“Not Pictured”: Michael Whelan, Pilgrimage Co-Founder


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has created an Advisory Board consisting of local community leaders to help deepen its engagement in the Franklin community.


Members of the board include:

Mike Alday (Board Chair) – President, Alday Communications

Trace Ayala – Pilgrimage Partner & Producer

Torrey Barnhill – Executive Director, Friends of Franklin Parks

Robert Blair – Franklin Special School District Board Member

Ellie Westman Chin – President & CEO, Visit Franklin

Ashley Hill – Executive Vice President & Chief Banking Officer, Franklin Synergy Bank

Bill Johnson – SportsTrust Advisors, President

David Landrum – Williamson County Commissioner

Andy Marshall – Proprietor, A. Marshall Hospitality

Mary Pearce – Community Activist


“We are thrilled to have such an esteemed group agree to serve on our board,” said Brandt Wood, Pilgrimage Festival co-founder. “As we enter year five of the festival, we really want to become even more engrained in the fabric of Franklin beyond hosting this high-exposure event here. Our board will help guide us as we expand the roster of not-for-profits we support as well as increase our overall presence in the community on a year-round basis.”

Since its founding in 2015, the festival has made donations through The Pilgrimage Foundation to several charitable organizations, including MusiCares, Dark Horse Institute and Friends of Franklin Parks. The Advisory Board will assist in identifying ways that the festival can further increase its presence in the community, including developing relationships with additional charities and presenting to local civic groups, schools and other organizations. A formal application form for not-for-profits to use to apply for Pilgrimage support is under development.

The fifth annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will be held on Sept. 21-22 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Once again, the festival will feature some of the biggest names in music. The 2019 line up of performers will be announced in April.