Breaking news out of Nashville this afternoon as Sally Williams, who in addition to her other duties is the General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, is leaving and has accepted a new position in Nashville.
Here is the press release:
Ryman Hospitality Properties & Opry Entertainment Group SVP/Programming & Artist Relations Sally Williams has been named President/Nashville Music & Business Strategy for Live Nation. Beginning in September, she'll oversee the company's business and entertainment strategy in Nashville, including venues Ascend Amphitheater, The Quarry and The Brooklyn Bowl. She reports to President/US Concerts Bob Roux.
"Sally is a Nashville music industry icon and the perfect executive to oversee Live Nation’s growing footprint in Nashville," Roux says. "She's spent decades contributing to the success of Nashville artists, venues, and events, and certainly the community itself, and we’re extremely fortunate to have someone with her industry knowledge and dedication to live music join our company."
Adds Williams, "For decades, Nashville has not only been my home, but also my passion. It's been a privilege to be in the middle of such incredible growth and I'm excited about what’s on the horizon." Williams has spent almost 20 years with the Ryman and Opry, rising to her most recent position in 2017.
While her time at the Opry was short, it was pretty eventful with a number of new members and what appeared to be a much better atmosphere at the Opry.
No news as to any possible replacements.