Moderator Leeds Levy of Leeds Music will lead a conversation with Music Row mainstays David Conrad, Karen Conrad, and Pat Rolfe. The group will discuss the days of old and how each of them made a name for themselves in Nashville’s music industry.
David Conrad’s career spans over thirty five years in the music publishing business. He has played a major role in the development of Nashville as one of the world’s primary songwriting capitals. In 1981, Conrad opened the Nashville office of Almo (ASCAP) and Irving Music (BMI), the publishing arm of A&M Records. Through his direction, the company became a leader in cultivating songwriting of all genres placing hundreds of songs not only on the country music charts but pop, adult contemporary and R&B as well.
Karen Conrad began her career in the music industry as receptionist for the Hubert Long Agency, where she quickly discovered working with creatives and joined the world of songwriting and publishing. After working in promotion at Mercury Records and handling tour coordination and publishing administration for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Music, BMG Music Publishing appointed her to head its Nashville office. After a decade at BMG and rising to Sr. Vice President, Conrad retired in 2007.
Rolfe began her career with Lamar Fike at Hill & Range songs in 1966 where she stayed through 1972. That year she was elevated to General Manager, becoming one of the first females to head a major publishing company. In 1975, Chappell Music purchased the Hill & Range companies and Rolfe joined Chappell Music where she rose to the position of Vice President. In 1987, Connie Bradley offered her the position of Director of Membership Relations and she remained with ASCAP, rising to the position of Vice President, until 2010. She co-founded SOURCE Nashville and the Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament.
President of Leeds Music, Levy serves as co-chair of ASCAP’s Survey & Distribution Committee and as a member of ASCAP’s Strategic Planning, Governance and Legislative committees. Beginning his career in music publishing at ASCAP, Levy also spent time at MCA Music Publishing as MCA’s head of creative. Later appointed President of MCA’s worldwide operations, Levy grew the firm’s revenues sixfold by opening multiple offices in key global music markets, launching three separate and successful multi-genre record labels as well as in-house record production.
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