John Van Mol, Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, announced today that music publisher David Conrad will be honored with the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award. The award will be presented at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Oct. 16.
“David is everything a songwriter could want in a mentor: honesty and integrity, character and class,” Van Mol said. “As a music publisher, he loved the songs and he loved the writers, and served as their coach, teacher, psychologist, friend and business partner.”
The award is named after Frances W. Preston, who influenced and nurtured the careers of thousands of songwriters, performers and publishers in all genres of music during her five-decade career at BMI. Previous recipients of the award include music publisher Bob Beckham (2008), music publisher Bill Hall (2009) and Preston (2010).
The induction ceremony will also feature tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. This year’s inductees include John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin.
Tickets to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony can be purchased by contacting event director Mark Ford at (615) 256-3354 or [email protected].