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AES Nashville’s AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament to Welcome Special Guests Gary Heddon and Buford Jones, September 14 and 15

— The DiGiCo AudioMasters Live and Westlake Pro / Avid AudioMasters Studio events support Nashville audio professionals with two days of fun and networking benefitting the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) —

NASHVILLE, TN — The AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament is pleased to announce that this year’s VIP guests on the course will be Gary Hedden and Buford Jones, both of whom have provided decades of audio excellence to listeners around the world. Serving as the Nashville audio community’s two favorite days of the year for networking and comradery outside of the normal business venues, the annual tournament raises thousands of dollars each year for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF), while honoring the individuals that power Music City’s recording, live sound and related industries. Once again, the tournament will offer two full days of play: The DiGiCo AudioMasters Live on Tuesday, September 14, followed by the Westlake Pro / Avid AudioMasters studio day taking place on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Pre-registration for foursomes that include one or more AES members is just $500 with online payment – the rate for foursomes without an AES member and for all foursomes paying onsite is $600.

Each year of the AudioMasters, the Nashville Section of the AES has made a tradition of inviting VIP guests to be honored and to take part in visiting with players and sponsors out on the course throughout the day. This year’s VIP guests are world-renowned live sound mixer and FOH engineer Buford Jones on Tuesday and award-winning audio engineer and studio designer Gary Hedden on Wednesday. Both honorees have been vital to the proliferation of Nashville’s thriving music and audio industries while also sharing their talents on the international level, working with top acts and clients around the world.

About Gary Hedden
Audio engineer Gary Hedden began his audio career in the early sixties, and continues to be an active engineer in recording, mixing and mastering in Nashville. During his professional career, he was Chief Engineer at MPS in Cleveland, co-founder of Hedden West and The Diskwerks in Chicago, and owner of the GHL Remote Audio truck based in Nashville. Past positions include audio engineer for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and board member of Kids on Stage Foundation. Today, in addition to studio consulting and designing, Hedden operates a mixing and mastering facility in a home-based control room, along with continued activities serving the AES, of which he has been an active member of since 1968. Hedden’s many accolades include gold and platinum records, GRAMMYs, CLIOs, and an Emmy.

About Buford Jones
Buford Jones’s long list of live mixing credits spans over three decades and includes artists such as Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder, Prince, David Bowie, Faith Hill, The Kinks, James Taylor and many more. Prior to his current focus on teaching and sharing his knowledge and experience with future generations, Jones held the position of Meyer Sound’s touring liaison for ten years, bringing his mixing workshops to audiences around the world, and he continues to contribute to the company in a variety of ways, including advising on product development, applications and more.

About the 23rd Annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament
Now in its 23rd year, the AudioMasters tournament brings together audio industry professionals from the Nashville area and beyond, for 18 holes of play at the Harpeth Hills golf course on the southern edge of Nashville. Each tee along the course is sponsored and personalized by the sponsors which include area studios, live sound providers, service and sales companies, industry organizations, world-class product manufacturers and others with ties to the Nashville audio community. Attendees enjoy ample time to connect with peers and network at each tee and at other sponsored stops, with activities and giveaways that range from food and beverage to swag, competitions and more. Both days of the tournament culminate with a catered dinner and presentation of trophies and competition prizes. Known for being the most anticipated social event of the Nashville audio community each year, the AudioMasters tournament has a serious purpose as the primary funding mechanism for the home-grown 501(c)(3) non-profit Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF). NERF provides financial assistance for individuals in the greater Nashville audio engineering community who, through illness and tragic circumstances, are unable to practice their profession or face other serious problems.

2021 AudioMasters sponsors, in addition to day-one title sponsor DiGiCo and day-two title sponsors Westlake Pro and Avid, include the AES and its Nashville Section, API, Audio-Technica, Blackbird Studios, Black River Entertainment / Sound Stage Studios, Clair Global, Clyne Media, Corky’s BBQ Brentwood, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), Crown Seating, DCR Nashville, DPA, Earthworks Audio, Echo Mountain Recording, Elevation Studios, Genelec, IMES (Iron Mountain Entertainment Services), Infrasonic, Loeb and Loeb, Morris, The NAMM Show, RME, Nashville Recording Supply, Production One, Welcome to 1979 Studios, The Record Shop, the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing, the Recording Studio Insurance Program, Solid State Logic, Solotech, Sound Emporium Studios, Sound Image, Sweetwater Sound, Trew Audio, Veva Sound.

Player registration and limited sponsorship opportunities are still available at