The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Bebe Evans and her niece, Marcie Allen Van Mol, at its 12th annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The museum annually presents the forum to recognize music industry leaders who continue the legacy of Louise Scruggs, a formidable businesswoman and trailblazer who set new professional standards in artist management.
In an in-depth interview, illustrated with photos, film footage, and recordings, the women will discuss their careers and the importance of maintaining an artist-centered focus while embracing industry change. Evans and Van Mol, the daughter and granddaughter of pioneering WLAC disc jockey Bill “Hoss” Allen, grew up in Nashville’s music industry, and channeled the knowledge they received from Allen into remarkable careers of their own.
Evans has worked for Charlie Daniels for nearly 40 years, and currently serves as his director of touring. She has coordinated numerous international tours and dozens of iterations of Daniels’ Volunteer Jam all-star benefit concert; she has also overseen Daniels’ recording and book projects. Evans was honored at the 2013 SOURCE Awards, recognizing women in Nashville’s music industry.
As president and founder of MAC Presents, Van Mol is a leader in brokering creative, high-profile partnerships between corporate brands such as AT&T, Citi, Verizon, and Southwest Airlines, and recording artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the Rapper, the Rolling Stones, and Keith Urban. Before founding MAC Presents, Van Mol owned MAD Booking and Events, where she produced hundreds of concerts and festivals around the South. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and has been prominently ranked in various Billboard power ratings.
The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum is co-presented by CMT and First Tennessee, with support provided by the Gibson Foundation. This program is free and open to the public, and will be live streamed.
Louise Scruggs (1927-2006) was married to Country Music Hall of Fame member and banjo great Earl Scruggs. In the mid-1950s, she began booking and managing his bluegrass band, Flatt & Scruggs. She was the first woman in country music to assume these roles, and astutely guided her husband’s career for half a century. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum was first presented in 2007; past honorees include, Denise Stiff, Liz Thiels, Mary Martin, Bonnie Garner, Sarah Trahern, Nancy Shapiro, Kay Clary, Jo Walker-Meador, Dixie Hall, Traci Thomas and Cindy Mabe.
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