SOURCE–the Nashville music industry executive women’s organization–was honored to have Sally Williams, General Manager of The Ryman Auditorium along with two additional Ryman staff members, Lisaann Dupont, and Joshua Bronnenberg as guest speakers and panel at their October 27 luncheon at ASCAP. A short narrative film and historical retrospective of the life and work of Lula C. Naff, America’s “first lady” of theater management was shared with members followed by a Q & A.
Lula C. Naff‘s business and booking saavy brought respect and prestige to both the Ryman Auditorium and the city of Nashville. Legendary entertainers of stage and screen ranging from Katherine Hepburn to Harry Houdini, Ziegfeld Follies, Bob Hope, and political debates kept the building thriving for more than fifty years under Mrs. Naff’s guidance. Visit http://ryman.com/history/lula-c-naff for Ryman tours.
Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the annual SOURCE Awards were established to pay respect to and honor the women who helped develop and build upon the foundation of the music industry in Nashville. SOURCE also pays tribute to women who presently make major contributions with their work in the industry.