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.


iHeartRadio is excited to be part of the Nashville community! This is such a vital city that has all the elements we are looking for – rapid growth in the tech space, a huge historical connection to music, local colleges and universities that provide a great talent base, and other passionate, tech savvy talent, who continue to flock to this hip and developing market for its quality of life and exciting career opportunities.

Darren Davis President, iHeartRadio

Nashville's Music Industry

  • $15.6 billion industry within the Nashville MSA 
  • 182 recording studios, 498 music publishers and 80 record labels in the Nashville region
  • 43,000 music industry jobs in the Nashville area
  • 50x more music industry activity in Nashville than the nation overall 


Music and Entertainment Industry Workforce

SOURCE: EMSI, 2020
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE
# OF EMPLOYEES AUSTIN # OF EMPLOYEES ATLANTA # OF EMPLOYEES CHARLOTTE # OF EMPLOYEES DENVER # OF EMPLOYEES
Accountants $35.57 11,132 $38.48 11,636 $42.71 27,290 $43.47 14,560 $42.70 26,059
Arts, design, entertainment and media occupations $32.53 26,879 $29.39 25,930 $28.75 64,994 $29.01 20,062 $29.34 34,428
Audio and video equipment technicians $23.92 1,038 $20.69 726 $23.08 1,911 $24.45 502 $23.07 788
HR managers $47.29 1,651 $59.93 1,347 $61.40 4,798 $68.36 1,383 $74.15 1,589
PR specialists $33.57 1,483 $32.24 3,821 $29.72 5,167 $35.361,779 $34.87 3,956
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES INDIANAPOLIS # OF EMPLOYEES PHOENIX # OF EMPLOYEES RALEIGH # OF EMPLOYEES TAMPA # OF EMPLOYEES
Accountants $35.57 11,132 $37.81 9,864 $36.86 20,073 $37.02 7,372 $37.50 12,504
Arts, design, entertainment and media occupations $32.53 26,879 $26.37 18,756 $28.31 36,772 $28.04 12,552 $25.41 21,892
Audio and video equipment technicians $23.92 1,038 $21.76 484 $21.54909 $21.73 247 $21.58 665
HR managers $47.29 1,651 $53.54 958 $57.162,660 $60.02 708 $58.95 1,267
PR specialists $33.57 1,483 $30.932,078 $33.08 3,398 $30.93 1,541 $27.92 2,183

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