Chair of the Board

Lori Badgett is senior vice president and team leader of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank in Nashville with over two decades of serving the music business. Badgett helped launch and co-manages City National’s Nashville office with Diane Pearson. Since 2011 the bank has quickly become the premier entertainment bank in Nashville serving more than 80 percent of the music industry. The office has grown from a handful of colleagues to over 25 people serving the most well-known names in the industry including top touring artists in Country, Pop, Rock and Christian genres. The bank is instrumental in financing some of the top business and creative names – including entrepreneurs, publishing companies, songwriters, producers, managers, law firms, performing rights organizations and agents. Badgett is currently president of the board of the Academy of Country Music and serves on the board of ACM Lifting Lives. She is on the advisory board of Music Health Alliance, The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Americana Music Association Foundation. She served as chairman of ACM Lifting Lives in 2016 and president of Leadership Music in 2012. Badgett has been recognized as Billboard Magazine’s Top Women in Music, Variety’s Top Entertainment Industry Dealmakers and Top Music City Impact Players. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband and their two daughters.