SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
ASCAP, Chappell Music, Hill & Range Songs
Pat Rolfe began her career in the music industry when Lamar Fike, at Hill & Range Songs, called her in 1966 and asked her to join him at the company. From then until 1972 she worked with luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, Eddie Rabbit, Bill Monroe, George Morgan and many other legends. One of her career highlights during this time was working with Elvis Presley.
In 1972 she was elevated to general manager, becoming one of the first females to head a major publishing company. She brought Celia Froehlig into the company and they stayed until 1975,
when Chappell Music purchased the Hill & Range companies and Pat joined Chappell Music. During her tenure, the company was named ASCAP Publisher of the Year seven times on the hits of writers Rory Bourke, Charlie Black, Jan Crutchfield, Randy Goodrum, Johnny Wilson, Johnny MacRae, Gene Dobbins, Rafe Van Hoy, and Layng Martine, among others.
Pat rose to the position of vice- president and held that post until 1987 when Warner Bros. Music purchased Chappell. That same year, Connie Bradley, ASCAP Nashville's chief, offered her the position of director of membership relations, and she remained with ASCAP, rising to the position of vice president, until 2010. She co-founded SOURCE and the Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament and served on the boards of the Nashville Songwriters Association, the Nashville Music Association, Baptist Hospital and the Copyright Society of the South. Among the writers she brought to ASCAP were Tony Mullins, Deryl Dodd, Trevor Rosen, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Michael Knox, Gerry House, Tim Ryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Wynonna.