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Music & Entertainment

With more than 190 recording studios, over 3,000 working musicians, and live music every night of the week, Nashville is a hub for the music industry. The Nashville region’s concentration of musicians and music businesses is the highest in the nation. Music industry activity in Nashville is as much as 30 times greater than the nation overall – more than 10 times greater than New York or Los Angeles and even greater compared to other cities such as Atlanta, Austin, and New Orleans.

Nashville has evolved alongside the music business and has maintained its status as a global center for the entertainment industry. The local music scene has been praised in major publications such as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, SPIN, and Rolling Stone.

The Nashville region has been a magnet for creative talent since the 1930s. Today, that energy is stronger than ever and is drawing not only songwriters and instrumentalists from all genres, but also filmmakers, artists, authors, and digital entrepreneurs. The Nashville region is home to some of the world’s most popular entertainers, including Tim McGraw, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, The Black Keys, Paramore and Kings of Leon. Nashville’s incredibly diverse music and entertainment industry continues to expand, making the city a creative core for the region and the country.

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

Leading Music & Entertainment Employers

  • ACM
  • Apple Music
  • BMI
  • CAA (Creative Artist Agency)
  • Capitol Records
  • CMT
  • Gibson Guitar Corporation
  • LiveNation
  • Ryman Hospitality Properties
  • Sony Entertainment
  • Third Man Records
  • Universal Music Group
  • Warner Music Nashville

Headquartered Music & Entertainment Associations

  • Americana Music Association
  • Academy of Country Music
  • Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Country Music Association
  • Country Radio Broadcasters
  • Gospel Music Association
  • International Bluegrass Music Association
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International

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