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In celebration of the important ongoing work of our foundation, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

We know you’ll enjoy getting to know them as much as we have!  For this snapshot, we’d like to introduce you to our newest board member, Nashville-based: Ellen Truley.

Ellen’s resume and exceptional professional achievements are far too numerous to list here, but highlights include: Forming and serving as CEO of her own music industry marketing consulting company Ellen Truley Consulting, and her highly successful 22 year tenure as a music industry executive at the Music Rights Organization SESAC Holdings, Inc.; most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations.

For three consecutive years, Ellen was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Women in Music and commemorated at Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music City Awards for three consecutive years.

We wanted to share a few photos and highlights of Ellen in action “doing what she does” so well.

Reba and Ellen Truley celebrating at the Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music City Awards. The awards celebrate women working in the music business who are making a creative and economic impact on the industry.

In addition to her service as a board member of The Musicians Foundation, Ellen also generously serves on the boards of the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and serves on the communications committee for the Copyright Alliance. She is also a member of The Recording Academy, The Americana Music Association, CMA and ACM.

Peter Frampton and Robin Rains with Ellen and Todd Truley at the Best Cellars Dinner hosted by the TJ Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by the entertainment industry which funds innovative cancer research.

During her stellar career, as a star among stars…Truley has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s most prolific songwriters and composers, as well as their teams, including Bob Dylan, Adele, Neil Diamond, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, RUSH, Lady Antebellum, Green Day, Charli XCX, American Authors, Zac Brown, Jonathan Wolff, Randy Newman and more.   

Ellen Truley, ET Brown of SESAC and Songwriter and pop star Kesha catch up before her show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 27

Ellen is a champion of songwriters, and has also supervised participation at countless songwriter showcases and festivals to continually raise awareness of company brands. In addition, she served as the executive producer for all SESAC productions, including the Pop Music Awards, Nashville Music Awards, Film/TV Music Awards, Christian Music Awards, and Latina Music Awards.

Ellen Truley, Peter Asher, Shun Ng (fingerstyle guitar virtuoso who was presented with Songmasters’ prestigious 2016 Holly Prize at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 9), music executive Linda Lorence Critelli.

Ellen recently attended the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards, inductees included: Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor p/k/a “Kool & The Gang,” John Mellencamp and Allee Willis, plus honorees Sara Bareilles, Neil Diamond and Sir Lucian Grainge

Linda Moran, President and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Ellen Truley attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner After Party at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2018 in New York City.

In her 22 years at SESAC, Ellen wore several leadership and executive hats; most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, overseeing global marketing initiatives for the music rights organization.  We also think that she probably knows “EVERYBODY” in the music industry!!

Ellen Truley and Marcie Allen, President of MAC Presents at the SESAC Pop Music Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street NYC.

If there is a music conference, a songwriters festival, an awards show, or any music industry event- then Ellen Truley will be on the scene. 

Music executives Ellen Truley and Dennis Lord give Paul Shaffer a warm welcome prior to Shaffer’s (and The World’s Most Dangerous Band) performance at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, June 9, 2018.

Recently, Ellen led a mentoring session at SXSW 2018 in music industry marketing, PR, sponsorships, digital strategies, performing rights and more.  Clearly, she has a tremendous wealth of professional marketing expertise and global business acumen to offer.  Notably having spearheaded the development, strategy and execution of partnerships including City National Bank, Delta Air Lines, Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Netflix, Maker’s Mark, Icelandic Glacial Water, Red Bull, ReverbNation and so much more.

Music Executive Trevor Gale, SESAC Vice President (and Musicians Foundation Board Chair)James Leach, George Clinton, Ellen Truley and Sony’s Liz Cost catch up before Mr. Clinton’s show at SXSW.

We look forward to working with Ellen, and are honored and thrilled to welcome her to the Board of Directors for The Musicians Foundation!