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Off The Record with K.T. Oslin

That ’80s Lady, K. T. Oslin, will be interviewed by our own Robert K. Oermann (’90) for Off the Record on Thursday, April 24th at 12:00 noon at Sambuca in the Gulch. Alumni are $25 per person for lunch and guests are $35. K.T. won two Grammy Awards and a legion of fans for her smart, bittersweet single, “80′s Ladies” on RCA in the late ’80s. She recently scored a tour de force in her return to the stage for a sold-out show at the Franklin Theatre. Click here to RSVP.

Leadership Music Now Accepting Applications For Class of 2015

Leadership MusicTM begins accepting applications from established entertainment industry leaders for the Class of 2015 on March 1st and will accept them on-line throughout the month of March. The deadline to apply is midnight 3/31/14.

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Leadership Music & Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN

We had so much fun at Second Harvest Food Bank in July when 50 alums/family members and friends gathered to participate in the Backpack Program!  We packed more than 1500 backpacks, and we hope to exceed that this time around.  It will be a great evening of community, while giving back. Join us!!

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Leadership Music Learning Network

Leadership Music is pleased to announce our latest continuing education initiative, The Learning Network.  Building on Leadership Music’s very popular Off the Record lunch-and-learn series, the Learning Network will present quarterly programs at the cocktail hour, and adult beverages will be available. read more

Off The Record with Kenny Rogers

Leadership Music is honored  to welcome the legendary Kenny Rogers to Off the Record on Thursday, September 26th. We will celebrate and explore the 50 year career of a Hall of Fame music icon. Kenny will be interviewed by a radio icon – Radio Hall of Fame member and Nashville’s favorite radio personality, Gerry House.  Space is limited.

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Leadership Music’s Digital Summit Evolves
“Digital Solutions Powered by the Entrepreneurial Spirit” Provides Theme for Renamed 2013 Event


Nashville, TN (6-26-13) – Leadership Music’s annual Digital Summit returns this fall with a new title, new direction, and a renewed focus on educating and connecting music industry and digital marketing leaders. The nine-year-old conference is being renamed and rebranded as the Leadership Music Summit, a move that will allow for the theme of the event to address and incorporate the hot-button issues of the moment from year-to-year. Slated for Tuesday, September 10 at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, the 2013 summit is subtitled “Digital Solutions Powered by the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Co-chairs for this year’s event are Leadership Music alumni Heather McBee (“America’s Morning Show,” Cumulus Media) and Cameo Carlson (Borman Entertainment).

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Leadership Music Announces The Class of 2014

Leadership Music’s historic 25th class will be composed of 45 industry leaders from across the country. Founded in 1989 by eleven music industry alumni of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Music has graduated more than 950 leaders.  The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry, as well as providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and meeting people one would not ordinarily meet with whom one builds lasting relationships.

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Off the Record with Brenda Lee

Leadership Music’s popular series—Off the Record—returns with one of the most successful female artists in history–the timeless Brenda Lee.  Brenda will recount her spectacularly-successful career in a special Off the Record, Wednesday, June 26th at 12:00 noon at Sambuca in the Gulch. Follow the link below to sign up for this not-to-be-missed event. Bob Oermann, who co-wrote Brenda’s autobiography, will interview her.  These lunch-and-learn events are always sell-outs, so make your reservation early. Guests are welcome.

Click here to RSVP for Off the Record with Brenda Lee

Off The Record- Bill Ivey

Leadership Music is very pleased to welcome Bill Ivey, an LM  Founding Council member, for an Off the Record career retrospective Wednesday, March 6th at Sambuca in the Gulch at noon.  The cost of lunch is $20 for alums and $25 for guests. Bill will be interviewed by journalist, fellow author, and LM alum Craig Havighurst.  Bill is also celebrating the release of his third book, Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy, which will be available at the event.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

What do you get when a group of music industry professionals with a big heart and a gift of service get together to help Hands on Nashville? It becomes a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project to improve the conditions at a Nashville Fire station (NFD), and Leadership Music was a sponsor.  On Monday, January 21st , a group of LM alumni along with some friends from SOLID came together to paint and clean a fire station. It was the first initiative offered to LM alums through our Gift of Service/Outreach committee with our friends at HON.

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Off The Record- November 15th, 2012

Leadership Music’s popular Off the Record series was held on Thursday, November 15th at Sambuca. Leadership Music founding council members Joe Moscheo and Tony Brown, both of whom numbered among The King’s musical entourage, were interviewed by Tom Brown, host of Turner Classic Movies cable channel.

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More Performers Announced for Dale Franklin Awards

One of the most revered voices ever in country music, Ronnie Dunn, authentic rocker Big Al Anderson, and bluegrass sensations, The Grascals, will pay musical tribute to Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen when they are honored at the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards, Wednesday, October 17th at War Memorial Auditorium.

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More Artists Announced for Dale Franklin Awards

David Nail and The Time Jumpers have joined the growing line-up of talent slated to perform musical tributes at the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards Wednesday, October 17th at War Memorial Auditorium. They join previously announced artists Rodney Crowell and Little Big Town in honoring the three music icons and humanitarians as well as Brian Williams Ambassador Award recipient Mayor Karl Dean (LM ’10).  Blair Garner (LM ’13) will host the event.

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August Birthday Lunch

President Jeff Gregg hosted the first monthly birthday celebration for alums at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s 222 Grille on August 28th. It was a festive occasion highlighted by cupcakes, party hats and favors! This will become a monthly event for the first 15 alums to respond to the invitation.

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Class Reunion

Members of the Leadership Music classes of 1999 and 2009 teamed for a reunion August 14th at the First Amendment Center. New Executive Director Debbie Schwartz Linn and new facilitator Steven Tepper outlined all the exciting things happening at Leadership  Music for the attendees. Everyone enjoyed re-connecting and browsing through photos from their class years. It was a draw for “Best Class Ever!”

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Mayor Karl Dean to receive Brian Williams Ambassador Award

Mayor Karl Dean, an alumnus of Leadership Music’s Class of 2010, has been selected to receive the organization’s Brian Williams Ambassador Award. The special award, which is given at the discretion of the Leadership Music board, will be presented during the Dale Franklin Award ceremony October 17th at War Memorial Auditorium. The ninth annual Dale Franklin Award will be presented to Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen.

Off The Record- July 13th, 2012

One of Leadership Music’s most popular “lunch and learn” activities, Off the Record, returned on July 13th. Former Secret Service agent, attorney and music industry artist manager and television producer, Bill Carter, traced his legendary career with Leadership Music alum, Ken Paulson, of the First Amendment Center and Newseum. The sold-out event will be staged at least once a quarter.

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Leadership Music Announces New Board

Leadership Music has selected thirteen (13) new board members from among the more the 900 alumni of the organization. Jeff Gregg, a long-time agent at CAA, has been elected president, and Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium, is president-elect. Lori Badgett of City National Bank is immediate past president; Linda Bloss-Baum, Time Warner, Inc, (Washington, DC) will serve a second term as secretary, and Julie Boos, Flood, Bumstead, McCready &  McCarthy, a new board member, has been named treasurer.

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Leadership Music Announces 2012 Dale Franklin Award Honorees

Three music luminaries who have also distinguished themselves as humanitarians have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award.  Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen will be honored at a gala cocktail reception and musical tribute on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

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