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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program dates for the Class of 2019?


Orientation/Welcome Reception, Class of 2019
TUESDAY Sept. 25, 2018
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Orientation
5:00 – 7:30pm – Alumni Welcome Reception

Opening Retreat Weekend
FRIDAY/SATURDAY Oct. 19-20, 2018
7:00am Fri – 5:00pm Sat

Songwriting / Publishing
FRIDAY Nov. 9, 2018
7:00am – 7:30pm

TUESDAY Dec. 11, 2018
7:00am – 7:30pm

Live Music
TUESDAY Jan. 15, 2019
7:00am – 7:30pm

FRIDAY Feb. 8, 2019
7:00am – 7:30pm

Record Company
TUESDAY Mar 19, 2019
7:00am – 7:30pm

FRIDAY April 12, 2019
7:00am – 7:30pm

Closing Retreat Weekend
FRIDAY/SATURDAY May 17-18, 2019
7:00am Fri – 5:00pm Sat

When and how do I apply?

Application forms will be available online at February 1-28 for the Class of 2019.  You have the entire month of February to apply.

What's the deadline for applying?

A fully completed application form must be received by the Leadership Music office no later than midnight February 28, 2018 for the Program year that begins October 2018. No exceptions.


If I applied previous Program years and I want to re-apply for the upcoming Program year, do I need to complete a new application?

Yes. Since we make changes to the application from year to year, we ask that you fill out a new application every year.  If you applied in the 5 last years and would like a copy of your application to simplify the process (cut and paste) please email


I understand that Leadership Music Alumni are asked to nominate candidates for the incoming class. If I am nominated, do I still need to submit an application?

Yes, regardless of whether you are nominated, you must apply each year.  Leadership Music accepts nominations from alumni in the month of January.  If nominated, in February all nominated candidates will receive an email from Leadership Music with a link to apply. You DO NOT need to be nominated to apply.

Is there a personal interview component of the selection process?

Although personal interviews are not a part of the selection process, some applicants may be contacted by the selection committee.  The selection committee may also consult with the alum who nominated a candidate. The fact that the selection committee doesn’t contact you is not an indication of the likelihood of acceptance into the Program.

Who selects the members of the incoming class?

A selection committee comprised of Leadership Music alumni representing all segments of the music industry and community are charged with reviewing all applications and making a final recommendation to the board of directors. The pool of applicants in specific categories changes from year to year, and many exceptional candidates apply numerous times before being accepted into the class. The board votes on the proposed class slate as recommended by the selection committee.

When does the selection committee meet?

The selection process takes place during the months of March and April.

When will I be notified about my status for the next Program year?

The Leadership Music Board of Directors votes on the incoming class slate as recommended by the Selection Committee at its May quarterly board meeting. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in June.

How many applicants are accepted for each Program year?

Leadership Music has found that a class size of 40 to 45 is ideal.

What are some of the criteria for acceptance?

The success of program depends largely on the composition of the class. The goal of the selection committee is to choose a class that is well-balanced, diverse and represent various segments of proven leaders within, or associated with the music industry.  There are many elements that are considered in determining whether or not an applicant will be accepted into the Program. The ideal candidate displays leadership qualities in all facets of their life.

What is the attendance policy

Each participant is permitted to miss a maximum of 1 program day or the equivalent of 12 hours due to extreme circumstances with the exception of Opening and Closing retreat.

Extreme circumstances are defined as unavoidable absences that may be job or health related.  If a participant must be absent due to an extreme circumstance, the Leadership Music Executive Director must be notified in writing as soon as it is anticipated. If a participant misses a program day, you may be required to make up the missed program day the following year in order to graduate.

Opening and Closing Retreats are mandatory and no portion of them can be missed, nor made up the following year.  No exceptions.  Missing Opening or Closing Retreat will preclude participants from graduating the Leadership Music Program.

The Leadership Music program should not be entered without the commitment of the applicant and the applicant’s employer.

What is the cell phone policy?

To ensure participants are fully engaged and respectful of the process, the speakers and their classmates, all devices must be turned off all day, with the exception of the one 5-minute break, guaranteed during each program day when devices are allowed.

For emergency situations, Leadership Music provides all class members with staff cell phone numbers where they may be contacted during a program day.  These devices are kept on all day.

We recommend Supervisors, co-workers, family and friends be advised of this policy.

Are there any costs involved in the Program?

Thanks to our annual corporate donors who underwrite the majority of the cost related to the program, there is a one-time, non-refundable tuition payment of $1,000 due in August, once you are accepted into the program.   We are incredibly grateful for their commitment to the program and to the mission of Leadership Music.

If your participation in the class requires you to travel to Nashville, Leadership Music is not responsible for picking up any cost associated with, or booking air travel, hotel accommodations or ground transportation.  Leadership Music does pay for the overnight stay for the Friday Night Opening (Oct 19th) and Closing (May 17th) Retreats and provides transportation during the program day.  The class meets up at a central location and all ride a bus together during the actual program day(s).

What happens after I graduate in May?

At the end of the program year after graduation, the entire graduating class will be assigned to either co-chair or serve on a program day committee for the incoming class of Leadership Music.  The role you play is an important part of the process.  Alumni from many previous classes volunteer to serve on committees to help you create the program for the new class, along with the Leadership Music staff.  Orientation is in June, and committees will meet with the Leadership Music staff for a series of meetings throughout the year, beginning in July.  Those living outside Nashville will not be required to be present in Nashville for these meetings, but will serve as a key member of the committee.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Leadership Music office at (615) 770-7090

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