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Fourteenth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

October 19, 2022

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host an in-depth interview with the honoree on Nov. 15. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Oct. 19, 2022 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor acclaimed writer and music industry leader Kay West at its 14th annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater.In an in-depth interview with the museum’s Michael McCall, West will discuss her 40 years in media in Nashville and on Music Row.  

“This annual forum, begun in 2007, recognizes industry professionals who continue the legacy of Louise Scruggs, a formidable businesswoman and music industry trailblazer,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Kay West, with her longstanding passion for storytelling and her extensive media connections, helped further elevate Nashville and its musical reputation. Her impressive body of work as a writer and her ability to shine a spotlight on Nashville to the national media is a direct reflection of the dedication and spirit Louise Scruggs embodied.” 

As a journalist, Kay West has been a regular contributor to People and TV Guide magazines and a staff writer at the daily Nashville Banner and weekly Nashville Scene newspapers. Her well-received books include “How to Raise a Ladyand “How to Raise a Gentleman” and the cookbook “Around the Opry Table. Her resume includes high-profile positions as a record company media director (MCA, RCA), an independent publicist (Patty Loveless and Country Music Hall of Fame members Alan Jackson and George Strait) and an event and project manager for non-profit organizations and politicians.

She has also volunteered her time in support of local political causes and charitable organizations, including Women for Tennessee’s Future, Nashville CARES, Magdalene/Thistle Farms and more. 

The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum is presented by Gibson Gives. The philanthropic arm of Gibson the iconic American instrument brand, Gibson Gives has a strong focus on supporting the global music community. The program is free and open to the public. 

Louise Scruggs (1927-2006) was married to Country Music Hall of Fame member and banjo great Earl Scruggs. In the mid-1950s, she began booking and managing Flatt & Scruggs and their band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. She was the first woman in country music to assume these roles, and astutely guided her husband’s career for half a century. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum was first presented in 2007; past honorees include Kay Clary, Bebe Evans, Bonnie Garner, Dixie Hall, Cindy Mabe, Mary Martin, Bev Paul, Nancy Shapiro, Denise Stiff, Liz Thiels, Traci Thomas, Sarah Trahern, Marcie Allen Van Mol and Jo Walker-Meador. 

Additional information about the program can be found by visiting 

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