Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc. underwrites summer internship at the Country Music Hall of Fame

  (Excerpts from Country Music Hall of Fame Proposal)

Thank you for your interest in and long-time support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It was a pleasure to speak with you last week about furthering your legacy by offering a compensated summer internship program for a minority student in our Museum Services division. This specialized internship, which will be named in your honor, would positively contribute to the Museum’s efforts to catalog and digitize our collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts.


Cataloging and digitizing the Museum’s estimated collection of 500,000 photographic images is an especially immediate need. 

The internship will run for 12 weeks, from June to August.  Candidates for your Scholar position will be selected annually by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Ideal candidates will be graduate students enrolled in a Master’s program in Library and Information Sciences with a minority background.


Contact Lisa Purcell, Vice President of Development

Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum

222 5th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203

P: (615) 416-2001 x 2086  C: (615) 840-9639  F: (615) 255-2245






country singer Petrella celebrating 25 years of music

Posted: July 19, 2012 - 10:56am

NASHVILLE, TENN., — Petrella, the First Lady of Country Soul and Hot Springs native, is celebrating 25 years of music with a 25th anniversary album recorded in Music City USA.

Reuniting with those who made her career possible, Petrella remains true to her signature sound with an album set for release in February 2013.

The project will feature a celebratory single to be released in time for Black History Month.

The recording of Petrella’s celebration album brought out many of the music city friends who’ve been part of the artist’s impressive journey.

Jack Gale, producer of Petrella’s first album, has reunited with the innovative singer/songwriter/performer, along with Jim Pierce, keyboard player, arranger, and session leader.

“This is a special time for all of us,” Petrella says, “we are all excited to work together again and to celebrate all of the success we have achieved as individuals.”

Petrella, no stranger to the music city, has recorded four albums in Nashville as well as performed at Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree with Rhonda Vincent.

As an artist who truly gives back, Petrella’s foundation, Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc., helps to underwrite her school outreach programs. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from Petrella’s performances and CD sales go toward college scholarships for underprivileged children who are either full time members of their college choir or are majoring in music.

One of the most celebrated and honored black female country artists of all time, Petrella has recorded and released six albums including her most recent “100 Proof Woman.”

Her dynamic one-woman show chronicles one woman’s life journey through story and song.

With the release of “100 Proof Woman,” Petrella inked a distribution deal with the Warner Music Group. Through the Warner Alternative Distribution Alliance, Petrella’s latest single “I Want to Know You Forever,” reached number 14 on the Hot Country Single Sales chart in Billboard Magazine.

Her music is available through The Orchard, CD Baby, FYE, all Hastings Music and Video Centers, iTunes, and Amazon.

For more information, call 615-476-3200 or visit