Country artists build bridges to Music City for students

Bridges to Nashville: Exciting Career Opportunities in Country Music is a five-month pilot program designed to educate college students of color nationwide about the country music industry. Sessions are free and open to all students.

Past sessions have included conversations with Jimmie Allen, Brittney Spencer, Philip Towns, Breland, Reyna Roberts, Shy Carter and Shannon Sanders, as well as professionals from all facets of Nashville’s music industry.

Beverly Keel, dean of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment, created and hosted the monthly webinars.

“The goal of this program is to educate students of color about country music in hopes that they will consider country music as a viable career path after graduation,” says Keel.

The series is co-sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment, the Academy of Country Music, BMI, the Country Music Association, Diversify the Stage, the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Nashville Music Equity.

To view past webinars, please go to

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