Local music community, the Greater Nashville Music Census wants to hear from you

Nashville joins a cohort of 20 other US cities launching similar surveys to capture information about the local music economy.

Country artist Jon Pardi performing to a large music festival crowd.

The Country Music Association is one of 10 lead partners for the Greater Nashville Music Census. | Photo by Donn Jones via CMA

If you’re involved in the local music scene — professionally, part-time, or even on a volunteer basis — the Greater Nashville Music Census wants to hear from you.

The census, which launched on Friday, is a grassroots, not-for-profit initiative lead by 10 organizations with the help of 70+ community partners. The coalition aims to gain insight into the current needs of the Nashville music community through the census.

Now that we’ve covered the “what” — let’s look at the who, when, where, and why behind the Greater Nashville Music Census.

  • Who: Residents contributing any type of music-related work, whether that’s writing chart-topping hits, strumming guitars in Nashville bars, pursuing a music degree, working at a record label, volunteering at a nonprofit… the list goes on.
  • When: The survey is open for the first three weeks in March and takes up to ~20 minutes to complete. Expect the results to be shared in early summer.
  • Where: To participate, you must be 18 years or older and live in Davidson or one of these 13 surrounding counties.
  • Why: The coalition hopes the results collected will “help the city and community make better informed, data-driven decisions to support [Nashville’s] music ecosystem moving forward.”

To learn more about the initiative and access the survey, visit the website.

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