Our Team

Michael Martin

Publishing veteran Michael Martin joined Endurance as President at its inception in 2019. Under his leadership, EMG has built a roster of 14 successful songwriters and closed over $150 million in acquisitions. The company claims over 75 chart-topping Country singles and dozens of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC Country and Pop Airplay awards.
Michael takes an active role in the management and development of EMG’s chart-topping songwriters and artists. He also oversees a robust Administration team which processed over $16M in artist and writer royalties in 2022 on behalf of EMG’s independent administration clients.

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Previously, Michael was Vice President of Membership at ASCAP, where he led the P.R.O. to major Country music market share growth. He managed the organization’s relationships with high-profile songwriters and was recognized as a Billboard Country Power Player. His career includes stops at Fame Music, Moraine Music Group, and Extreme Writers Group, which he co-founded.

Mark Ahlberg

Mark Ahlberg is Endurance’s Senior Vice President and oversees all aspects of catalog management and acquisitions. Since 2019, he has managed the acquisition of over $150 million in catalog, developed an artist brand to distribute unreleased masters with major sync placements, and saw the company’s first three singles certified Gold as a label. Mark also founded publisher and label admin company Amplified Administration in 2010, and brought the Amplified clients with him to Endurance at its inception. He is a current member of the NMPA, AIMP, CMA, ACM, and GMA.

Carrie Wilkins

Vice President of Administration Carrie Wilkins oversees all aspects of royalty collection, processing, and distribution for the Endurance Music Group client roster, as well as spearheading the acquisition and onboarding of new independent publishing and label administration clients. She previously held the role of Head of Royalty Administration at HoriPro Entertainment Group/Mojo Music & Media, where she utilized state of the art royalty software to provide fast and accurate payments to the company’s clients. She joined HoriPro in 2008 as Director of Royalty Administration after seven years at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she was responsible for processing publishing royalties for 14 foreign affiliate offices.

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Carrie discovered her passion for the art of royalty administration early in her career, and, since her first jobs in BMI’s College Radio and International Performance Identification departments, has spent more than 25 years mastering her skills in royalty tracking, collecting, and auditing. She graduated from Belmont University’s Music Business program and is a current member of the NMPA, AIMP, CMA, ACM, and Copyright Society of the South.

Steven Singer

Steven Singer joined EMG as Vice President of Catalog Development in 2023. He is responsible for managing all aspects of acquired catalog assets, including identifying new business opportunities and managing the creation of compilation albums, specialty physical products, and other special projects.
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Steve is a music industry veteran whose resume includes more than two decades at Universal Music Group. He also spent time at Naxos of America and, most recently, at Spirit Music Group as Vice President of Digital Strategy. He has worked with top-tier artists like Elton John, Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Gustavo Dudamel, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; and managed high-profile projects such as the original cast recordings of Wicked and Mamma Mia! Steve is originally from the Boston area and was the first person to graduate from Northeastern University’s Music Industry program, earning a B.S. with a minor in Business Administration.

Lauren Funk

Vice President of Publishing Lauren Funk is responsible for managing Endurance’s relationships with its roster of songwriters and artists while identifying promising new talent. Since joining the team in 2021, Lauren has been instrumental in the signing and retention of multiple high-profile EMG songwriters, artists, and producers. She was a part of the inaugural class of the Country Music Association’s Women’s Leadership Academy, a professional development program and group coaching experience for high-performing women in the country music industry. She has been named to MusicRow Magazine’s “Next Big Thing” list of rising Music City professionals five consecutive times.
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Lauren joined EMG from Big Yellow Dog Music, where she spent seven years on the creative team and worked with Grammy Award-winning creators Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, Josh Kear, and Daniel Tashian, among others. She has secured cuts with notable artists like Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Dustin Lynch, and more.

Drew Bragg

Copyright Director Drew Bragg joined the Endurance family with the company’s launch in 2019. He is responsible for all Endurance Music Group catalog management, including working with the various performance and mechanical rights societies to ensure accurate and timely payment for all EMG clients. Drew is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in Entertainment Industry, and is a current member of the AIMP, CMA, and ACM.

Courtney Kruckeberg

Creative Director Courtney Kruckeberg oversees the day-to-day needs of the Endurance roster of songwriters in addition to pitching EMG’s current and back catalog of hits, coordinating sync co-writes, and fostering relationships with sync partners. She previously served as Catalog Manager at Mojo Music & Media (formerly HoriPro Entertainment Group), where she worked directly with the Creative team and the Royalty Administration department to ensure proper handling of the company’s catalog, among other responsibilities.
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Prior to HoriPro, she worked in the Royalty Department at music publishing administration company ClearBox Rights. She is a current member of the CMA, ACM, SOLID, and AIMP, where she served as the Admin Director for the AIMP Nashville Board from 2018 – 2022.

Tony Lemonis

Senior Data Analyst Tony Lemonis is responsible for royalty and catalog data analysis and management, and assists with new catalog acquisitions. He comes to EMG with nearly ten years of experience in research and data analysis and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social science from the University of Memphis. He has an extensive background in both the financial and media industries and has contributed analyses to top podcasts, radio programming, bestselling books, and award-winning documentaries.

Adam Gruss

Originally from New Jersey, Adam Gruss joined the Endurance team as Label Royalties Manager in 2023. After attending Berklee College of Music, Adam got his start in royalties with Razor & Tie in 2014 while living in New York. The label was later picked up by Concord Music Group, where he continued for six years and which eventually led him to Nashville. After a one-year stint in Business Management with Tri Star Sports and Entertainment, Adam’s move to Endurance marked his return to the world of label royalties.
Adam currently resides in East Nashville with his wife Anna and dog Ringo, and he is also a musician and songwriter in his own right. He fronts and plays bass for his band, The Mad Sugars, and plays bass and drums for several original and cover projects around town.

Alannah Schwartz

Catalog Manager Alannah Schwartz works with the creative team to provide administrative assistance as well as marketing and promotional support for the EMG roster of songwriters and artists. Alannah graduated from Belmont University in 2022 after spending four years in the Curb College Music Business program. She previously worked as Licensing Coordinator at Me Gusta Music, handling both publishing licensing and label administration for a variety of clients. She has been an active member of AIMP since August 2021 and SOLID since January 2022, where she serves on the Ambassadorship Committee.

Farrell Gothers

Royalty Analyst Farrell Gothers joined the EMG team in 2022. She is responsible for ensuring timely and accurate royalty payments for all of Endurance’s songwriters as well as its independent administration clients. She comes to EMG as a recent Belmont University graduate with a B.B.A. in Music Business and is a current member of the ACM and CMA.

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