Music veteran Jed Hilly will join the Americana Music Association as its
executive director on March 1. He replaces Jeff Green, who exited last year.

"We pursued Jed for this position because we know that he gets it," AMA
president Tamara Saviano said in a prepared statement. "Jed understands that
the music is what drives the artists and professionals who work in
Americana, and he has the experience and vision to take the AMA to the next
level while keeping the integrity of our music and artists intact."

"I've always been drawn to this genre of music, the people involved and the
artistry of the musicians the AMA represents," Hilly said. "There is not a
more dedicated group of people in the industry. I couldn't be more excited."

Hilly is currently the VP of Orbison Records, where he has been instrumental
in the development of Roy Orbison museum exhibits, the creation of a
commemorative stamp with the US Postal Service, and an all-star tribute to
Orbison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Prior to moving to Nashville in 2002, Hilly was an executive in Sony Music's
New York office.

Hilly has served on the RIAA/NARM merchandising committee, the Rock n' Roll
Hall of Fame American Music Master advisory board, and is a member of NARM
and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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