One Possum Grad Will Open For The King Of Country
“Step right up, come on in if you’d like to take the grand tour.”
That’s the classic tune one lucky graduate of George Jones University will be hearing this September. Legendary performer George Jones has made a generous gift to the program that bears his name. All registrants for the upcoming GJU session will have the opportunity to perform in a competition for the coveted position of opening act at a future George Jones concert.
“The namesake of our program has given us a gift of indescribable magnificence,” asserts Tandy Rice, Dean of George Jones University, who along with George and his wife, Nancy, founded the program in 2006.
“This worldwide talent search takes everything we do to a whole new level.”
The 2-day seminar program, held twice each year, provides a unique and substantive learning environment for music industry hopefuls. Student “possums” attend classes at the Franklin, TN private ranch of George and Nancy Jones where successful entrepreneurs and industry executives provide the instruction.
GJU program topics include touring, performing, booking, management, finances, working with record labels and publishers, and other areas of interest presented by industry executives.
The lineup of professionals slated to present at the September 25-27 program includes Bob Whittaker, former General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry; Helen Cornelius, artist and Grand Ole Opry member; John Zarling, Director of New Media for Big Machine Records and The Valory Music Co.; Martha Moore, Publicist, So Much Moore Media; Philip K. Lyon, Attorney, Phillips & Lyon, PLLC; Stephen Cochran, artist on Aria Records; Blair Durham, Attorney; and Bill Cody, broadcast personality, WSM and GAC. Presenters speak about their area of expertise and then allow time for Q&A with the students.