Tatum Hauck Allsep
Tatum is a native of South Mississippi, an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and a twenty-two year veteran of the music industry. Her career includes six years with MCA Records, artist management for the legendary Americana band, The Derailers, and the launch of the first-ever Vanderbilt Medical Center/ Children’s Hospital Music Industry Relations Department. There she pioneered a number of impactful programs including Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids, Project Paper Doll, Musicians On Call, and CMA Sound Healthcare.
Tatum co-founded Sound Healthcare, an expansion of CMA Sound Healthcare and a for-profit business created to bring health insurance and advocacy to members of music trade organizations. This for-profit company provided Tatum with a first-hand look into the growing need for a full service healthcare advocacy firm to protect and serve the music community without a profit motive. After a years of research and development, Tatum founded Music Health Alliance, a non-profit organization designed to provide solutions to the immense need for affordable healthcare access to the music industry.
Through MHA, Tatum initiated a new model of healthcare support that removed the profit motive from health insurance, while providing a wide range of healthcare resource options to an often overlooked and exposed demographic. Tatum is the 2014 recipient of the Tennessee Healthcare Innovation Award from the US Council on Workforce Innovation. She was named a 2015 , 2016 and 2017 Healthcare Hero and 2016 & 2017 Women In Music by the Nashville Business Journal. Tatum was also named a 2017 Rising Women On the Row by MusicRow. She is a graduate of Leadership Music and has participated on the boards of The Deanna Glossup Foundation, MS Society’s Dinner of Champions, Musicians On Call, and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College Alumni Board of Directors. She has also been a mentor for Team Leukemia, co-chairman of the 10th Annual SOURCE Awards, an advisory board member of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Founder’s Committee and Advisory Board of Project Paper Doll and a Stop Domestic Violence Educator/Speaker, and named one of Billboard Magazine’s 2019 Top 100 Country Power Players. She’s a member of CMA, ACM, NARAS, GMA and the AMA. Tatum is married to the love of her life and has three young children.
COO/Certified Senior Advisor ® Individual Insurance & Medicare
Shelia Shipley Biddy
With over 4 decades of diverse music industry experience and a continued passion for the well being of music and its makers, Shelia is the perfect advocate for the music industry. Her career began in an entry-level position at the legendary Monument Records (home to Roy Orbison, Larry Gatlin and Kris Kristofferson). Over the next eight years, she worked her way up the ranks of RCA and MCA to become Vice President of Promotion at MCA and most notably, the first woman to sit at the helm of a major record label in Music City. During her tenure with MCA, the label was named Country Label of the Year seven times by Billboard Magazine, three times by R&R Magazine, and the promotion department garnered over 137 # 1 singles under her leadership. Shelia went on to become senior vice president and general manager of Decca Records, another first for a woman in Nashville. Decca’s roster included Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Rhett Akins, Chris Knight, and others. Shelia has continued to leave a positive mark on music as an artist manager and partner with Hallmark Direction Company and as President of Flying Island Entertainment. Shelia was voted Gavin Magazine’s Country Promotion Vice President of the Year on three occasions, and Nashville Life Magazine named her one of Nashville’s Top 25 Most Influential Women, and named one of Billboard Magazine’s 2019 Top 100 Country Power Players. She was presented with the Country Radio Broadcasters President’s Award recognizing her significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the services that CRB provides to the country radio and music communities. In 2012, she was inducted into the SOURCE Hall of Fame, an organization she co-founded in 1991 to support female executives in the Nashville music industry. She is a 1992 Alumni and past President of Leadership Music. She has served on the Boards of Country Radio Broadcasters, Leadership Music, Academy of Country Music, NARAS, Nashville Film Commission, and the Music Industry Retirement Center. She is also a member of Brentwood Baptist Church. Shelia has been married to music publisher, Ken Biddy, for over 27 years and together they share a blended family of five children and six grandchildren. Shelia’s addition to the MHA team is like coming home. In addition to utilizing her executive experience to develop the operations of MHA, she is implementing the MHA Senior Care programs and services for the family she has been a part of for over forty years.
Sr. Director of Advocacy & Insurance
A native Nashvillian, Taylor comes to Music Health Alliance with a B.S. in Economics from Pepperdine University and an MBA with a concentration in global and domestic healthcare from Johns Hopkins University. Passionate about economic development and healthcare, her move to MHA was a natural fit and her background with intensive experience in both the non-profit and international space brings a unique perspective to the organization. Her non-profit global perspective includes her previous employment at the Sodexo Foundation, extensive project management comparing global health systems and has been responsible for securing non-profit investment internationally, totaling more than $20 million. Even more interestingly, her fit at MHA is reinforced by her unique and personal connection to the entertainment industry, being directly related to a life-long music industry professional.
