How did we arrive in Music City?
16 hotels opening, 8 just announced
90-100 people move here a day
Population grew 10.2% last year alone
Music + Entertainment = 10 Billion dollar industry
60K New Jobs
12 Million people live within a 2.5 hour drive and
75% of the U.S. Market is within a 2 hour flight
Median Age is 36.5
37.3% of population make 75-150k +
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.