Dilts Named New General Manager of Franklin Theater | Brentwood homepage

The Franklin Theater shared on Wednesday the hiring of Eric Dilts as its new general manager.

In this role, the Heritage Foundation says Dilts will be responsible for leading the nonprofit’s programmatic and operational activities, including spearheading community engagement and client relations initiatives.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Franklin Theater and the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County,” said Dilts. “This opportunity to preserve the legacy of the Franklin Theater and help carry it forward into the future is remarkable. It is truly a gem for the entire region, and I look forward to preserving this historic building, developing community relations and to welcome new and returning guests into our doors for powerful performing arts experiences.

Most recently, Dilts was the executive director of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, a venerable nonprofit music education institution with its own jazz concert hall in North Nashville, according to a statement.

During his tenure, he led the organization through all phases of its operations, building on its reputation as a jazz broadcaster, music education institution and community partner. Dilts has a long history in music, finance, fundraising and economic development.

A Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Music, he served as president and CEO of a Los Angeles-based home entertainment company; the president of a Los Angeles-based optical media technology company; a co-founder of a boutique production company; the director of an Illinois-based business incubator; and advisor at Morgan Stanley.

Additionally, he has held leadership positions in various non-profit organizations.

“It’s a very exciting day for the entire community as Eric assumes leadership of the treasured and historic ‘main street gem,'” commented Bari Beasley, President and CEO of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. “His expert management skills on display at the Nashville Jazz Workshop—another stellar cultural arts nonprofit in central Tennessee—will no doubt help further the Franklin Theater’s mission of providing arts experiences. world-class entertainment to various Williamson County residents and visitors.”

Dilts begins in her role on February 9.

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