In 1976 – Kyle Young answered a newspaper ad seeking ticket takers for the new Country Music Hall of Fame. 41 years later – he is still working for the Hall of Fame, only now as the Director of the Museum.
Kyle has had his current role with the Country Music Hall of Fame for nearly two decades – and he has overseen a crosstown relocation, flood, and a $100m expansion.
Kyle joins me today to talk about the evolution music industry – and what he believes the future of music will be, what makes a great mentor, and how to be a good leader. Ladies and gentlemen – please welcome Kyle Young.
- First day of work was April 30, 1976 at 22 years old – answered a newspaper ad seeking ticket takers for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Music Row
- Kyle has been the CEO for 2 decades!
- The Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the 10 largest history museums in the country
- It has more than 1 million visitors annually
- If you want to keep growing your nonprofit organization, you’ve gotta keep looking at that bottom line
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an opportunity to stay relevant which is one of their goals
- They approach the country music scene very democratically – where it’s heard, what happened in the past and what the future holds
- It’s important to have exhibitions on the big names but also for the lesser known artists who are contributing greatly to the genre
- Last year, Randy Travis was inducted into the Hall of Fame
- The things that are on the horizon for the Museum are:
- Expanding educational reach
- Increase young student population awareness
- Digitizing the museum content to make it more accessible
- Perhaps a recording studio on location
This is What I Learned
- Don’t forget in your business, to honor the past
- Creating an experience that’s intimate for your customer can have a positive ripple effect
Country Music Hall of Fame Director/CEO Kyle Young
- Twitter Handle: @KyoungKyle
- Other Twitter Handle: @Countrymusichof
- Facebook- countrymusichof
- Instagram- officialcmhof