The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running live radio show. Over the years we have developed certain practices to ensure that our high quality standard is met. These parameters are also important factors in being able to get all the artists on and off the stage in a timely manner in able to keep up with the rigorous pace of live radio. Every public Opry is broadcast on our very own 650 WSM AM Radio station and on XM Satellite radio. The show is also streamed over our several websites, and through apps for smartphones and other devices.
Artists are asked to bring their own small instruments, (i.e. guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, steel guitar, etc.) and pedal boards. Larger instruments (i.e. drums, piano, and keys, and amplifiers) will be will be provided by the Opry and shared by all performers. Settings of the amplifiers are up to the musicians, however we may ask for adjustments if we deem a setting to be destructive to the broadcast.
All artist changeovers must happen quickly and as quietly as possible, as other elements of the show are taking place during these “breaks.” Musicians will be responsible for getting their instruments to and from the stage. At this point stage hands will assist them in their placement and with patching into the system. Some items such as pedal boards or steel guitars may go out 15 minutes before your performance if it is decided that it will assist in the changeover by having these items set early.
The guidelines for track usage on the Grand Ole Opry are set by the American Federation of Musicians. AFM guidelines require payment to each musician performing on stage or on pre-recorded tracks. In keeping with the Opry’s live entertainment traditions, our desired approach is to reproduce as many elements of your preferred arrangement with the combination of your band and our Opry house musicians.
An assortment of wired and wireless microphones will be provided by the Grand Ole Opry. Small instrument clip on mics for acoustic instruments may be brought in with prior approval.
In-ear systems and wedges are available for all performers and we have general mixes pre-dialed in both. Due to the nature of our show, sound checks are not generally offered. Mix requests and in-ear packs are available Stage Left in monitor world before the curtain goes up at the beginning of the show.
The following equipment is on our stage at all times for your use:
- 3 Fender Deluxe Amplifiers
- Webb Custom Built Steel Amplifier
- 1 Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Amplifier with 4X10″ Cabinet
- Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
- Yamaha Montage 8 Synthesizer
- Yamaha Birch Custom 5 Piece Drum Kit
- SM58 Vocal Microphones
- Radial J48 Direct Boxes
- Shure PSM1000 In-Ear Systems
- L’Acoustic 115XT Hi-Q Wedges
- 1/4″ Instrument Cables
- Various Guitar Stands
For technical questions or needs, contact Jeff Hatfield, Director of Technical Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
116 5th Ave N.
Nashville, TN 37219
Due to limited space, each artist can clear one (1) backstage guest at the show(s) in which they are scheduled to perform.
Parking will be available to all artists, band, and staff at the AT&T parking garage located across Fourth Avenue from the Ryman entrance.
2804 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Artist may have up to ten (10) backstage guests. No children under 12, with exception for featured artists’ children and grandchildren.
Directions to Artist Entrance
Coming from downtown/airport on I-40:
- Take Briley Parkway North to the McGavock Pike exit, taking a left on McGavock.
- Take the main entrance into Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The drive immediately forks—stay to your left.
- Take a left at the four-way stop, following the drive that runs parallel to Briley Parkway.
- Continue until you come to a security guard shack (directly below our marquee sign). The guard will direct you where to park and enter the building.
Artists my purchase up to eight (8) tickets at an artist discount (subject to availability) by contacting Donna Futch in Opry VIP Services.
If the Opry’s marketing department and publicists do not have your most recent photography, bio, please send updated files to Opry Marketing.
Thank you for letting fans know you will be visiting the Opry and directing them to opry.com for tickets and information. Thank you for including Opry social media tags in all of your social posts in advance of your appearance/s.
For social media inquiries, please contact Courtney Alexander.
Fans can tune in to your Opry appearance on the WSM website, the WSM mobile app or by tuning their radio to 650 AM. Tuesday and Saturday night performances also run on a 30-minute delay on Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM and in encore performances throughout the week.
Photo & Video
Still photography and video taping are permitted for the artist’s website(s) and social media only when a signed Photo & Video Release Form is on file. As stated in the form, video taping is limited to no more than 30 seconds per song. Live streaming from public areas and of artist performances is not permitted. This form will only need to be signed and returned one time and will cover the artists on an ongoing basis. Please request a form and/or send completed forms to Aimee Graham at email@example.com or fax to 615-231-1558.
Any filming or photography not intended for the artist’s social sites will need to go through the regular media clearance process of contacting Jessie Schmidt at Schmidt Relations, 615-491-7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.