This morning I attended the annual MusicRow MagazineWomen Rising on the Row” breakfast that recognizes and honors exceptional women who work in the music industry.  The women are nominated by their peers for their remarkable contributions to our community.  It’s no surprise the event was a sellout and included the best and the brightest of our folk in music.

Publisher Sherod Robertson opened the breakfast with a tribute to the hard work and leadership contributions of both his mother and grandmother. You should know Sherod is a longtime supporter of women and takes every opportunity to shine a light on talented leaders, not just at the awards.

A stellar panel (Tracy Gershon, Mary Hilliard Harrington, Rose Palermo and Ann Powers) shared insight and advice about their respective careers and experiences.  The resounding sentiment from all was about hard work and community – about recognizing those pioneers and women who have come before, set the bar high, and very much about helping others, especially other women.

Congratulations to Faithe Dillman (Founder/CEO Marlaboo), my hero and good friend Leslie DiPiero (General Manager Tree Vibez Music), Becky Gardenhire (Partner WME), Lynn Oliver-Cline (President/Founder River House Artists), Annie Ortmeier (VP Marketing Digital Accounts UMG Nashville) and Janet Weir (President 42 Entertainment, Manager Red Light Management).

Community and hard work define success in any business, but here in Nashville our industry operates as a family.  We support one another’s successes, and grieve together over loss. Talent surrounds us everywhere you look, and dreamers reside in every nook and cranny of the city.  We are all different, we all have different strengths, talents and opinions. But we are a community above all else.