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Published: 4/17/2012

SESAC’s Lord & Truley Named To 2012 T.J. Martell Board

SESAC executives Dennis Lord and Ellen Bligh Truley have been announced as new board members for the 2012ww.tjmartellfoundation.org/Home.aspx">T.J. Martell Board of Directors.

Lord, who is SESAC’s Executive Vice President, has been named to T.J. Martell’s 2012 National Board Of Directors.  “I am honored and excited to be included on the T.J. Martell Board of Directors,” said Lord who previously served T.J. Martell Foundation’s Southern Region Board of Directors.  “I am a huge supporter of T.J. Martell and the incredible help and support that is provided through this organization.”

Truley, who is SESAC’s Vice President, Corporate Relations, has been appointed to T.J. Martell’s 2012 Southern Board of Directors.  “The work T.J. Martell does on the behalf of those in need is nothing short of miraculous and I have the utmost admiration for the organization,” commented Truley.  “I look forward to joining the Martell Nashville Board of Directors and what we can accomplish in the future.”

The T.J. Martell Board Of Directors is made up of leaders in the fields of music, entertainment, law, finance, publishing and travel. The 2012 Boards kicked off the New Year with the focus of expanding the Foundation into new markets including fundraising opportunities in the area of sports, social media and cause marketing.

Dennis Lord:
Dennis Lord is the Executive Vice President for SESAC.  Known as a music industry executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an entertainment lawyer who has a knack for writing hit songs himself having penned Travis Tritt’s first major hit, “Country Club” as well as many other cuts. Prior to joining SESAC, Lord, a fierce advocate of the rights of songwriters and intellectual property,  led the Nashville Songwriters Association’s legislative efforts in Washington, D.C. Lord joined SESAC in 1997  as Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations before being named Executive Vice President in 2005.  As Executive VP, Lord assists in all business and legal aspects of SESAC’s operations. Lord holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego.    

Ellen Bligh Truley:
Ellen Bligh Truley is Vice President of Corporate Relations for SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization. As head of the Corporate Relations department, Truley oversees all matters relating to the creation and execution of the marketing, branding, advertising, promotion and sponsorships endeavors of SESAC.  Truley works closely with the staffs in each of the SESAC offices which include Nashville headquarters as well as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London providing support and direction in all marketing, publicity and digital issues. 
About SESAC:
Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC is also rapidly becoming the performing rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.ww.sesac.com">www.sesac.com.

Founded in 1975, the T. J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation supports creative early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients, which otherwise might not be funded.

The Foundation began with a promise music industry executive Tony Martell made to his son, T.J. who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1973. T.J. asked his father to raise a million dollars so no one else would have to experience suffering as he did; his father agreed. Two years later, T.J. died and Tony honored his promise to his beloved son. A fundraising event in T.J.’s memory raised $50,000 towards that promise. With the help of friends in the music industry, Tony Martell founded the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research in 1975. Since then, the Foundation has raised over $250 million. The Foundation funds research projects at eleven institutions around the country.

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