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Porter's Call Announces Upcoming New Leadership, Growing Staff; Individual Tickets For 'Evening Of Stories' Go On Sale This Friday

Porter's Call is (l-r): Jared Farley, Chad Karger, Audrey Ragan, Al Andrews, Beth Barcus, and Phil Shay

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July 18, 2023

18 July 2023 — Franklin, TN — Porter’s Call, a non-profit uniquely dedicated to providing counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists, announces new leadership changes. Set to take effect in May 2024, Founder and Executive Director Al Andrews has chosen to step down from his leadership role, promoting Beth Barcus and Chad Karger to take the helm as Co-Executive Directors.
Barcus and Karger have been Porters within the organization for 20 years combined. Additionally, non-profit veteran Phil Shay, who joined Porter's Call in 2022, has been named Director of Development, while two staffers have recently joined the team - Office and Hospitality Manager Audrey Ragan and Porter Jared Farley. Andrews wholeheartedly supports the non-profit he founded 22 years ago and plans to always be an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization. 
"I cannot express how bright the future of Porter’s Call looks to me," Al Andrews shares. "Handing off the leadership into the capable hands of Beth and Chad was an easy decision. I believe in them and trust them to lead Porter’s Call, with the support of the entire team, for years to come."
Board President Matt Signore adds, “This is an exciting and wonderful time to extend the mission of Porter’s Call that Al created and Beth and Chad will shepherd into the future. The addition of Phil, Jared, and Audrey will expand their ability to serve the artist community.” 
EVENING OF STORIES - A Benefit For Porter's Call 
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the unique mission of Porter's Call is sustained entirely by donations, sponsorships, and the annual event, "Evening of Stories," its largest fundraiser. Their next “Evening of Stories” will take place on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Belmont University.
Now in its 14th year, “Evening of Stories” continues to feature an eclectic group of storytellers and musical guests weaving their unique, moving, and often humorous tales and talents into the fabric of a magical evening. This year’s featured storytellers are Al Andrews and Dr. Richard Antoine White, a speaker, author, and professional tuba player. Musical guests are Paramore, Brandon Heath, and Lucie Silvas.
Just announced today, individual tickets for "Evening of Stories" will be available starting this Friday, July 21. For more information, tickets, or how to be a sponsor, please click HERE.

Porter's Call Announces Upcoming New Leadership, Growing Staff; Individual Tickets For 'Evening Of Stories' Go On Sale This Friday

ABOUT PORTER'S CALL: Since 2001, Porter's Call has been offering its services to recording artists at no charge. Every day, the staff has the privilege of offering a safe and confidential space for artists to be off-stage and to deal with the issues they face. To date, they have spent 70,000+ hours working for and with their clients, saving them millions of dollars on counseling fees. Over the years, Porter’s Call has become a trusted and integral part of the music landscape in Nashville and beyond.
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