Annual Touring Career Workshop Returns To Nashville In November 


The 12th annual Touring Career Workshop (TCW) – a free event offering lectures from music industry experts, resources and networking opportunities – will be back in Nashville at the Soundcheck Annex on Nov. 14.

TCW was created in 2011 by Chris Lisle and Erik Parker with the aim of educating “their colleagues in the touring music industry on key professional and personal topics including financial planning, health insurance, home ownership, and mental and physical health self-care.” Lisle is the owner of concert event design, production and management firm CLLD, whose clients have included Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Brooks and Dunn and Nashville’s New Year’s Eve Bash, among others. During his more than three decades in the industry, Lisle has worked in roles including production designer, lighting director, production manager and show producer. Parker has served as the lighting director for acts including OneRepublic, NeedTobreathe, Jennifer Nettles and Brooks and Dunn, as well as designing stages at events such as KAABOO festival and designing and programming tours for Judah and the Lion, Dave Koz, Simply Three and others.

“We’re excited to return to the Soundcheck Annex for the 12th annual Touring Career Workshop. The focus on work/life balance is especially important this year,” Lisle said in a statement. “In addition to breakout sessions on the topic, we will also offer several sessions dedicated to educating those not currently working in live entertainment but who are considering one of the many career paths available to them.”

The breakout sessions at the 2023 event include Touring Career Paths, Setting up Your Business, Making the Money Last, Personal Life Balance, Event Safety Alliance, Vendor Employment Panel, and Health Insurance Options. TCW will also feature a networking session with top vendors from the industry.

An announcement from the Touring Career Workshop notes that along with the free event, TCW offers the year-round All Access Program, providing “four counseling sessions with one of several pre-approved therapists and life coaches for all artists, musicians, crews, staff, and their spouses.” The program is confidential and offered at no cost to participants.

Registration for the Touring Career Workshop is open now via