Ryman Auditorium Honored as SRO Venue of the Year
Nashville's Iconic Ryman Auditorium Honored as SRO Venue of the Year
Presented by CMA
General Manager Sally Williams Named IEBA's Venue Executive of The Year
NASHVILLE, TN (October 11, 2012) - In a special ceremony held Tuesday evening as part of the annual IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) Conference, the Ryman was awarded the SRO Venue of the Year presented by CMA (Country Music Association). 2012 has been a record-setting year for the world renowned venue. The Ryman already has welcomed over 125,000 concert fans and will have hosted 250 events by year-end. Highlights on the Ryman stage thus far in 2012 include: Ben Folds Five, The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt, The Civil Wars, Diana Ross, Dierks Bentley, Jack White, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Mumford & Sons, Ringo Starr and Trace Adkins. Industry trade publication Pollstar recently ranked the Ryman nineteenth among theatres in the U.S. and twenty-fifth world-wide based on ticket sales through the end of the third quarter 2012.
"We are humbled by the accolades bestowed upon us by our peers," said Sally Williams, General Manager of the Ryman. "Our team strives day in and day out to provide the best entertainment and to create memorable experiences for both artists and audiences. We thank the industry for this recognition."
Also during the IEBA Conference, Williams was named Venue Executive of the Year. A well-respected live music industry veteran, she has been with the venue since 2008 and is only the eighth general manager in the building's 120-year history. She plays an active role in the community including serving on the Music City Music Council and the Executive Committee for Leadership Music as President Elect. Williams also was honored as Promoter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2010.
"Sally has provided exceptional leadership for the Ryman. Her passion for the Ryman as a business and as an American cultural icon is shared by her extraordinary staff," said Steve Buchanan, President, Grand Ole Opry Group of Ryman Hospitality Properties. "Sally continues to build the relevance and importance of this revered venue for both fans and artists alike as the best place to hear music or to perform on the planet."
Upcoming shows at the Ryman include: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals October 12 & 13, Jamey Johnson October 16, Rufus Wainwright October 19, Shaquille O'Neal presents All Star Comedy Jam October 20, STS9 October 24, Opry Country Classics October 25, Alanis Morissette October 26, moe. October 27, Bonnie Raitt October 28, Ian Anderson October 30, David Sedaris November 1, Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds November 5, STYX November 8, Regina Spektor November 11, Chris Young November 15, Christmas For Kids featuring Charlie Daniels & Friends November 19, Ray LaMontagne November 29, Skaggs Family Christmas December 6, Brian Setzer's Christmas Extravaganza December 9, Straight No Chaser December 13, Andrew Peterson & Friends December 16 & 17, Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas December 18, 19, & 20, and Old Crow Medicine Show December 31. The venue also hosts the annual winter run of Opry at the Ryman Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays November 2 through January 26, 2013.
About Ryman Auditorium A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just has it has for over 120 years. The venue was voted the 2010 and 2011 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com