Hays Joins Franklin Theatre

New Franklin Theater Director Dan Hays.

The Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County today announced that Dan Hays will become the new Director for the Franklin Theatre. Hays previously headed the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) since 1990 and is expected to initially split his time between the two entities until early 2012 when a new IBMA leader is in place.

The Franklin Theatre recently enjoyed an $8 million renovation. Since its re-opening, the 300 seat venue has hosted a diverse musical lineup including Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, The Judds, Keb’ Mo’ and Sam Bush, plus sold out every show in its Franklin Theatre Live concert series.

Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart said the four-month executive search process was purposely intensive. “We owed it to our community to be very deliberate about finding the right person to lead the Franklin Theatre,” Stewart said. “We feel strongly that Dan Hays is the ideal choice and the theatre will build on its already phenomenal trajectory under his leadership.”

Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce said, “Dan has tremendous nonprofit management experience and a wealth of contacts in the music industry. He has proven his dedication to music and truly understands and appreciates the fabric of this community and all the Franklin Theatre is and can be.”

During Hay’s IBMA tenure, the organization developed from an association in its infancy to an influential music industry player. IBMA Board Chair Stan Zdonik said, “IBMA will sorely miss Dan. In his 21 years, IBMA has grown into a multifaceted resource for the bluegrass community. He approached the work of the organization with vigor and integrity and we were all the better for it. Speaking for the IBMA Board, we wish Dan all the best in his new position.”

“I am honored and look forward to joining the extraordinary staff at the Franklin Theatre,” Hays said. “This intimate historic Theatre is bursting with promise and is a vibrant cultural asset for our community and the talents we present.”

For more information on the Franklin Theater originally built in 1937 visit www.franklintheatre.com.

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