Connie Bradley, Former ASCAP Senior Vice President and Influential Music Industry Leader, Passes Away at 75
March 24, 2021
Connie Bradley, who worked for more than three decades with ASCAP (1976 - 2010) and rose through the ranks from her start as a Membership Representative to Senior Vice President and Nashville Head, has died. Bradley was a fierce advocate for music creators. Under her leadership, ASCAP signed and supported the careers of Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Crowell, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, John Rich, George Strait, Sugarland, Wynonna and Chris Young, among many more.
For many years, Bradley was among an elite group of dedicated professionals whose talent and vision helped to shape the Nashville music community into the creative force it is today.
Bradley was a passionate advocate for music creators. But she was also a focused businesswoman who was driven to achieve the best for ASCAP writers and publishers. She was at the forefront of the movement to secure better legislation to protect the intellectual property of songwriters. She personally nurtured and encouraged countless songwriters whose music is now heard around the world.
The 2008 Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award, which is given to recognize music industry leaders who exemplify the highest quality of leadership and leading by example, was presented to Connie and “Music Row’s First Family” – the Bradleys.
In December 2006, Bradley was presented the Harmony Award at Nashville’s 22nd annual Symphony Ball. The Harmony Award is the Symphony Ball’s highest honor, presented to an individual who has demonstrated continued interest and support of music in Nashville. In 2012, SOURCE, a nonprofit organization that supports a community of accomplished women professionals in all facets of Nashville’s entertainment industry, inducted Bradley into the SOURCE Hall of Fame. In 2018, Bradley was presented the Country Music Association’s Irving Waugh Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who is the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved country music’s influence on a national or international level for the benefit of the industry as a whole.
Bradley served as the past-chairman of St. Thomas/Baptist Hospital Health Services Foundation Board from 2004-2006. She previously served on the Board of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation. Bradley was also a member of the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Copyright Society of the South, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and SOURCE.
“Connie Bradley was a mentor to so many of country music's greatest songwriters and an indelible part of ASCAP's history,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “She was a maverick leader in country music with an enormous heart who passionately advocated for the songwriters she loved so much. ASCAP and country music lost an iconic leader today. Our hearts go out to her family and the large community of songwriters who loved her."
“Connie Bradley was a trailblazing woman in the music industry and under her leadership, ASCAP’s community of songwriters and publishers in Nashville grew in strength and impact for more than three decades,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Her legacy of hard work, vision, integrity and passion will continue to benefit music creators for years to come.”