The big music, famous venues, and songwriting legends. They're all right here in Nashville, a community where you'll see how music can connect the life and soul of a city and its people - weaving a fundamental pattern in its cultural, business, and social fabric.
Nashville is the capital and most populous city of Tennessee. Located on the Cumberland River, it has a population of approximately 1,903,045 residents and a recent U.S. Census Bureau report stated that the city grew by 106 people a day between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
Commonly known as "Music City," Nashville prides itself on being authentic, accessible, and affordable. Before you even arrive at baggage claim, the city's beautiful, light-filled airport starts every stay off on the right note as live music, vivid artwork, and the tantalizing aromas of a variety of delicious cuisines tease what's to come. The city is one of only six cities in the nation where three interstates connect, and is within 600 miles of more than 40 percent of the U.S. population, providing easy access no matter what mode of transportation. And, with scores of attractions, events, and music venues that are cheap or flat-out free, Nashville is a great overall value.
Nashville hosted 14.8 million visitors in FY17-18, a 4.8 percent increase from 2017’s record 14.1 million visitors. And the Music City Center, where the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference will be held, opened in May 2013. The 1.2 million-square-foot convention center features more than 375,000 square feet of exhibit space, 128,000 square feet of meeting space, two ballrooms, a business center, and a 2,500-seat theater.
Top attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; taking a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B; visiting The Parthenon; The Bluebird Cafe in Green Hills and downtown’s The Listening Room Cafe; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Ryman Auditorium, also called the “Mother Church of Country Music"; and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President.