For almost 60 years, NATD has been a vital part of the Nashville Music Business Community by professionally representing, directing and promoting the entertainment industry through its members.
NATD MOURNS THE LOSS OF 2016 HONOREE LEON RUSSELL AND CELEBRATES HIS ENDURING MUSICAL LEGACY
The NATD Family is incredibly saddened at the loss of Leon Russell and send our warmest wishes of comfort and strength to the entire Russell Family.
Russell’s work is imprinted in generations of musical history. Through the years he has blazed new paths and inspired countless musicians who learned from him and idolized his talents. We’re incredibly thankful to him, his family and John Cowan for allowing and helping us to honor him on November 9th at our 6th Annual NATD Honors Gala. May he rest in peace as his music lives on for eternity.
L-R: (Top) P.K. Subban, Mike Smardak, Rod Essig
(Bottom) Doc McGhee, Randy Travis, Scott Hamilton
NATD HONORS GALA 2016
The 6th Annual NATD Honors Gala was held on November 9, 2016 at the Hermitage Hotel and was an amazing evening of celebration and laughter.
2016 Honorees included Rod Essig (Agent and Co-Head of the Nashville office of Creative Artists Agency), Scott Hamilton (Olympic Gold-medal figure skater, actor, and speaker), Doc McGhee (industry visionary and accomplished artist manager who heads McGhee Entertainment), Leon Russell (veteran musician and member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame), Mike Smardak (award-winning promoter and President of Outback Concerts), P.K. Subban (Olympic Gold-medalist and one of the top defensemen in the NHL newly acquired by the Nashville Predators), and Randy Travis (multi-platinum, award-winning country icon and the latest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame).
NATD GIVES BACK
NATD President Steve Tolman and ACM Chairman Bob Romeo (on behalf of ACM’s Lifting Lives) present a $5,000 check in Brad Schmitt’s name to Nashville Prevention Partnership
NATD President Steve Tolman and ACM Chairman Bob Romeo present Steve & Lynn Hendrich and Maria Morari with a $20,000 gift on behalf of the ACM, NATD and Parallel Entertainment.