2018, and the first female recipient of the CMA President’s Award. She was named the CMA Touring Awards Business Manager of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2019 and has been named an industry power player and top business manager by nearly every entertainment publication. Prior to the founding of FBMM, Mary Ann was the first woman to be vice president of national sales at a major record label (CBS Records).
Behind the Scenes
Mary Ann is known not only for her dedication to her clients, but also for her commitment to giving back to the community. In recognition of her leadership of young professionals, she was the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Impact Award recipient. Mary Ann is an inaugural member of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Circle Guard and a longtime advocate of the W.O. Smith Community School of Music. She is the current chairman of the board for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Did you know?
• Mary Ann entered the music industry as a publicity assistant at CBS Records, where she later became the first female VP of sales and marketing at a major label.
• As she is the daughter of a chemical engineer and an economist, it should come as no surprise that she graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University.
• Mary Ann co-chaired the Music City Music Council from 2009–2011.
• She helped create the Music City Music Council, which helped the music industry and Nashville work together to support ways to merge the interests of the business, hospitality and music worlds together for the benefit of the city.