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The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) in association with Country Aircheck has opened up nominations for the inaugural Rising Industry Professional Awards. These awards will recognize top young professionals in the Nashville entertainment industry who have shown excellence throughout their career and will continue to make a difference in the industry moving forward. Nominations are now open through February 1, 2020 and can be submitted at Employers, or peers, can nominate someone who has been working in the industry for a minimum of two years and no more than ten years in their current field. A committee comprised of members of the NATD board and Country Aircheck representatives will then narrow down the nominations to ten nominees, who will all be honored at the Rising Industry Professional Awards in May of 2020. After the awards, NATD members have the chance to vote for the Top NATD Rising Professional Of The Year award out of the 10 nominees. The winner will be honored at the NATD Honors Gala alongside industry heavyweights in November. Past Gala Honorees have been included George Jones, Randy Travis, Bernie Cahill, CAA’s Rod Essig, Governor Bill Haslam, Outback Presents’ Mike Smardak, Barbara Hubbard and more. About NATD The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today those members generate over $300 million dollars annually for Nashville-based artists. The organization not only serves as a forum for idea exchange among its members, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster camaraderie among "friendly competitors" which seems to be unique to the close-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. As part of its philanthropic program NATD provides scholarship funds for students showing exemplary performances in academics, civic duties, and personal goals. For more information, please visit

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