EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL.
The difference for many artists, authors and media personalities comes in having a talented team behind them who can help best communicate that story. Some of the biggest names in faith-based entertainment have relied upon the expertise of those at The Media Collective to do just that. And they put their faith in the right people. This talented PR team has secured coverage for them in publications including Billboard, People, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CALLED Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, CCM Magazine, Relevant, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, SELF, Seventeen, Shape, Patheos, Focus on the Family, Keep the Faith, Moody, Beliefnet and American Family Radio as well as spots on The Tonight Show, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, The View, Larry King Live, Conan, GAC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, CNN and more.
VELVET KELM | PRESIDENT
Helmed by 27-year public relations veteran Velvet Rousseau Kelm, The Media Collective was born in January 2003 when Kelm purchased The Resource Agency's music-based public relations division, a firm she has successfully headed since its inception in 2000. Kelm brings to this company her vast experience in P.R. and artist management and development, which has made her the first stop for many big names in Nashville and beyond.
With a strong team that includes P.R. veterans and rising talent, Kelm & Co. offer full service public relations services to their clients both inside and outside the music industry. As her resume proves, Kelm has been personally involved in the development of some of the music industry's top talent while branching out to offer authors and organizations the benefit of her years of expertise. The staff has long-term relationships in all areas of Christian media and continues to foster strong ties to mainstream outlets as well, offering a one stop shop for clients looking to reach a diverse group of media. Not content to take the usual route, The Media Collective has become known for their out-of-the box thinking, winning them raves from clients and media alike. Their commitment to finding new angles and pursue new outlets has made them a favorite among artists, allowing the company to handpick clients and projects they believe in. Their current roster is a testament to that philosophy, each client representing a relationship that goes behind mere promotion to a true belief in the work being done and the hearts behind those projects. You can reach Velvet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COURTNEY HYDER | DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY
With a decade spent in the public relations world, Courtney Hyder brings a diverse perspective to The Media Collective team. A love of people and building relationships has found Hyder in multiple areas of the industry, including entertainment publicity and non-profit development. During her seven years at The Media Collective, Hyder has crafted and carried out PR campaigns for such artists as Owl City, Diamond Rio, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Matthew West and more. Her bookings have appeared in CNN, FOX News, Billboard, New York Times, USA Today, Seventeen, Grand Ole Opry and more, and she has orchestrated artist’s experiences on the red carpets of high-profile events like the GRAMMY Awards and the American Idol Finale. Outside of her time at The Media Collective, Hyder served for three years in external relations for the 107 year-old United Way Agency, Sunbeam Family Services in Oklahoma City, Okla. Her purpose there was two-fold: increase funding to fuel the agency’s 7 million dollar budget and to market the needs of the agency to the community, whether it be a campaign or partnerships with the organizations like the OKC Thunder. Hyder is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she studied communications in the recording industry. You can reach Courtney at email@example.com.
EMILY TRAVIS | PUBLICIST
A graduate of Nashville, Tennessee’s Belmont University, Emily Travis moved from Kansas City in 2012 to pursue a career in the music business. With experience in the industry ranging from music publishing to artist management, Emily has been a part of assisting the careers of artists and writers including Trent Dabbs, Sugar & The Hi-Lows, and the artist collective, Ten Out Of Tenn, consisting of 27 artists including Paper Route, Joy Williams, Matthew Perryman Jones and more. With a love for story and relationship, Emily found her passion in public relations, and re-joined The Media Collective Team in 2017 after serving in artist management. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.