Kitty Moon Emery Passes at 70

Kitty Moon Emery Passes at 70

Kitty Moon Emery, a Nashville business leader who devoted much of her career to giving back to the Country Music industry she loved, died Feb. 8 in Nashville following a battle with cancer.

Emery served on the CMA Board for 22 years (1989-2010), including terms as both Board Chairman (1995) and President (1996). Additionally, she devoted six years (2011-2016) to serving on the CMA Foundation Board, the first three in the role of Chairman, and most recently held the position of Emeritus Director. CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern honored Emery in 2014 for her volunteer service to the CMA Foundation Board.

“Kitty was a treasured advocate for Country Music and a vocal ambassador for CMA within the City of Nashville,” Trahern said. “But she was also a champion for female executives in the industry. The first time I worked with Kitty was in 1996 on a CMA project and she became a friend and personal mentor. She will be dearly missed and we are praying for her beloved husband, Pat.”

After enjoying success in the political, film, and television arenas, Emery more recently embarked on a new career path with the Cumberland Center’s Global Action Platform, a Nashville-based business alliance that works to solve global problems in food, health, and prosperity. In a 2014 speech, Emery said that work had her feeling “more invigorated than ever.”

She is perhaps best known as the co-owner and President for three decades of Nashville-based Scene Three, a multi-million dollar film and new media company. She produced many of Scene Three’s most successful TV, music video, and business communication projects. They included “The Dance,” Garth Brooks’ 1990 CMA Award-winning Music Video of the Year, and “A Day in the Life of Country Music,” a two-hour CBS primetime special.

She later served as CEO of Kitty Moon Enterprises, a growth consulting company designed to help businesses and individuals flourish in the global marketplace, in addition to serving as COO of the Global Action Platform.

Emery served on the Board of Trustees for Leadership Nashville and as President of the Downtown Rotary Club, as well as serving for 10 years on the Nashville Sports Authority, including five as Chair. In that role, she has been credited with helping bring a professional football team to Nashville.

She was the recipient of CMA’s President’s Award and Leadership Music’s Bridge Award, and in 2014 was honored by the women’s music industry group SOURCE with an induction into its Hall of Fame.

A Nashville native, Emery graduated from Stephens College with a degree in film and television production. After working at public television stations in Nashville and Florida, she became press secretary for U.S. Senator Bill Brock, one of only two females in that role in D.C. at the time, Kelley said. She was named Assistant National Director of Advertising for Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaign, and was appointed by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to UNESCO, known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations. She later returned to Nashville, where she launched Scene Three.

Survivors include her husband, Nashville real estate developer Pat Emery.