Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, presented for the first time in 2007, was created to honor a music industry leader who represents the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs. Her understanding of music and musical trends, coupled with her formidable business acumen, allowed her to steer her husband Earl Scruggs’s career toward ever-widening audiences. In 1955, she began booking and managing the Flatt & Scruggs show, and she continued to guide her husband’s career until her passing in February 2006. As the first woman in country music to assume these roles, she set new standards for the industry. ​

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Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum
  • Bev Paul • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, 2020

    Bev Paul traces her career from managing a folk club to leading Sugar Hill Records during this forum, held February 20, 2020, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and named for one of the Nashville music industry’s most formidable female music industry figures, Louise Scruggs.

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  • Kay Clary • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, 2013

    This wide-ranging interview, conducted by the Museum’s Michael McCall on December 4, 2013, covers music executive Kay Clary’s life and career in promoting rock, country, and Americana musicians. Clary helped lay the groundwork for Nashville’s Americana music scene, working in public relations and...

  • Jo Walker-Meador • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, 2014

    Jo Walker-Meador, former longtime executive director of the Country Music Association, reflects on three decades as one of the most influential female executives in country music in this wide-ranging 2014 interview. During her tenure, the CMA built the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 196...

  • Dixie Hall • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, 2015

    Dixie Hall’s life and work are honored in the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum for 2015. The late wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, she was a musical force in her own right. The Museum’s Peter Cooper hosts the program—which includes video, photos, and live musical performances—a...

  • Cindy Mabe • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

    The 11th Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum spotlights record label executive Cindy Mabe, who's helped shepherd dozens of high-profile country music careers, including those of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood, at labels including Arista Records, RCA Records, Capitol Records, an...