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December 5, 2011

2011  Memphis Executive Selected as One of Top People in the Music Business

 Memphis, Tenn. — Billboard’s Women in Music 2011, part of its Power Players series, has released its annual list of female executives who “drive our business forward with vision, dedication and hard work.”  Memphis native Pat Mitchell Worley, Director of Development and Communications at the Memphis Music Foundation is a 2011 nominee.

 The Memphis Music Foundation proudly congratulates Pat MitchellWorley on her nomination in Billboard’s Women in Music,” said President Dean Deyo. “We have seen Pat Mitchell Worley devote her most of her professional life to music and the arts as she continues to work with her community to advance the business agenda of music in Memphis.”

“Billboard’s Women in Music acknowledges women in the music business with a range of achievements–at labels or publishing companies, in touring or TV, in digital or branding, and elsewhere–reflects the overall impact of all the women in our industry.” – Billboard, December 2, 2011. The full list is here: <

 Mitchell Worley began her career at Memphis In May, in the media department for the city’s largest month of cultural events. She served a stint as on-air personality for Flinn Broadcasting’s alternative formatted station WDRE, broadcasting to Little Rock and Memphis and as music and promotions director at Memphis’ short-lived all-blues radio station WOWW in the mid ’90s. Mitchell has worked as an independent publicist and writer for Warner Brothers, Atlantic and RCA records.

In 1996 Mitchell Worley joined the staff of the Blues Foundation, where she oversaw the entire international nonprofit’s communications and educational efforts and helped produce events like the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the International Blues Challenge. In 2003, she served as interim executive director of the 3,000-member foundation. In 2000 hosted WKNO’s live coverage of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards honoring Nelson Mandela. As an independent producer and presenter, MitchellWorley worked on projects from the Stax Music Academy’s annual Soul-A-Thon fundraiser, and the Memphis Area Music Awards to publicity projects for Willie Mitchell, Isaac Hayes and the BarKays.

Mitchell Worley has served as program director of the nonprofit MPACT Memphis where she spearheaded efforts to involve area young professionals in the cultural and political life of the city. Most recently, she worked at ArtsMemphis where she ran Bravo Memphis, an introductory arts patronage program for young professionals.

She is also a freelance music journalist, regularly penning articles for over a dozen regional and national publications including The Memphis Flyer. In 2011, she celebrated her twelfth anniversary as host of the Memphis-produced, globally syndicated radio show “Beale Street Caravan.”

Mitchell currently serves as Director of Development and Communications at the Memphis Music Foundation, a position she has held since 2009.

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