Nashville, TN -- To honor the memory of a Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame icon, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present an interview with Recording Academy Senior Vice President of Membership Services Nancy Shapiro at the sixth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Ford Theater. A reception will follow the program. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org or call 615-416-2040 for more details.
Made possible by the Gibson Foundation, the forum was established in 2007 to explore issues related to the business side of the music industry and annually recognizes an individual who represents the legacy of pioneering agent-manager Louise Scruggs, the adoring wife and savvy business partner of Country Music Hall of Fame member Earl Scruggs.
Previous honorees are Denise Stiff, Liz Thiels, Mary Martin, Bonnie Garner and Sarah Trahern.
The forum interview with Shapiro, who has served over 25 years with the Recording Academy, will be hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray. As he tracks the history of her career, Gray will invite Shapiro’s memories of the educational and professional development initiatives she has cultivated; the various industry leadership roles she has held; and the opportunities and challenges she has met. The interview will be enhanced by video clips and vintage photos from the museum's archives, Shapiro's personal collection and other sources.
Since joining the Recording Academy in 1985, Shapiro has championed programs engaging music and education communities across the country. She is the highest ranking woman at the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, the charitable MusiCares Foundation and more.
After studying elementary education at the University of Oklahoma and spending time as a stay-at-home mom, Shapiro moved with her family to Nashville in 1975. She worked as a catering sales manager for a Nashville hotel and then as a publicist for a TV production company before accepting a job as executive director of the Recording Academy’s Nashville Chapter in 1985.
Over 25-plus years, Shapiro has risen through the ranks, serving as South Regional Director and National Field Director. She helped establish five new chapters—Texas, Florida, Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In 2012, Shapiro was promoted to Senior Vice President of Membership Services. Based in Nashville and Los Angeles, she oversees all 12 of the Recording Academy chapters across the country, as well as the organization’s Corporate Governance, GRAMMY U, Producers & Engineers Wing and GRAMMY Professional Development arms.
Under Shapiro’s leadership, GRAMMY U, which connects music-focused college students with the industry’s top professionals through career development and networking opportunities, has grown to more than 5,000 members. The Producers & Engineers Wing brings together top record producers and engineers for advocacy and education. GRAMMY Professional Development programs engage the organization’s professional members with today’s top musical acts.
As a member of Nashville’s Music City Music Council, Shapiro played a major role in the development of Music Makes Us: The Nashville Music Education Project, a program designed to revamp Metro Nashville Public Schools’ music education curriculum. The program also provides for a high school record label, in partnership with Warner Music; a mentorship program with music executives; and a curriculum including classes in songwriting, rock band and hip-hop performance and production.
In addition to her leadership roles with Music City Music Council and Music Makes Us, Shapiro serves on the Country Music Association’s Board of Directors. Her work has been recognized with an Executive Award from the National Women Executives, the Founders Award from Music Row Industry Summit and the Women of Influence Award from Southern Living magazine.
Setting new professional standards in artist management, Louise Certain Scruggs played a key role in bringing the music of Flatt & Scruggs and the Earl Scruggs Revue to audiences well beyond the traditional country norm—a role she relished until her death in 2006.
A doting wife and mother accomplished in the domestic arts, and a culturally literate accountant who was nobody's fool, Scruggs was known for her knowledge of music and music trends, and better known for the formidable business acumen that helped her open or close doors in the best interests of her husband and sons. Protective, stern and confident as a business woman, she loved music as a life force central to her being and her humanity. On September 30, 2010, Louise Scruggs was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
“In the sixth Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, we are proud to recognize Nancy Shapiro for her passion for engaging and educating the music industry leaders of today…and tomorrow.” said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “Education is at the core of both the museum’s and the Gibson Foundation’s missions. It is our pleasure to spotlight Nancy’s dedication to further the musical arts and education on the high school level here in Nashville and at the collegiate and professional levels across the country.”
Founded in 2002 as the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children worldwide through its own initiatives and by its support of other non-profit organizations that advance music and the arts, health and welfare, education and environmental causes. For more information, please visit www.GibsonFoundation.org or www.Gibson.com.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.