Americana Music Festival & Conference is Nashville’s Premier Music Business Event

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Americana Music Festival & Conference is Nashville’s Premier Music Business Event  

$325 for Members/$425 for Non-Members Rates Expire September 13, 2016  

50 Panels and Workshops Covering All Aspects of the Music Biz  

Radio Slate of Panels Announced

If you are in the business of music, the Americana Music Festival & Conference (September 20-25) is a must attend event.  The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration featuring 50 music business seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, intimate showcases each night.

Some of the conference highlights for AmericanaFest 2016 can be viewed here.

We are pleased to present our initial Radio slate of panels (see below), and will have more updates in the coming weeks.

Our business conference panels are focused on the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.

And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association or in the music industry to purchase a conference registration and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be apart of the conference experience. For the Americana music super fan we are now offering All-Americana Silver and Gold Fan Packages, bringing you unprecedented festival and conference access to music fans and industry professionals alike.

Here is a sampling of Radio Panels that will be featured this year:

Crossing The Bridge From Americana to AAA 

Americana radio stations have broken a lot of acts that have subsequently crossed over to AAA radio and beyond while providing a home for some heritage acts who are no longer in vogue at AAA. This panel looks at the success stories, ways to replicate them.

Brad Paul (Brad Paul Media) Moderator


Bruce Warren – WXPN/Philadelphia, PA

David Safar – KCMP/Minneapolis MN

Stacy Owen – WFPK/Louisville, KY

Sky Daniels – KCSN/Los Angeles, CA


AMA Chart Mechanics (part 1 & 2)

Part 1: Having issues with the AMA chart? There are some key solutions that can make the chart more user friendly. Come to the panel to express your problems with the chart and possibly learn some new tricks on how to make it more user friendly for you. Part 2: A lively discussion about what the AMA chart means to radio programmers, promoters, labels, artists, booking agents etc… Should there be a singles chart, if so why?

Moderator: Hugh Foley – KUSH/Stillwater, OK


Michele Rhoades – Radio Development – Americana Music Association

Chuck Taylor – KHYI/Dallas, TX

Al Moss -Al Moss Promotion, Nashville, TN

Jason Samuel – WGCS/Goshen, IN


Songlines Music Meeting

This popular session allows attendees to participate in a simulated Music Meeting where we’ll listen to a dozen great, mostly yet-to-be-released new songs that the room will score and discuss in detail. Find out why programmers (radio, TV, internet, music bloggers) make the choices they do and how we all hear music in different ways. It’s always fun, informative, good natured and packed, so get there early!
Moderated by Songlines’ Sean Coakley and Leslie Rouffe
The Kids Are Alright, Re-youthing Americana Radio

How to attract a younger audience with Americana programming. How to find and develop younger on air and behind the scenes talent for Americana Radio. Plus what you can learn from your “youngers”.

Moderator: Dan Buckley – WRLT/Nashville, TN


Greg Vandy – KEXP/Seattle, WA

Bill DeVille – KCMP/Minneapolis, MN

Nelson Gullett – WDVX/Knoxville, TN


The Record Retailer and Radio Connection

How do stations work with local and online retail to help spread their brand and maybe even generate revenue. What are the incentives for retailers to partner with radio? Can these partnerships effectively battle decline in music sales? Find the answers to these questions and more….

Moderator: Bill Maupin – Yep Roc Records


Doyle Davis – Grimey’s/Nashville, TN

Gary Kraen – WRLT/Nashville

Scott Register  – Think Indie Distribution/Coalition Of Independent Music  Stores

Bill Bowker – KRSH/Santa Rosa, CA


Community Radio Forum, Managing a Volunteer Staff and Fund Raising tips

How to motivate and manage volunteers and strive for a cohesive on air sound with many different on-air voices and view points. Plus fund drive strategies, do’s and don’ts of successful fund raising, ways to find money to replace disappearing grants.

Moderator Randy Wind – WMNF/Tampa, FL


Nick Aquisto – KDHX/St. Louis,  MO

Heather Lose – WXNA/Nashville, TN

Jerry Treacy – WFDU/Teaneck, NJ


It’s all 1’s and 0’s to me! Programming Software, Managing Your Digital Library, and Adapting to the Digital Delivery of Music. (say goodbye to the CD) 

Radio professionals discuss on-air programming software options, digital library management tools, and best practices for integrating digital delivery of music into your station’s systems with an eye toward identifying the issues and offering the solutions.

Moderator: Jessie Scott – WMOT/Murfreesboro,TN


Greg Torrington (Stingray Music)

Laurie Gail (Play MPE) –

Martin Anderson – WNCW/Asheville, NC




About the Americana Music Association

The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Epiphone, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, and AT&T. For more information, or to purchase an Americana Music Festival & Conference registration, please visit

About AmericanaFest

The 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 20-25, 2016. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. T Bone Burnett will be delivering the keynote speech. For information on how to purchase a conference registration, please click here.

All-Americana Silver and Gold Fan Packages are now available for AmericanaFest 2016! Enjoy festival and conference access like never before!

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