Each year, the museum invites a noted artist or musician to give a series of original performances that highlight their career and explore their artistry. Every artist-in-residence has a strong connection to country music or has a sense of country music's contribution to American culture.

Past Artist-In-Residence performers include:

  • 2003-Cowboy Jack Clement
  • 2004-Earl Scruggs
  • 2005-Tom T. Hall
  • 2006-Guy Clark
  • 2007-Kris Kristofferson
  • 2008-Jerry Douglas
  • 2009-Vince Gill
  • 2010-Buddy Miller
  • 2011-Connie Smith
  • 2012-Kenny Rogers
  • 2013-Ricky Skaggs