Leadership Music’s 30th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by CMA will mark the organization’s landmark 30th anniversary on Thursday, June 20 at TPAC’s War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The event will pay homage to two key elements of the three-decades-old program: education and fellowship. It will also serve as a homecoming celebrating the 1,200 alumni from throughout the world, many of whom will be in attendance.
Leadership Music was founded in 1989 by 12 music industry leaders who had all graduated from Leadership Nashville. When the 44 members of the Class of 2019 graduate next month, they will be the 30th class to complete the program.
Setting the tone for the educational component is keynote speaker Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, which now includes Pandora, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S. Mr. Meyer will be interviewed by veteran journalist Melinda Newman, Executive Editor, West Coast and Nashville for Billboard. She has covered culture and entertainment for more than 20 years for Billboard, Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur, among others.
Co-Chairs of the 30th Anniversary, artist manager Neal Spielberg and SoundExchange’s Linda Bloss-Baum noted: “We have been working together for almost two years with a dedicated committee and the Leadership Music staff, to present a celebration worthy of the level of excellence for which Leadership Music is renowned. We are very excited to present a conversation with CEO of SiriusXM, Jim Meyer, who will be interviewed by Melinda Newman of Billboard. We encourage all alums to attend this one-time-only event.”
Meyer joined SiriusXM, the world’s largest audio entertainment company and the premier programmer and platform for subscription- and advertising-supported audio products, in 2004 as President, Operation and Sales. He was elevated to CEO in 2012. With the addition of Pandora, SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products. Meyer oversees all aspects of the company’s operations from its New York City corporate headquarters.
Following the keynote address, the fellowship will continue with a cocktail reception, sponsored by Big Machine Vodka. The festivities conclude with a fun-filled Casino Night.
Leadership Music’s 30th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by CMA is made possible by Academy of Country Music, Big Machine Label Group, Monster Energy, Shackelford Law, City National Bank, FBMM, SoundExchange, Warner Music Nashville, WME, 102.1 TheVILLE/102.9 TheBUZZ/102.5 TheGAME, Studio Bank, The Vaden Group, Wiles + Taylor & Co., American University Kogod School of Business, Black River Entertainment, Farris Self & Moore and Pioneer Coach.
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