Billboard's First-Ever Nashville Power Players List to Be Revealed

Billboard's 2015 Nashville Power Players List

Nashville's hold on the reins of country music is no secret -- which is why Billboard delved into finding the industry's most influential voices, the people shaping the genre's traditional, yet constantly evolving, sound and image, for a brand-new ranking: the Nashville Power Players list.

On Thursday, July 23, Billboard will name the 50 risk-takers and dealmakers creating seismic change in the industry that's now a billion-dollar behemoth. Identifying the country scene's top influencers -- label execs, radio moguls, managers, publicists, songwriters and more among them -- the list will show who to look to for the genre's next big trends. 

As country expands its reach, from Nashville to the coasts to an international audience, these tireless behind-the-scenes strategists and creatives will be the playmakers. 

Check back at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 23 on Billboard.com to see who made the list for the first-ever Nashville Power Players list.