UPCOMING EVENTS

7th ANNUAL NATD HONORS GALA

NOVEMBER 14, 2017 - HERMITAGE HOTEL NASHVILLE

 

FIRST 4 HONOREES ANNOUNCED, SPONSORSHIP INFO BELOW!

David Corlew

David Corlew has worked with The Charlie Daniels Band for 44 years, serving as Daniels' personal manager for the last 28 years. Corlew also holds the title of President/Co-Owner of Blue Hat Records which recently celebrated their 20th year of releasing albums and DVD projects. Even winning a GRAMMY Award for Amazing Grace Vol. II (A Country Salute to Gospel) in 1998. In 1999, The Corlew Music Group was formed, producing over 150 cuts to date, from artists such as Reba, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and many other country superstars. In 2005, Corlew formed d corlew films which has filmed several projects for Charlie Daniels' Band, including their 2005 tour of Iraq and Southwest Asia as well as developing projects for CMT, GAC, and other networks. Corlew and Daniels also co-founded the not-for-profit organization The Journey Home Project which sees it's mission to assist veterans with military organizations who do the most good. David is a former President of the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors and Governor to the Nashville Chapter Board for NARAS. He is currently a member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Directors and President of the Stars For Stripes Board of Directors.

Barbara Hubbard

A spit fire with an Arkansas twang came to Las Cruces, New Mexico in the early 50’s and has since left a legacy in the community and an impression on the entertainment businesses. Barbara Hubbard started as a biology teacher where she met her husband and later explored careers as a Campus Activities Program advisor and cheer-leading coach for New Mexico State University. She was named Director of Special Events in 1977 which quickly lead her to her current title as Executive Director of the American Collegiate Showcase. Although ACTS has changed over the years, their mission remains the same: providing educational scholarships and experience for students wishing to display their talents in the performing arts field. With the scholarship money raised, Barbara is able to take her students to various industry conferences and help nurture their involvement, giving them the exposure, networking experience, and skills to succeed in the entertainment industry.

Jeannie Seely

“Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely is a GRAMMY® award-winning artist who has been recording and performing for more than six decades. A Pennsylvania native, Seely moved to LA where she met many songwriters including Dottie West who ultimately encouraged her to move to Nashville. Within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series. On September 16, 1967, Seely’s biggest dream came true when she became the first Pennsylvania native to become a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Seely subsequently became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s also credited for changing the image of female country performers by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. On March 2, 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Jeannie with the 1966 GRAMMY® Award for the "Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female." A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas. Along with placing records on the Billboard country singles chart for 13 consecutive years, Seely also served as a radio disc jockey on her own Armed Forces Network Show. For more information, visit jeannieseely.com.

Butch Spyridon

Butch Spyridon has served as the head of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) since 1991. Over the last 25 years the NCVC has led the strategic development of Nashville’s hospitality industry. During that time, Nashville has evolved into a global, year-round destination. Visitor spending in Davidson County exceeded $5.7 billion and accounts for one third of the visitor spending in the entire state. During Butch’s tenure, the NCVC has been involved with development initiatives that include the Tennessee Titans, Bridgestone Arena, Music City July 4th, New Year’s Eve in Nashville, the Music City Center, Music City Walk of Fame, and the first ever citywide branding initiative. Combined with the NCVC ongoing sales and marketing initiatives, the city enjoyed an unprecedented 70 months of record (year-over-year) hotel performance and has been named a top destination in the world by multiple publications for five consecutive years.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

 

This year, we have lots of opportunities to sponsor this much-anticipated event. Take a look at all the options listed here, and let us know if you'd like to participate.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

This year, we have lots of opportunities to sponsor this much-anticipated event. Take a look at all the options listed here, and let us know if you'd like to participate.

PAST EVENTS

2017

OUR ANNUAL PICNIC WAS ON JUNE 6th… if you joined us, THANKS!

 

A fun and much-anticipated yearly event for many industry leaders every year, we love getting some fresh air, feeding you and hanging out!

 

2016

2016 NATD HONORS GALA

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).

ROD ESSIG

Agent / Co-Head of Nashville Office
CAA

LEON RUSSELL

Veteran Musician
Member of both Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame

SCOTT HAMILTON

Olympic Gold Medalist
Figure Skater, Actor, Speaker

P.K. Subban

Olympic Gold Medalist / NHL Hockey Player
Nashville Predators

DOC McGHEE

Industry Visionary / Artist Manager
McGhee Entertainment

MIKE SMARDAK

President
Outback Concerts

RANDY TRAVIS

Multi-Platinum & Award Winning Country Music Icon
2016 Inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Official ACM Awards Viewing Party!

Held on Sunday, April 3

CITIZEN CLUB AT VIRAGO
1126 McGavock Street (in The Gulch)
The Nashville Association of Talent Directors and the Academy of Country Music had a great time hosting the OFFICIAL NASHVILLE ACM AWARDS VIEWING PARTY and look forward to this being a yearly event.

