Jared Bailey has been a leader in the Athens music scene and the community at large for over 30 years. While a student at UGA he became an entertainment writer for the college newspaper, The Red and Black. After graduation he became the owner of several music venues including the world famous 40 Watt Club. In 1987 he founded Flagpole, a weekly newspaper dedicated to local music, art, and politics. In 1997 he founded AthFest, the Athens Music and Arts Festival, which he ran for 18 years. In 1998 he was the Event Coordinator the Widespread Panic concert that brought over 100,000 fans to downtown Athens. In 2010 he created the AthHalf, the Athens Half Marathon. In 2011 he was sworn in as the Athens-Clarke County Commissioner for District 5.
Bailey has received the Key to the City of Athens, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau Classic Host Award, Convention South Magazine, Best Event Organizer Award, and the Flagpole Lifetime Achievement Award, the Georgia Governor’s Award for Creative Expression, for his work promoting Athens.
He was featured as one of 4 “Top Dogs in Athens” in Garden and Gun Magazine, and his efforts with AthFest have resulted in awards for the Best Music Education Community from the National Association of Music Merchandisers, Top 10 Festivals in the United States from Livability.com, and the very first ever Impact Award from the Clarke County School District.
He also serves on the ACC Audit Committee, ACC Government Operation Committee, ACC Public Facilities Committee, ACC Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Clarke County Board of Health, and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Economic Development Committee.