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.


"Thriving, friendly, collaborative, and diverse – the Nashville music scene holds an irresistible pull for creative types. If you want to make a living in music, Nashville is the place to be."

Jody Williams VP writer/publisher relations, BMI

Nashville's Music Industry

  • $9.7 billion industry within the Nashville MSA 
  • $5.5 billion local impact
  • 190 recording studios, 130 music publishers and 80 record labels in the Nashville region
  • 56,000 music industry jobs in the Nashville area
  • $3.2 billion labor income annually

Music City Music Council

The Music City Music Council, a partnership among the Nashville Mayor's Office, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, is an association of business leaders charged by the mayor with developing strategies toward heightening the awareness and development of Nashville as the global Music City. For more information about the Council, please visit www.nashvillemusiccouncil.com.

Music and Entertainment Industry Workforce

SOURCE: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 2016
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES AUSTIN # OF EMPLOYEES ATLANTA # OF EMPLOYEES CHARLOTTE # OF EMPLOYEES DENVER # OF EMPLOYEES
Accountants $28.86 7,140 $30.74 11,450 $34.26 27,500 $33.40 11,630 $34.33 22,910
Arts, design, entertainment and media occupations $21.06 13,660 $23.95 16,370 $22.33 36,470 $20.30 13,710 $22.22 22,300
Audio and video equipment technicians $18.64 1,170 $23.17 720 $20.44 1,390 $15.23 340 $17.74 820
HR managers $41.59 1,280 $55.01 510 $50.99 3,870 $54.19 1,520 $63.11 1,010
PR specialists $24.88 960 $28.52 4,210 $26.53 3,770 $27.64 1,300 $26.84 2,650
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES INDIANAPOLIS # OF EMPLOYEES PHOENIX # OF EMPLOYEES RALEIGH # OF EMPLOYEES TAMPA # OF EMPLOYEES
Accountants $28.86 7,140 $31.30 9,200 $29.11 16,270 $31.45 6,030 $29.97 13,390
Arts, design, entertainment and media occupations $21.06 13,660 $18.01 13,370 $19.83 23,350 $23.16 7,300 $20.68 14,500
Audio and video equipment technicians $18.64 1,170 $16.73 460 $19.14 1,230 $20.21 140 $16.30 340
HR managers $41.59 1,280 $46.95 950 $40.59 2,240 $49.37 560 $47.30 1,070
PR specialists $24.88 960 $24.91 1,380 $26.73 2,600 $27.89 1,350 $25.73 1,660

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