The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has added two new staff directors and promoted one.
John Goodwin recently joined the museum as Director of Digital Marketing, John Sloboda joins as Director of Exhibitions, and Sydney Gilbert has been promoted to Associate Director of Creative Project Management.
In his role, Goodwin will oversee the digital marketing team, contribute to the museum’s owned media initiatives, and help expand public access to the museum’s collections. He served as communications manager at MTSU for over six years, where he oversaw digital communications, social media strategy and video production for the marketing and communications division. He also served as an executive producer for True Blue TV, the university’s television station. Prior to joining MTSU, Goodwin was an account executive at WKRN News 2 and Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As Director of Exhibitions, Sloboda will guide all phases of the museum’s gallery exhibition program, from conception and design through fabrication and installation. He will lead the exhibits team in collaboration with curatorial, creative, education and editorial staff to create 12 temporary exhibits each year that draw from the museum’s collections and interpret the history of the country genre. Sloboda comes to the museum from the exhibitions department at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he worked for nearly 12 years, ultimately serving as the Director of Museum Design and Exhibitions. He most recently held the role of Director of Exhibits and Creative at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
In her new position, Gilbert will direct the strategy, workload and timelines for all of the museum’s creative and content initiatives. Prior to joining the museum, she most recently served as development manager at the Queens Museum in New York City, where she launched a unique membership program connecting members with the museum’s World’s Fair archive and the opportunity to own museum-quality editions from its collection. Prior to her promotion, Gilbert was the museum’s Creative Project Manager.