Amy Kurland, founder of the legendary Bluebird Café, will be presented with the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award during the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on October 13. The Mentor Award is presented each year to a dedicated individual who has nurtured songwriters and helped them master the art of songwriting.
“Amy Kurland’s love and appreciation for songwriters is legendary,” Pat Alger, Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, said. “As the founder of the Bluebird Café, she created a home for Nashville writers at every level of success to test their talents in front of a respectful and loyal audience. Amy was an early supporter of many of the most successful songwriters in town, many of whom are now members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Her steadfast belief that an audience was just as interested in the people that created a song as they were in the singer who sang it is the enduring strength behind the Bluebird’s iconic success and it set the standard for songwriter nights all over Nashville,” he continued. “Like the Bluebird Café, Amy Kurland has become synonymous with the Nashville songwriting community and Music City itself.”
The award is named after Frances W. Preston, who influenced and nurtured the careers of thousands of songwriters, performers and publishes from across all genres of music during her five-decade career at BMI. Previous recipients of the award are music publisher Bob Beckham, music publisher Bill Hall, Preston , music publisher David Conrad and music publisher Donna Hilley.