As the chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Kyle Young directs and manages all operations and activities of the organization, including the museum, library, research, publications, and teaching programs. Young also oversees the museum’s programming, advertising, marketing, and finances.
In Young’s thirty-nine years with the nationally accredited museum, he has served in more key capacities than anyone ever employed by the museum, which also operates Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show Print, the Taylor Swift Education Center, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press.
After graduating with a B. A. in English from Kenyon College in 1975, Young joined the museum the following year. Since then, his accomplishments include founding the museum’s education department, serving as editor of the Journal of Country Music and CMF Press, building the museum’s award-winning record reissue label, and establishing relationships with major New York record labels and publishing firms.
Named acting director of the museum in May 1998, when former director Bill Ivey left to head the National Endowment for the Arts, Young led the team that created the financing, design, and construction of the downtown museum. The project came in under the $37 million budget and opened on time in 2001. In its downtown location the museum has hosted more than five million visitors.
After an extensive national search, the museum’s board of officers and trustees confirmed Young as director in February 1999. In this role, he has broadened the museum’s partnerships with major corporations and entertainment companies. New associations have been formed with Ford Motor Company, SunTrust Bank, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vanderbilt University, Universal Music Group/Lost Highway Records, DK Publishing, WSM Radio, cable channel CMT, Gibson Guitar, Sony Music, Legacy Recordings, and Xfinity, among others.
In 2010, working with museum chairman Steve Turner, Young spearheaded the creation of a museum partnership with the Metropolitan Government of Davidson County and Omni Hotels International, to facilitate an expansion of the museum. The ambitious $100 million capital campaign represented a milestone for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its relationship to the city of Nashville. The 210,000-square-foot expansion more than doubled the museum’s size and included 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, the 776-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for legendary poster shop Hatch Show Print, and a 10,000-square-foot event hall.
Young serves as an ex-officio member for the Country Music Association board and he is a member of the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee and the Tennessee Tourism Committee. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. Young is an alumnus of Leadership Music and Leadership Nashville. He has been nominated for three Grammy awards and has won one.