Opry Entertainment Group Elevates Dolly Chandler To Senior Talent Buyer

Dolly Chandler has been promoted to Senior Talent Buyer on the Opry Entertainment Group’s Artist Relations & Programming Team. In her elevated role, Chandler will oversee the programming strategy for Ole Red Nashville as well as working to further develop cross-network and special programming initiatives across the Ole Red brand.

Since joining the company as Talent Buyer in early 2017, Chandler has executed the programming strategy for Ole Red, booking nearly 10,000 hours of music and 175 different artists among the brand’s three locations. She has also played an instrumental role in the development of Ole Red’s new “Neon Light Program,” which supports up-and-coming artists by hosting artist performance residencies across the Ole Red network. The platform also boosts these artists’ goals by providing promotional and content creation support.

Opry Entertainment Group has also hired Mallorie McRea as Talent Buyer on its Artist Relations & Programming team. Reporting to Chandler, she manages the day-to-day live music schedule for Ole Red Gatlinburg as well as the forthcoming Ole Red Orlando, which is expected to open at ICON Park in Orlando in late spring 2020. She also will be assisting with programming needs for Ole Red Tishomingo.

McRea joins the company from Outback Presents where she worked as Show Coordinator, overseeing the buying and promotional efforts for each of the venue’s music and comedy shows. Prior to that, she was a Junior Agent at Atomic Music Group, assisting with tour management for the group’s acts. McRea has also spent time with The Family Wash, Tennessee Brew Works and City Winery Nashville where she worked on various artist relations initiatives.

As part of the Artist Relations & Programming team, both Chandler and McRea will collaborate with Jordan Pettit, Director of Artist Relations & Programming Strategy in working to maintain strong industry relationships and continue developing artist friendly initiatives across Opry Entertainment’s business.


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