Anacrusis has two key verticals: publishing and licensing.

Anacrusis is a Nashville-based publishing and licensing company, focused on local alternative artist-writers.

Anacrusis Publishing

Anacrusis is passionate about signing new Nashville-based non-country writer-producers to further build and grow the community of pop and alternative creators in Nashville. In 2018, Anacrusis signed a global admin and licensing deal with Kobalt Music Group. Anacrusis writers have collaborated with top artists, writers, and producers, including Jimmy Harry, Wayne Wilkins, Albert Harvey, Steve Aoki, NERVO, The Gifted, HUGEL, Jason Blume, Erin McCarley, Tedd Tjornhom, and have garnered the attention of David Guetta and Timbaland. Anacrusis also hosts annual writer retreats, often flying in outside writers or music supervisors to join the writing groups. Although we believe our writers are paving the way in this emerging local scene, we are actively sending them to write and collaborate around the world. est. 2016

Anacrusis Licensing

Anacrusis is redefining the artist experience in music licensing in Nashville, actively working with artists on a personal level through showcase opportunities and artist development. By focusing on the artist, we are able to work with their vision, their team, and their fan base to secure targeted and valuable placements in television, film, advertising, trailers, and video games. We also coordinate with our artists' tour schedules to set up showcases and meetings with clients in other cities, as well as host music supervisors for showcases here in Nashville. We intentionally have a small roster, and strive to develop a real relationships with our artists. To see some of the placements we have secured, click here. est. 2014

We work exclusively with Nashville-based artists. We do not work with country music. We are not a catalog or a library.

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Anacrusis Events

We are reimagining the publishing and licensing industry through an experiential marketing lens. Anacrusis focuses on creating unique and memorable events that both build relationships and secure opportunities for our artists. We host large quarterly songwriting retreats, bringing artists, songwriters, producers, and music supervisors together in an intimate setting where we strive to foster creativity, connection, and community. Events include partnerships with the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, The Nashville Film Festival, WHO KNEW Nashville presents "The Pitch: An Evening with Music Supervisors," Acme Radio Live, and more.

More about...

Liz Rogers

Liz Rogers is the Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis, where she oversees new signings, writer development, and pitching creatively for sync. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Liz studied music performance, musical theatre, business, and education, and has applied those skills in jobs in experiential marketing and consulting. In addition to Anacrusis, Liz also is an independent music supervisor and has worked on several films and documentaries, and is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors. Liz is an Advisor at the Entrepreneur Center, an Adjunct Artist Teacher at Vanderbilt University, and serves on the Board for SOLID (the Society of Leaders in Development) and the Music Committee of the Nashville Film Festival. Liz was recently honored as one of Nashville's "30 Under 30”, and included in the “Women In Music City” Power Players list by the Nashville Business Journal.

Awards and Honors: Nashville Business Journal's Women in Music City power players list (youngest honoree 2019), Nashville's 30 Under 30 (2019), Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Nominee and Finalist (2017, 2018), NEXT Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (2018), Expert Industry Advisor Award at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (2017), WIM's Women in Sync Finalist (2016), Entrepreneur of the Month Spotlight at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (2016), The Nashville Guide Spotlight (2016).
Press features: Liz Rogers Making Waves in Nashville, Entrepreneur Center Write Up

Mission statement

Anacrusis strives to build upon the existing careers of emerging artists and writers through visible sync placements and artist cuts, and to become a trusted source of high-quality music, while focusing on building meaningful, personal relationships.

Origin of the name

Anacrusis: (pronounced anna-crew-siss) upbeat; specifically: one or more notes or tones preceding the first downbeat of a musical phrase. See: upbeat.
(This is why our slogan is "We're ahead of the music")
Upbeat: an unaccented beat or beats that occur before the first beat of a measure. Optimistic; happy; cheerful; positive
(Our team's outlook on life and opportunities.)
Origin of anacrusis: from Greek anakrousis: beginning of a song, from anakrouein: to begin a song.