Carr, Cates Receive 2019 Women in Music City Award

Cates and Carr pose with their awards
Sarah Cates, left, and Cheryl Slay Carr, right, both received the Nashville Business Journal Women in Music City Award for 2019.

Cheryl Carr, associate dean and associate professor of music business, and Sarah Cates, director of development and industry relations for Belmont’s Curb College, received the Nashville Business Journal Women in Music City Award for 2019. The award recognizes women who are instrumental in shaping Nashville’s music industry. 

Award nominations are solicited, and nominees are asked about their accomplishments and contributions to the music industry for the preceding year. Honorees are women working in all facets of the music business, from entertainment lawyers and entrepreneurs and a range of other professions, who are deemed to impact their spheres of influence within the industry. 

Carr explained the award shines a light on the efforts of women that might otherwise go unnoticed. “In an industry that celebrates artists, the Women in Music City Award celebrates those who work to support the business of that artistry. It also showcases just how many women are integral to that infrastructure,” she said. “It is an honor to be recognized for what you do, particularly for doing what is so meaningful to me, and has been for many years. I’ve worked in the entertainment industry as a lawyer, singer, author and now as professor and administrator, and I am grateful to be recognized as part of the entertainment community.”

Cates said, “I’m honored to be on a list with so many women I admire. This recognition is a statement to the important work we all do at Belmont—what we do to serve the entertainment industry and our students matters immensely to the creative community. I’m grateful I get to be a part of it!”