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A Celebration of Possibilities

Inspire Nashville is an event honoring and celebrating our community and the individuals who give their heart and soul to make it what it is. There are few places that capture the heart, open up the soul, and inspire growth and change like Nashville. This energy and culture is made possible by the tireless efforts of those who make an impact daily by giving back to their communities and inspiring those in need. We set out to honor those silent heroes who serve on your boards, help at your soup kitchens and make our world a better place with the annual Inspiration Award honoring inspiring service to the community.

Our goal is to select an individual whose actions and service line up with the heart and mission of The Onsite Foundation. We will recognize and acknowledge his or her contributions to the community while celebrating everyone who lives with a greater purpose. Please join us as we bring together the creative forces of music and the spoken word for an unforgettable inspiring evening that you won’t forget!

2017 Inspiration Award Recipient:

Troy Tomlinson

After high school, Troy Tomlinson pursued what he thought was his lifelong vocation as a machinist. His first job following graduation was an apprenticeship position at a plastics company in Portland. While working there, he received second and third degree burns on both hands. At the time, a new acquaintance of his, Cliff Williamson, was searching for a trainee song-plugger at a newly formed publishing company, Multimedia Entertainment in Nashville. Williamson heard of Tomlinson’s accident and in 1983, he hired Tomlinson and started him on what was to be his life work, music publishing.

After Multimedia was sold, one of Tomlinson’s songwriters, Don King, asked Tomlinson to help him start his own company. Not long thereafter, Muscle Shoals studio mogul Rick Hall tapped Tomlinson to run the Nashville division of Hall’s publishing company, Fame Music Group. In 1988 Tomlinson caught the attention of Jerry Bradley, who had become president of Gaylord Entertainment’s 16th Avenue Records and Acuff-Rose Music Publishing. Bradley brought Tomlinson to Acuff-Rose, where he worked with famed songwriters Dean Dillon, Skip Ewing, Jim Weatherly, and Whitey Shafer, among others. Tomlinson is also credited with the discovery of Kenny Chesney, the Country Music Association’s four time Entertainer of the Year. While at Acuff-Rose, he secured hit recordings by platinum artists Alabama, Collin Raye, Conway Twitty, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Tracy Byrd, Gary Allan, George Strait, and Bryan White. He also obtained a record deal at RCA Records for platinum artist, Aaron Tippin.

During Tomlinson’s 14 years at Acuff-Rose Music Publishing, he rose through the ranks to the position of Executive Vice President of Acuff-Rose Music Publishing. In the summer of 2002, Gaylord Entertainment sold Acuff-Rose to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which had previously purchased Tree International, Acuff-Rose’s perennial rival. Tomlinson was asked by then President/CEO, Donna Hilley, to join the company as Vice President of Creative. In 2005, Tomlinson was appointed President/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. While continuing to work with the aforementioned artists, he has also overseen the songwriting careers of artists such as Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Gary Levox (Rascal Flatts), Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry, Johnnyswim, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice.

In addition to Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s writer/artists, Tomlinson also guides the careers of hit songwriters Tom Douglas, Casey Beathard, Jaren Johnston, Monty Criswell, Shane Minor, Jim Beavers, Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock and Bob DiPiero to name a few. He is responsible for stewarding the massive song catalogs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Hank Cochran, Roy Acuff and the Everly Brothers.

Under Tomlinson’s leadership in 2007, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville became the only country music publishing company in history to win the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) Country Publisher of the Year, Broadcast Music International’s (BMI) Country Publisher of the Year, the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers’ (SESAC) Country Publisher of the Year, and Billboard’s Publisher and Publishing Corporation of the Year, the same year. Additionally, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has been named BMI’s Publisher of the Year for an unprecedented 15 consecutive years, as well as Billboard’s Country Publisher of the Year for the same time period. In July 2012, with Sony’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, Tomlinson added to his responsibilities the songs of Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Guy Clark, John Bettis, Chris Young, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, and Thomas Rhett to name a few. In April 2016, Tomlinson was honored with Belmont University’s 2016 Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence for his outstanding three decade career on Nashville’s Music Row.

Past Recipients

  • 2016: Tracie and Scott Hamilton

    Philanthropist and Olympic Gold Medalist Figure Skater

    Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation

  • 2014: Rod Essig

    Music Agent

    Creative Artists Agency

  • 2013: Pete Fisher

    Vice President, General Manager

    Grand Ole Opry

The Onsite Foundation

The Onsite Foundation seeks to provide funding to aid in the healing and rebuilding of individuals, couples, and families who are struggling from the effects of trauma, abuse, acute stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, etc. which in turn leads to a healthier, happier community and society.

The board of The Onsite Foundation is comprised of active volunteers who cover all of the non-profit’s expenses so that each and every gift goes directly to the source of emotional health and well-being of individuals, couples, and families who need it most.

The Onsite Foundation board members are: David Adams, Christiev Alphin, Dave Berg, Warren Brent, Debbie Carroll, Irma Harris, John Ingram, Jewel, John Huie, Joey Lee, John Kelly, Marion Kraft, Tami Olin, LeAnn Phelan and Wynonna.

The Director of The Onsite Foundation, Deanna Wantz, runs the day to day operations. Feel free to contact her with any questions at:  deanna@onsiteworkshops.com.

*Please know that a significant portion of your ticket to Inspire Nashville will support scholarships for the non-profit organization, The Onsite Foundation, whose mission is to educate and empower worthy individuals seeking emotional health and well-being who could not otherwise afford it.