Thanks to those who joined us for a bite and a beverage, as together we cheered on our friends and colleagues at the awards show in Vegas.

2015

The 2015 NATD Honors Gala was held on

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
at the HERMITAGE HOTEL

Congratulations to all of our honorees, and a HUGE thanks to everyone involved in this special evening!

MEGAN BARRY

Mayor
The City of Nashville

SARAH TRAHERN

CEO
Country Music Association

STEVE LASSITER

Senior Vice President
APA Nashville

CHARLIE BRUSCO

Artist Manger
Red Light Management

PETE WEBER

Voice of the
Nashville Predators

MIKE WOLFE

Creator & Host
American Pickers

2014

2014 NATD HONORS GALA

Tuesday November 11, 2014
The Hermitage Hotel
Nashville, TN

HONOREES
Rob Beckham – Co-Head of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Tim Corbin – Vanderbilt University’s Head Baseball Coach
Charlie Daniels – Legendary Country Music Icon
Bill Haslam – Governor of Tennessee
Demetria Kalodimos – WSMV News Anchor & Reporter
Michael W. Smith – Contemporary Christian Artist
JP Williams – CEO of Parallel Entertainment

2013

NATD GIVES BACK

Thanks to all who made our 2013 Gala such a success. Along with the Academy of Country Music and Parallel Entertainment, NATD was able to donate $20,000 to Lynn and Steve Hendrich, a Nolensville family who is hosting Maria Morari, a blind orphan from Moldova. Additionally, the organization gave a $2,500 scholarship to Murray State Junior Ethan Donohoo, a young man who shows promise in the field of music business. We are happy to once again honor the men and women who make the Nashville entertainment industry great, and to give back to our community in a meaningful way.

For more information, please see the article about the 2013 NATD Gala in the Tennesseean.

2013 NATD HONORS GALA

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Hermitage Hotel
Nashville, TN

HONOREES
Bernie Cahill – Co-Founder of ROAR
Tom Condon – Co-Head of CAA’s Football Division
Chaz Corzine – MWS Group Partner
Martina McBride – Country Music Icon
Kevin Neal – President of Buddy Lee Attractions
Bob Romeo – Academy of Country Music Chairman

2012

2012 NATD HONORS GALA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Hermitage Hotel
Nashville, TN

HONOREES
Alan Valentine – Nashville Symphony
Mike Fisher – Nashville Predators
Clint Higham – Morris Artists Management
John Huie – CAA
George Jones – Country Music Legend

Hubert Long Award Recipient
Robert Williams – WBA Entertainment/335 Records

Hosted by Stephanie Langston and Pete Weber.

NATD SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

J.P. Williams Donates $100,000 to NATD and IEBA Scholarships

NASHVILLE, TN — (May 24, 2012) — NATD/IEBA are honored to announce the CEO of Los Angeles-based Parallel Entertainment J.P. Williams has generously donated $100,000 to three scholarship funds administered through a committee appointed by Mr. Williams working with the Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA).

$25,000 of the gift will be used to fund the Ron Baird Scholarship Fund at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT (www.umt.edu) and will be distributed to student in the Entertainment Management Program in a joint effort by NATD and IEBA. Baird, legendary agent and former head of CAA’s Nashville office passed away last year due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

A new scholarship will also be founded in Williams’ name at Murray State University in Murray, KY (www.murraystate.edu) in the amount of $37,500. NATD will be the distributing entity to award the J.P. Williams Scholarship to students in Murray State’s Music Business program.

The final $37,500 will be used to supplement the established scholarship in Williams’ name at Belmont University (www.belmont.edu). IEBA has awarded the J.P. Williams Scholarship to five students in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Business since it was founded in 2007.

2011

NATD COLLEGE OF KNOWLEDGE

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Lovett Auditorium
Murray State University
Murray, KY

Panel: It All Starts with a Song
Sherrill Blackman (SDB Music Group)
Paul Compton (The Song Writer Agency)
Bradley Collins (BMI)
Chris Carpenter (Artist Songwriter)
Lyndsey Highlander (Artist Songwriter)
Clay Myers (Orbison Publishing)
Ryan Beuschel (ASCAP)

Panel: The A Team- Building an Artist Team
Jeff Howard (APA)
Kate Dore (Outback Concerts)
Brandon Mauldin (Ontourage Management)
Julie Roberts (Artist)
Shelly Mullins (Webster PR)
Clyde Bright (Collinsworth Bright & Co)
Karen Kane (Sony Records)

Songwriters Performance:
Chris Carpenter
Jesse Keith Whitley
Lyndsey Highlander
Julie Roberts
Michael Ray
Matt Gary

2011 NATD HONORS GALA

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Hermitage Hotel
Nashville, TN

HONOREES
Karl Dean – Mayor of Nashville
Alabama – Country Music Hall of Famers
Barry Trotz – Nashville Predators Head Coach
Jim Gosnell – Agency for the Performing Arts, President/CEO
Tony Conway – Conway Entertainment Group, President