Our Team

Casey Gill Summar

Casey Gill Sumar - Executive Director

Casey Gill Summar – Executive Director

Casey Gill Summar is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council, where she oversees the organization including the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts program. Casey co-founded this program as the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (TNVLA) in 2006, serving as its Executive Director until merging TNVLA with the Arts & Business Council in 2009. She also serves as an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, and Belmont College of Law. 

Casey received her J.D. with honors from Vanderbilt University Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University with a B.F.A in Photography. She is admitted to the bar of Tennessee, and previously clerked with the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and various entertainment law firms in Nashville, TN. Before beginning her legal career, Casey worked as a letterpress printmaker for seven years at the historic Hatch Show Print in downtown Nashville.

Casey is the Chair-Elect of the Nashville Arts Coalition, Chair of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Industries Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division, Immediate Past Chair and Executive Council Member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law Section, Secretary and Founding Board Member of the Edgehill Village Neighborhood Association, Board Member of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, and Member of the Pro Bono Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.  She is an alumni of the Leadership Music class of 2015 and Young Leaders Council Class 50.

Casey is proud to be a finalist for the Nonprofit CEO of the Year for the 2016 Center for Nonprofit Management Salute to Excellence Nonprofit Awards, as well as to have led development of the Periscope:  Artist Entrepreneur Training partnership which is a finalist for the 2016 Frist Foundation Team Building Salute to Excellence Award. She was honored to be named one of Nashville’s Top 40 under 40 in 2015 and a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

At home, Casey and her husband, Trent, enjoy spoiling their dog, working in their frontyard vegetable garden, and being passionate ambassadors for their Edgehill neighborhood.

Alandis Brassel

Alandis Brassel - Program Director

Alandis Brassel – Program Director

Alandis Brassel loves helping artists turn creative ideas into viable businesses. He comes to the Arts & Business Council from the Office of Congressman Jim Cooper, where he served as counsel and advised on intellectual property and music industry policy.

Alandis received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a B.S. in Music Engineering Technology and from New York University with an M.A. in Music Business. He is admitted to the bar of Tennessee. Prior to law school, Alandis owned and operated Go Forth Music, where he managed projects for artists and provided audio engineering services for clients including Bloomberg Television, the Charlie Rose show, Island Def Jam, and Timbaland.

Alandis is a Board Member of the Northwest Family YMCA, Membership Chair and Member of the Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District Committee, and Board Member of the Tennessee Youth Courts. He is an alumni of the Nashville Emerging Leaders class of 2016.

Alandis lives in Green Hills with his wife, Thallen, and their two sons, AJ and Theodore. They are avid Titans fans.