TANDY RICE RECEIVES NEW INDUSTRY HONOR
CMA congratulates longtime music industry leader Tandy Rice, who was honored on June 12 by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) as the first NATD Hall of Fame inductee.
A CMA Board member for more than a decade and its President in 1981, Rice played a significant role in bolstering the careers of Jim Ed Brown, Jerry Clower, Helen Cornelius, Tom T. Hall, The Kendalls, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner and many other Country notables. His many professional activities range from serving as President and CEO of Top Billing International to participating as a judge in two Miss America Pageants.
“For your immeasurable contributions to the Nashville community, with love, respect and deep gratitude, we hereby proclaim NATD charter-member and past President, Mr. Tandy Rice, the first inductee into the NATD Hall of Fame,” stated current NATD President Steve Tolman during a surprise presentation at the organization’s annual picnic June 10 at Nashville’s Fannie Mae Dees Park.
“What a great thing it is to be recognized by your peers in this way,” Tandy stated. “You are all so very dear to me. Through all the struggles and the adventures, we remain a family. If I had any advice to give you, it would be to just love one another and everything else will be okay.”
NATD is one of the longest-standing trade organizations for Nashville’s entertainment industry. Founded in 1958, NATD professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members.
Tandy Rice receives his NATD Hall of Fame Induction Award (l-r) Bonnie Sugarman, 1st VP, NATD; NATD Officer-At-Large Tony Conway; Rice; and NATD President Steve Tolman.