Ryan Cunningham

Growing up in a small mountain town in North Carolina, no one understood Ryan's passion for the music industry. Met with doubts and disbelief, this Carolina son now calls Music City, and the music industry, his home.

As an active member of Music Row, Ryan has worked a career that has involved being the A&R Director at OakHill Music, Director of Artist Management at Music Row Management, Social Media Coordinator/Publicist at PLA Media, and Artist Manager roles at The Holland Group and Banner Music. Ryan is excited to use all his previous experience to serve the songwriters he'll be working with in his new role as Director of Membership & Songwriter Relations at NSAI.


What made you fall in love with music?

I've always been someone who loves stories, and I can't think of a better way to tell a story than with a song. Music has always been a main staple in my life, and I feel extremely blessed that I've been able to make my career in something that I'm so passionate about.


Best concert you have ever been to?

The best concert question is always a tough one, but I always think of how incredible my first concert was. It was a George Strait concert, inside Clemson University's football stadium. The lineup for the day was Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Jo Dee Messina, Clint Black, Tim McGraw, and George Strait.


What music are you currently listening to?

I'm always listening to a little bit of everything. If I'm in the car, I probably have the radio on a country station, or one of the stations that plays a mix of every genre. If I'm at home, I'm probably finding some excuse to have artists like Ray Charles and James Taylor on repeat with the record player.


 What drew you to NSAI?

"It all begins with a song." I fully believe that's true, and I've always admired the work that NSAI has done for songwriters, and the songwriting community. It's something I'm excited to be a part of.


Favorite coffee shop or restaurant in Nashville?

The Jam was my jam for a long time, but Urban Cookhouse is one of my favorite lunch spots in town.