Music & Entertainment

Nashville is known around the world as Music City. With a diverse music and creative industry which includes all genres, Nashville has the highest concentration of music industry establishments in the nation. Nashville's music and entertainment industry is a combination of global corporations, small businesses and independent artists, songwriters and musicians, and includes music performance, composition, distribution, promotion, production, training and education, artists' rights groups, music organizations, live music venues and equipment. Why be anywhere else? Download our music and entertainment industry brochure.


CMA believes being a part of Music City means being a good neighbor. We launched our headquarters here in 1958 and, while our organization operates globally, we continue to host our events at local venues and invest in the community by working with other local companies. From renowned chefs and luxe hotels to family-friendly activities and a vibrant nightlife, Nashville has it all and more. Since 2010, our CMA Foundation has poured millions of dollars into Metro Nashville Public Schools to empower the next generation of Nashville and ensure every child here has equitable opportunity to participate in high-quality music education.

Sarah Trahern Chief Executive Officer, Country Music Association

Nashville's Music Industry

  • $15.6 billion industry within the Nashville MSA 
  • 190+ recording studios, 3,000 working musicians, and 80 record labels in the Nashville region
  • 43,000 music industry jobs in the Nashville area
  • 30x more music industry activity in Nashville than the nation overall 


Music and Entertainment Industry Workforce

SOURCE: EMSI, 2023
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE
# OF EMPLOYEES AUSTIN # OF EMPLOYEES ATLANTA # OF EMPLOYEES CHARLOTTE # OF EMPLOYEES DENVER # OF EMPLOYEES
Arts, Design, Entertainment and Media Occupations  $22.8931,935 $26.75 30,698 $25.03 67,498$23.52  23,095 $27.84 35,139
Musicians and Singers $22.793,873$29.471,505$32.233,475$21.831,436$24.771,586
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All other $26.83398$22.84278$21.25854$14.74219$23.36450
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians $21.48936$24.44740$22.351,565$21.11497$23.66651
PR Specialists $31.491,259$31.453,717$35.134,259$34.681,744$34.174,030
Producers and Directors  $29.561,419$32.312,126$36.374,666$30.791,215$38.082,144
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES INDIANAPOLIS # OF EMPLOYEES PHOENIX # OF EMPLOYEES RALEIGH # OF EMPLOYEES TAMPA # OF EMPLOYEES
Arts, Design, Entertainment and Media Occupations $22.8931,935$21.3018,976$23.8940,415$26.2415,172$23.03 24,634
Musicians and Singers $22.79 
3,873$16.031,187$23.652,088$22.52740$33.561,436
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All other $26.83 398 $20.90 222 $25.84 360 $15.12 110 $15.29 378
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians $21.48
936$20.63451$21.021,144$18.73357$23.17562
PR Specialists  $31.49
1,259$30.001,982$30.464,102$35.782,345$28.273,098
Producers and Directors  $29.56
1,419$24.08625$28.861,385$29.87585$28.64950

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