The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, also known as NaSHOF, has elected Pat Alger as its new chairman and Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, as its new vice chairman.
Per a Jan. 11 email sent to Examiner.com, other officers include songwriter Layng Martine Jr and Mike Dye, CEO of Mercury Supply Company, who remain the board’s secretary and treasurer, respectively. The organization’s outgoing chairman, John Van Mol, made the officer announcement.
“After years of hard work by so many former and current board members and through the generosity of numerous friends and music industry leaders, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will at last become a physical reality,” Hall of Fame songsmith Alger said.
“At this exciting time, it is a tremendous honor to be elected chair of this all-volunteer board, made up of these great songwriters and dynamic business leaders. There is still a lot of work to do and money left to raise," he continued, "but what an incredible team we have in place to do it.”
In addition to the aforementioned officers, the board's membership is composed of the following people:
Steve Bogard: Songwriter, Director of the Copyright Forum
Kye Fleming: Songwriter, Hall of Fame Member
Rich Hallworth: CEO of Corizon
Wayland Holyfield: Songwriter, Hall of Fame Member
David L. Maddox: Assistant Professor of Music Business, Belmont University
Robert K. Oermann: Nashville entertainment journalist, music critic, author and historian
Dr. Bo Thomas: Vice president for University Advancement, Belmont University
Troy Tomlinson: President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville
Mike Vaden: Director of Decosimo/Vaden
John Van Mol: CEO of DVL Public Relations & Advertising
More about the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation
To the world, Nashville is synonymous with music and songwriting because each art is crafted and perfected in the town known as Music City. Songwriters, in particular, have found a nurturing home in this culturally rich, diverse and growing city. To acknowledge and celebrate those who create the songs, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1970 and currently boasts 188 members.
Annually, at a joint dinner with the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), four additional writers are inducted into the elite Hall of Fame, which claims members from all genres of music, underscoring Nashville's musical diversity in the songwriting world.
For 42 years, the Hall of Fame has been a virtual one, until the announcement that it would occupy an actual space in the new, state-of-the-art Music City Center, scheduled to open in summer 2013. In addition to funding and operating the Hall of Fame, the broader mission of the NaSHOF is to educate, archive and celebrate the songwriters that are uniquely associated with the Nashville music community.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame includes such songwriting luminaries as Bobby Braddock, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Hal David, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Alan Jackson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams Sr. and Hank Williams Jr.