NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 9, 2020 – The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, in partnership with Nashville’s Music Venue Alliance, has launched Music City Bandwidth presented by Jack Daniel’s to support independent music venues and Nashville-based musicians. Music City Bandwidth will host 30 virtual concerts in September and October starting 7 p.m. Sept. 14.
Fifteen independent Nashville music venues will provide gigs for approximately 120 Nashville-based musicians of diverse genres. The concerts will be streamed around the world at www.musiccitybandwidth.com. At this time, there will be no live audiences due to physical distancing and crowd size limitations mandated by the city.
Confirmed artists include Andrew Combs; Brett James; Creature Comfort; Devon Gilfillian; Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos; Jason Eskridge; Kalie Shorr; Marshall Chapman with Tommy Womack & Will Kimbrough; Patrick Sweany; *repeat repeat; The Last Bandoleros; The Pink Spiders; The Shindellas; The Wild Feathers; Trigger Hippy; Victoria Shaw; and Wooten Brothers. The show schedule will be posted on www.musiccitybandwidth.com.
Shows will air at 7 p.m. CDT on certain dates in September and October. Each venue will host two shows and must book Nashville-based acts representing diverse genres. Participating venues include the following:
• 3rd and Lindsley
• Mercy Lounge
• The 5 Spot
• The Basement
• The Basement East
• The Bluebird Cafe
• The East Room
• The End
• The High Watt
• The Listening Room
• Rudy’s Jazz Room
• Station Inn
The creative marketing initiative is being paid for by Tennessee CARES Act funds earmarked for destination marketing organizations such as the NCVC to support tourism recovery.
These 15 independent music venues have averaged a 90 percent revenue loss since mid-March. The Music Venue Alliance estimates 15 percent of them will permanently close in one month; 38 percent in six weeks; and 13 weeks from now all but one will permanently close without financial assistance. That could result in the loss of 5,600 annual concerts; $5 million paid to 46,000 musicians annually; 389 lost jobs; and more than $2 million in lost city and state taxes annually.
The city recently approved $2 million in CARES Act funding for small music venues.
Donations to a relief fund for local venues and musicians can be made at musiccitybandwidth.com, where Music City Bandwidth t-shirts will also be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting these venues.
About The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.
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