Speaker Series (Virtual): Ralph Peer II on the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Speaker Series (Virtual): Ralph Peer II on the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions

July 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Date: Monday, July 18, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free and open to the public

Virtual: Click here to register

On Monday, July 18 at 7:00 PM, we are continuing our Speaker Series with Ralph Peer II, Executive Chair of peermusic.

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. In honor of that occasion, we are excited that Ralph Peer II, the son of Ralph S. Peer, the Victor producer at those historic recordings, will be with us via Zoom to talk about his father’s career, the legacy and impact of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, and the music industry.

Please note that this program is VIRTUAL ONLY; there will be NO in-person event.

 About Ralph Peer II

Ralph Peer, II grew up in a household long familiar with country music. He remembers attending Jimmie Rodgers Days in Meridian as boy and, later in life, a number of visits to the Carter Fold and Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

He is now Executive Chair of a global network of music publishing and neighboring rights companies operating from 38 offices located in 31 countries, which was founded by his father, Ralph S. Peer, in 1928.

He is a lifetime Board member of the Country Music Association and Vice-President and Director of the National Music Publishers’ Association (USA), and he has served on the Boards of MCPS (UK), HFA (USA), ASCAP (USA), and the GRD (UK)

Mr. Peer is past Chair and a longtime Director of the Brussels-based International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP/CIEM). He was a founding Board Member of e-Music, serving from its inception until its sale to Vivendi.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from Stanford University.  In 1999 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

He is a former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA for whom he delivered the 1983 Jean Geiringer lecture in International Copyright Law. Numerous recognitions for his service to songwriters and publishers have been awarded to him including those from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, National Music Publishers Association, Music Publishers Association (USA), and International Confederation of Music Publishers (Brussels).

Mr. Peer was presented France’s top cultural honor – “Officier dans Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (“Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters”) – in 2018.


July 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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