Nashville is the healthcare capital of the United States, home to some 400 health-related enterprises accounting for $38.8 billion in revenue. Education wise, Nashville has more than two dozen higher education institutions including the renowned Vanderbilt University, the venue of Art Nashville.
Our cultural programming is under development, but our committee of local heavyweights will help drive the vision of our programming. The committee will continue the work from 2018 to strengthen the vision for 2019. Such programming will consist of panel talks, book signings, music performances and collector events.
Nashville’s proximity is really unique. Music City is a 2 hour drive to Huntsville, 4 hour drive to Atlanta and Memphis. BNA offers 10 airlines and 440 daily arriving and departing flights. This allows 50% of the United States population to be a 2 hour flight away. Tennessee itself borders 8 different states allowing for a unique connectivity to the southeast region of the United States.
The following is a list of the airlines with gates at the Nashville Airport: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Boutique Air, Contour Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue, Vacation Express. British Airways (direct flight from Heathrow).
Nashville is one of the most attractive economies in the United States for growth. Nashville was also ranked in the top 10 of large metro areas for job and population growth for the past five years. Corporate headquarters that reside in Nashville: Dollar General, Tractor Supply, Kirklands, HCA, Saint Thomas Health, Community Health Systems, HealthSpring, HealthStream, LifePoint Health, HealthTrust, Nissan North America, Bridgestone Americas and Hankook Tire. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Medical Center alone employ 27,340 people.
Nashville is the undisputed epicenter of music. Nashville is home to 190 recording studios and 5000 working musicians. Nashville’s concentration of musicians and music businesses is the highest in the country. The overall music activity in Nashville is sometimes as much as 30 times greater than the nation overall. It is 10 times greater than NY and Los Angeles.
Some major stars that call Nashville home: Tim McGraw, Peter Frampton, John Oates, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Ted Danson, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Ke$ha, The Black Keys, Paramore, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift.
Nashville’s vibrant economy is drawing young professionals downtown, causing real estate development to boom. Today nearly 100 people move to Nashville and over 1.8 million people call Music City home. More than 414,300 young people between the ages of 20 and 25 live in the Metropolitan area of Nashville representing 22% of the regions population. 67,000 Executive occupations garner $102,500 on average annually and 38,593 Technology / Engineering occupations pay $75,00 a year.
The influx of entrepreneurs, students, professionals and families from around the world has turned Nashville into a technology and innovation hub for the Southeast.
How Matthew Arrived
Back in June of 2016, I took a road trip to Nashville to visit long time friend Pierre Lamoureux who recently relocated to Nashville, TN. It was my first time visiting Music City or the Southern region of the United States. I honestly had zero expectations, I just knew I needed a break from NYC for a few days.
After my first grueling 14 hour drive, I arrived. The following morning I got back in the car to explore Music City. I came across The Parthenon, an exact replica of the Parthenon in Greece. I later found out Nashville is considered the Athens of the South. I drove downtown to Broadway where I could feel the electricity of the tourism business, Music and musicians busking on the sidewalks. In the sky, cranes everywhere. In 2016 hotels and new skyscrapers were breaking ground. Two years later there are new massive developments underway and new hotels opening.
I was humbled by the local charm, food and overall energy. I explored 5th avenue of the Arts, most notably at Tinney Contemporary. There was a show up featuring street artists, most notably, Swoon and Hush both whom I’ve worked with in the past. I was thoroughly impressed by the overall makeup of Nashville, the blossoming cultural hubs as well as the deep roots of Southern hospitality.
Over the course of 18 months, I traveled back and forth between NYC and Nashville. The road has not been easy. However, we have overcome most obstacles. I was looked at as the “newcomer.” But, we’ve forged serious relationships with local businesses and leaders, who are all working towards the common goal, enriching Nashville with arts and culture. With the introduction of Art Nashville, we hope to create Nashville’s very own “Art Week.”
The Nashville Art Week will not only encompass the fair, but we strive to activate local galleries, businesses, hotels, and local artists.