Director of Advocacy, Group and Individual Insurance
Bonita joins MHA with over 36 years of entertainment experience. Bonita was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first job was in Los Angeles as receptionist for legendary producer, Snuff Garrett. Several years with BMI and MCA Music Publishing followed before producer Kyle Lehning offered her a job pitching songs for his publishing company in Nashville. After moving to Nashville in the late ‘80s, Bonita continued to work in music publishing while gaining credits as a professional actor with recurring roles in television, film and theater. She was named Director of Creative Services for Bluewater Music and worked with veteran songwriters Danny O’Keefe, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey and Sandy Knox. Her concurrent work as a voice over artist led to a career in broadcasting including stints on the radio as a traffic/news reporter for Westwood One as well as doing radio promotion for independent artists. Bonita is thrilled to have the opportunity help make a difference to the creative community with the Music Health Alliance.
Director of Advocacy & Insurance
Nikki Black grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and after receiving her Masters of Social Work in her beloved home state, moved to Nashville in 2010.
In Nashville, Nikki has worked directly with and advocated for individuals and families trying to access coverage and care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), TennCare, and CoverKids. In her role as a federally-certified Navigator under the ACA, Nikki also developed curriculum, trained, and provided support to staff at community health centers, as well as other ACA enrollment assisters across the state, and provided education to the public about their options for accessing coverage and care under the ACA. Nikki also worked for several years in health policy where she drew from her experience in working directly with individuals and families and applied that to her research and writing on Medicaid, health reform, and insurance coverage.
Nikki is delighted to again be in a role where she can work directly with individuals in a way that educates and empowers them. Because of her desire to work with a team committed to advocating for those in need, and her understanding of the unique obstacles musicians and other self-employed individuals may face when accessing coverage and care, Nikki is delighted and proud to be part of the Music Health Alliance team.
Caitlin Kennedy is a Nashville Native with deep family roots in the music industry. Growing up the daughter of a self-employed songwriter, she is aware of the hardships that individuals in the music industry face when it comes to finding the right healthcare coverage for themselves and dependents. Before joining MHA as the Executive Administrator, she spent three years in the Licensing Department at ASCAP helping to ensure songwriters receive compensation for their intellectual properties. Caitlin graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a Psychology degree and taught Special Education for a year before moving back to Nashville. Caitlin has always had a heart for helping people and is so grateful to be making a difference with MHA.
Manager of Office & Client Services
Erin Lancaster joined MHA in 2019 as Manager of Office and Client Services. She was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Nashville in 2014. She comes to MHA with over 12 years of experience working at the Sony Pictures Entertainment Child Development Center in both a teaching and administrative role. During her time at the Child Development Center, Erin developed and implemented curriculum that encouraged children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. After moving to Nashville, she worked in customer service satisfying the needs of customers while coordinating elements needed for the marketing, graphics, and accounting team at ORCA Coolers. She also runs an e-commerce vintage clothing, furniture, and home décor business called Rose & Grey. Erin’s attention to detail and follow-thru makes her the perfect addition to the MHA team as she serves to coordinate the needs of our clients while keeping the office organized and running on schedule.
Colleen serves as Manager of Projects and Auction Administrator. Joining MHA in 2015, she oversees our live and online auctions and assists with fundraiser event planning and other MHA projects. Her work here ties the threads of her passion of recovery and work experience together to serve the music industry. A graduate of Trevecca University, Colleen is a 20-year veteran of the Nashville music industry. Her career began as a Publishing Executive Assistant for RCA/BMG before moving into artist management and then publicity with Forefront Records. From here, she moved to the international marketing division of EMI Christian Music where she was instrumental in developing their first international publicity program. Colleen also co-owns CKP Lighting Inc. with her husband Keith. CKP Lighting provides lighting design/direction services for concerts events with clients Jason Aldean, Rob Thomas, Amy Grant, Usher, Jonas Brothers, and the CMT Music Awards Show. Colleen has a passion for women’s recovery which inspired her to co-found a support group for women in crisis called Women of Restoration. Before joining MHA, she began work in the non-profit world when joining Divine Art Café and serving on their Board of Directors. She helps promote support for trauma therapy and PTSD recovery through MHA for music professionals and their families who work in concert touring. Colleen enjoys volunteering with Al-Anon, Journey Biker Church, and her children’s schools. She lives with her husband and two children south of Nashville where she enjoys motorcycle rides and teatime with dear friends.
Manager of Administration
Caitlin Crowell joined MHA in 2016 as Manager of Administration. In her role assisting in administration, she also supervises the annual Heal The Music Day – the largest MHA fundraiser held each October. After graduating from a Brooklyn high school, Caitlin moved to Nashville where she began working at Ocean Way Studio. She was employed there from 1998 to 2001, then took a job at a Los Angeles independent label that was a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records. She worked as head of the licensing department for seven years bringing a wealth of experience to her current administration position.
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