Attend Musicians Corner's SPEAKMUSIC Panel Event

Join Musicians Corner for the SPEAKMUSIC panel event on Wed., March 18 at the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park. The discussion topic for the evening will be Life on the Road. Come to hear artists, tour managers, production managers, and audio engineers discuss all aspects of life on the road including job responsibilities, balancing work and home life, working as a contractor, and more. After the panel portion of the evening, stick around for a time of connection and networking over free appetizers from Take Away Catering & Events.

After the panel, join us at Hurry Back (2212 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203) for the Official SPEAKMUSIC Afterparty to continue the conversation and network with panelists and fellow attendees! Show your SPEAKMUSIC ticket at the bar for $1 off beer specials.

Although this panel is a free event, we ask that you RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly for seating and food. You will need to sign in upon entering the building and your Parthenon Museum entrance fee will be waived.


Kyshona - Artist

Kyshona has always lent her voice and music to those that feel they have been silenced or forgotten. She began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with her patients--the students and inmates under her care. She soon found the need to write independently and find her own voice, and endeavor which led her to the fertile ground of the Nashville creative community and songwriting culture.

Panelists include:

Jane Donald - Tour Manager

After graduating from college with a degree in Graphic Design in 2003, Jane worked as a designer and project manager for an independent book publisher in London for 6 years. She changed career paths and started in the music industry after she moonlighted as production assistant for supergroup Them Crooked Vultures in 2009. A subsequent job offer followed on tour with Foo Fighters and from there she moved from London to Los Angeles and continued to work on the road with artists such as Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Ariana Grande. Jane relocated to Nashville in 2018 and turned her hand to Tour Management, working for Sara Bareilles, Miley Cyrus and Childish Gambino. She still designs, enjoys photography and loves traveling the world.

Dan Layus - Artist (Augustana)

Dan Layus has fronted the band Augustana since 2002 and is the writer behind the hit songs “Boston” and “Sweet and Low”. The band has released 4 full-length LP’s and multiple singles and EP’s. Dan has also contributed as a writer to numerous songs for other artists like The Highwomen’s “Loose Change”. He released a solo album in 2016 called “Dangerous Things” which featured the voices of the acclaimed Grammy-nominated group The Secret Sisters and has been a touring artist for over 15 years. Dan and Augustana have headlined shows across North America and Europe and have opened for artists across multiple genres, including Dixie Chicks, One Direction, Snow Patrol and OneRepublic.

Trey Smith - FOH Engineer

Trey Smith has been touring as a FOH Engineer for over 15 years. He has worked with artists such as Thomas Rhett, Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic, Little Big Town, and many others. Along with FOH mixing, Trey has many years of experience as a Tour and Production Manager, as well as mixing live records and broadcast for several artists.

Zito - Production Manager

A man with one name, Zito is a 21 year veteran of the music industry. He has toured with some of the largest names in music including; Ariana Grande, Backstreet Boys, Sia, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Josh Groban, OneRepublic, New Kids on The Block, Little Big Town and Billy Currington, to name a few. As the Tourlink “Top Dog Young Gun Production Manager” award winner he embraces technology and good communication to be an effective leader to his teams and execute flawless productions.

Event Timeline:

6:30-7:30 pm- Panel Discussion

7:30-8:30 pm- Networking Hour

Thank you to our sponsors Take Away Catering & Events and Hi-Fi Media Co. for supporting this event!

SPEAKMUSIC is presented by Musicians Corner, a program of Centennial Park Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Musicians Corner presents free music events in Nashville's Centennial Park in partnership with the City of Nashville and local music industry. Musicians Corner has showcased over 1,200 artists since its inception in 2010 and presented legends like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. You can learn more about Musicians Corner at https://musicianscornernashville.com/.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Parthenon has a free parking lot next to the building. Due to the current construction in the park, we do encourage attendees to carpool or utilize rideshare services.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.