Belmont juniors Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel have brought new talent, innovation and energy to Nashville’s music industry. Through their participation in Project Music, the nation’s first tech accelerator dedicated to music, the duo launched their company, EVAmore. Moreland and Stokel were eager to learn more about Project Music for their initial concept, What’s Hubbin,’ an event discovery platform. After planning and producing a number of events together, the team discovered the challenges many industry professionals find when tasked with booking talent for an event. Coupled with the pain point emerging artists feel when trying to break into the market, the team knew they needed to “pull back the curtain and show that anyone can book a band for an event. Project Music provided the opportunity and ammunition to do so.” The start-up was one of eight companies that participated in Project Music, a 14-week boot camp that included 15 hour work days, sessions with mentors and industry experts and practice pitch classes. Working directly with mentors assigned to EVAmore, Channing said the experience was like going through a master’s level program in 14 weeks. Post launch, EVAmore plans to focus on a specialized market of Greek organizations at college campuses, starting with the southeast. With 900 chapters in the region spending an average of $60,000 – $120,000 on events annually and limited experience and resources in the music and event planning industries, EVAmore hopes to fill the gap.