NextNow 2018

NextNow 2018

NextNow 2018, presented by Wells Fargo, was held on Saturday, April 28, in conjunction with the School of Music’s Fantastic Finale Concert. The exclusive cocktail soiree, held at the Benton Convention Center, supported student scholarships and celebrated the next generation of artists and creative innovators.

Thank you to all NextNow 2018 supporters and attendees for an unforgettable evening.

Honorary Chair

Jim LauderdaleMulti-Grammy Award Winner Jim Lauderdale
Jim Lauderdale (Drama '79) is both a “songwriter's songwriter,” who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who's enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement. A longtime ambassador of the Americana genre, Jim received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by George Strait, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, as part of the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards.



  • Wells Fargo
  • Mr. Thomas S. Kenan III
  • Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm M. Brown
  • Inmar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brenner
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Allegacy
  • Reynolds American, Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Booke
  • Mrs. Charlotte H. Hanes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Allen Shaw, Jr.
  • HanesBrands, Inc.