$4.92B

Music Industry Contribution to state GDP

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61,769

Jobs Supported

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5,846

Music Businesses

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A2IM/RIAA

8,559

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

55,066

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

Tennessee is synonymous with music.

Tennessee is synonymous with music. The Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, “Music City, U.S.A.” While steeped in country and blues, don’t overlook the state’s thriving jazz, hip hop, classical, and rock scene – a mecca for true music lovers. From Miss Dolly to Miss Miley, Taylor to Justin, Paramore to Kings of Leon, Tennessee is home to countless music superstars brought up by the state's vital and world-renowned music scene.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Craig Morgan
  • Dolly Parton
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Kesha
  • Kings of Leon
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Paramore
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tina Turner

Music Venues & Festivals

  • 1884 Lounge
  • 3rd and Lindsley
  • Americanafest Festival
  • Ascend Amphitheater
  • B-Side
  • BAR DKDC
  • Beale Street Music Festival
  • Big Ears Festival
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival
  • Bridgestone Arena
  • Bucanas 2009
  • Cannery Ballroom
  • Capone's
  • City Winery
  • CMA Music Festival
  • Cumberland Caverns Live
  • Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge
  • Don’t Panic
  • Drkmttr Collective
  • Exit / In
  • FedExForum
  • Germantown Performing Arts Center
  • Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Green Machine 
  • Growlers
  • JJ’s Bohemia
  • Levitt Shell
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Mercy Lounge
  • Minglewood Hall 
  • Monte Hale Arena
  • Music City Roots
  • Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • Nashville Underground
  • Nissan Stadium
  • Niswonger Performing Arts Center
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • Pilot Light
  • Play Dance Bar
  • Pucketts of Leipers Fork
  • Rhythm N Blooms Festival
  • Riverbend Festival
  • RockHouse Live Memphis
  • Rudy's Jazz Room
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Songbirds 
  • Springwater Supper Club
  • Station Inn
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • The 5 Spot 
  • The Blue Room at Third Man Records
  • The Bluebird Cafe
  • The Cannery Ballroom
  • The Caverns
  • The Concourse
  • The Cowan
  • The East Room
  • The End
  • The Franklin Theatre
  • The Golden Door
  • The High Watt 
  • The Hi Tone
  • The Listening Room
  • The Nashville Palace
  • The Syndicate
  • Third Coast Comedy Club
  • Thompson–Boling Arena
  • Vanderbilt Stadium

Music Schools

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Blair School of Music
  • Crown College of the Bible
  • Lee University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee

Major Music Conferences

  • Americanafest
  • CD Baby DIY Musician Conference
  • Country Radio Seminar
  • Immerse
  • MusicBiz
  • Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) Summit
  • Summer NAMM
  • SYNC Summit Nashville
  • Tin Pan South
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