Wednesday, August 17, 2011

'American Songwriter' magazine adds co-publisher

Albie Del Favero, former publisher of the Nashville Scene, Nashville City Paper and the company that bought both publications — SouthComm Communications — has been named co-publisher of Nashville-based American Songwriter magazine.

Del Favero bought in as a minority partner with options to acquire a majority interest, he said.

The 27-year-old glossy magazine targets a niche audience of songwriting professionals. Its editorial content includes stories about the lives of famous and up-and-coming songwriters, the latest in music gadgetry, album reviews and industry news.

Del Favero, 57, is a well-known Nashville media figure with a 20-plus-year history as publisher of local news publications. In 1989, Del Favero as an advertising executive helped launch the Nashville Scene, the city’s first widely read alternative weekly paper. He went on to work for SouthComm, which currently owns the Scene and City Paper, departing two years ago to lead He left that venture in January when it was sold to the Outdoor Channel.

At American Songwriter, Del Favero will work with current owners Robert Clement (who also serves as co-publisher) and Doug Waterman, who has a minimal role in operating the company, according to Del Favero.

Del Favero’s plans for the magazine include continued development of an iPad app that was launched two issues ago. The company will focus on both the magazine as well as using its website to build a membership base of amateur songwriters and creating future events, contests and content.

The deal includes the formation of a new parent company, ForASong Media LLC. Del Favero is president, and Clement and Waterman are partners.