The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville represents a history that we humble music industry servants are working to build upon and expand. We all like to think that long after we’re gone, something we touched will live on within those walls.
It’s partially true, at any rate. While most of us probably won’t Chesney our way into the history books, the Hall of Fame will at least do its part to beautifully and thoroughly preserve whatever history deems worthy.
That’s at least part of the idea behind the creation of the HoF’s Troubadour Society, a new membership level aimed at engaging younger professionals in the music industry. The group’s launch event was held at the HoF last night (9/18) and offered performances by Eric Paslay and Edens Edge as well as dance-friendly mashup country tunes spun by DeeJay Silver. Eden’s Edge also donated some stage clothing for the Museum’s collection. (Full disclosure: I was also part of the advisory committee tasked with creating the group).
Over 400 guests showed up to drink, eat, schmooze and learn more. The Museum also graciously opened its galleries so guests could see the exhibits currently on display (like the newly opened Patsy Cline collection) and marvel at the meticulous work that goes into each.
Here’s how the Troubadour Society membership works: The $60 annual fee gets you free unlimited admission to the Museum for a year, an invitation to a private annual event for young members, free entrance to Hot Nights at the Hall summer concerts, invitations to exhibit openings, advance ticket purchase opportunities, an invitation to networking events with Nashville community leaders, and a 10 percent discount at the museum store, restaurant, and Hatch Show Print Retail.
More information on the group here.