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Ryan Murphy Is Thankful for Changes in Musical Landscape

The general manager of St. Johns County Cultural Events Division helped plan the Mumford & Sons 'Gentlemen of the Road Stopover'

Ryan Murphy
Dennis Ho
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I am extremely thankful to be able to work with an amazingly dedicated, forward thinking and visionary group of people. The staff at the Cultural Events Division of St. Johns County (St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall) are the key players in helping change the music and cultural landscape of Northeast Florida.

Whether it be working on events and concerts at the Amphitheatre or the Concert Hall, or charging full steam ahead into an event like the Mumford & Sons “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover,” this group of people is steadfast in their creativity, passion and belief that they are truly making great changes and moving our community forward toward a brighter future. It is because of these individuals, and some of the amazing people I have the opportunity to work with in the area, that I feel whole-heartedly that this community is able to embrace and sustain a true love for music and the arts.

While working on the GOTR event, I was thankful to be able to work with government officials who were willing to take a chance on not only what they believed in, but what my staff and I felt was an amazing opportunity for the community, despite any naysaying or negative pushback. It’s because of this, too, that I am extremely thankful to witness a paradigm shift within the local municipalities that display a bucking against the “good ol’ boy system” and the embrace of a more progressive and visionary future for our community. It is truly inspiring, on a daily basis, to be surrounded by people who stand up for what they believe in and have worked through many obstacles to find themselves successful and on the other side of greatness.

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