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Overview

Located in the heart of downtown, the Music City Center is just steps away from wonderful hotels, gourmet restaurants, and of course, incredible live music. Come see us in Music City – you will be amazed with how easy and entertaining your next convention experience will be. Our spectacular new building was designed with you in mind. Whether you’re planning a major national convention or an executive board meeting, the Music City Center’s expansive facilities will exceed your expectations.  With 1.2 million square feet of meeting and exhibition space, the Music City Center has the flexibility to accommodate all of your needs.

The Music City Center is the perfect venue for any size event, from a small, private dinner to a large-scale convention. We have the space and flexibility to provide you with many unique options for your event. Whether you need an executive board room or a spacious ballroom, the Music City Center can fit your needs. Your guests can also enjoy beautiful views of downtown Nashville from our numerous outdoor terraces. 

Facilities

Exhibition Area (sq ft)
353,143
Exhibition Hall
8
Largest Ballroom (sq ft)
57,500
Ballroom (seating)
NA
Hotels (rooms)
NA
Largest Meeting Space (sq ft)
90,000
Meeting (rooms)
55
Meeting Space (sq ft)
18,000
Catering
-
Open Outdoor Area (sq ft)
NA
Dining (seating)
NA
Auditorium (seating)
NA

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Press Releases

Oct 28, 2019

Nashville leads the nation in hotel growth. But how many more hotels can the economy support?


Oct 25, 2019

Music City Center Releases Annual Sustainability Report


Oct 17, 2019

Project Nashville: Historic growth brings incredible food waste


Oct 10, 2019

Mayor John Cooper, Music City Center announce deal to boost budget by $12.6 million


Sep 19, 2019

Charles Starks on ‘What’s the 411’ on Fisk Radio’s Jazzy 88


Jun 17, 2019

WKRN features Music City Center's Sustainability Projects


Jul 14, 2016

Music City Center Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Music City Center Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Nashville, TN (July 14, 2016)  The Music City Center announced today the installation of nine electric vehicle (EV) car charging stations in its three-level garage.
 
The new Blink Level 2 EV chargers are able to rapidly recharge electric cars and accept payment with a major credit card via the Blink InCard, Blink mobile application or Blink customer support. Blink’s free membership offers drivers discounted charging fees on select public electric vehicle chargers on the Blink network. Drivers can become a Blink member and pinpoint Blink charging locations through the Blink mobile application or www.blinknetwork.com.
 
The Music City Center also recently retrofitted all the light fixtures in the 900,000 square foot garage with the KOBI Electric T8 LED lamp. These lights will reduce overall energy usage by 70 percent, saving an estimated $48,500 annually. The project was partially paid for through a grant from TVA’s Energy Right Program.
 
“We’ve made sustainability and energy reduction a top priority since day one and we are committed to doing everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “Both the LED lights and the charging stations will further our commitment to environmental stewardship while enhancing the appearance of our garage.”
 
The Authority also voted this morning to re-elect Marty Dickens as Chair of the Convention Center Authority for this coming fiscal year. Vonda McDaniel was re-elected as Vice-Chair and Mona Lisa Warren was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer.

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Jun 22, 2016

Music City Center Reaches $1 Billion in Economic Impact

Nashville, TN (June 22, 2016)  The Convention Center Authority announced this morning that the Music City Center has generated $1 billion in direct economic impact for the city in its first three years open.

 
Since opening in May 2013, the Music City Center has hosted 961 events with 1,929,843 attendees, generating over $1 billion in direct economic impact. On hand to make the announcement this morning was Mayor Megan Barry, Marty Dickens, Chairman of the Convention Center Authority, and Joe Lamond, President and CEO of the National Association of Music Merchants, longtime Nashville and Music City Center customer.
 
“This is a true testament to what is happening here in Nashville and all the work that has gone in to making this city a great destination for meetings and conventions,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “Our vision from the beginning was for the Music City Center to have a positive economic impact on the city of Nashville and watching that vision come to fruition in the first three years open is incredibly gratifying.”

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Jun 8, 2016

Music City Center Awarded Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

Nashville, TN (June 8, 2016)  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced the winners of the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. Music City Center was named the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipient in the Pursuit of Excellence category.

 
“Since opening, we have strived to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our operations,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “We are incredibly honored to receive this award and be recognized for the work we do daily to reduce our environmental footprint.”
 
The Music City Center was awarded the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the Building Green Category in 2013 and received LEED Gold Certification for New Construction in 2014. Since then, the MCC has continued to make sustainability a top priority in operations and implemented a number of programs to reduce energy and water usage. The building also has an extensive recycling program that diverts hundreds of tons from the landfill, donates leftover food to local community partners and composts all other inedible leftovers.
 
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Nov 12, 2015

Music City Center On Track To Have Record-Breaking Fiscal Year

Nashville, TN (November 12, 2015)  The Music City Center announced this morning that the building has hosted over 100 events generating $148.5 million in economic impact so far this fiscal year.

 
The Music City Center hosted 31 events with 46,381 attendees in October, generating 36,036 room nights for a total of $37.9 million in economic impact. Fiscal year to date the building has hosted 102 events with 233,695 attendees, generating $148.5 million in economic impact. Tax collections continue to outperform expectations and the Music City Center portion of tax collections was up 4.99 percent year over year for August.
 
Between Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Juice Plus and Society of Women Engineers, not to mention a number of other midsize events, we were incredibly busy in October‚ said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. This year the events have really been back to back with almost no down time which is a testament to Nashville's strength as a convention destination.

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Nov 6, 2015

Convention Center Authority Members To Serve Another Term

Nashville, TN (November 6, 2015)  he Metro Council has confirmed the reappointments of Randy Goodman, Vonda McDaniel and Willie McDonald for another four-year term with the Convention Center Authority. Goodman, McDaniel and McDonald's reappointments were proposed by Mayor Megan Barry and approved by Metro Council Tuesday evening.

We feel so lucky to have leaders in our community that are willing to serve on the board and help us grow the convention business in downtown Nashville, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. I am so thankful that Randy, Vonda and Willie are willing to serve another term. Their expertise and insight is incredibly valuable to us and we are excited to have them on board for the next four years.

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Oct 8, 2015

Music City Center Economic Impact Doubles Year Over Year

Nashville, TN (October 8, 2015)  The Music City Center announced this morning that the building has generated over $110 million in economic impact in the first three months of fiscal year 2016, which is double what was generated during the first three months of fiscal year 2015.

 
The Music City Center hosted 31 events with 41,696 attendees in September, generating 12,438 room nights for a total of $21 million in economic impact. Fiscal year to date the building has hosted 71 events with 187,314 attendees, generating $110.6 million in economic impact. Tax collections continue to outperform expectations and the Music City Center portion of tax collections was up 19.72 percent year over year for July.
 
Our team continues to do an outstanding job juggling multiple, large events in the building at the same time and this has enabled us to produce these kind of economic impact numbers, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. ‚ÄúDuring Mayor Barry's Inauguration in the Grand Ballroom, we had 15,000 guests in the building for other events and everything went very smoothly.

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Sep 24, 2015

Music City Center Receives Downtown Partnership LIVE Award

Nashville, TN (September 24, 2015) The Music City Center was awarded the 2015 Nashville Downtown Partnership Award in the LIVE category today for the recent addition of bee hives on the green roof.

 
The Nashville Downtown Partnership Annual Awards honor individuals, companies and organizations for outstanding achievements in the LIVE, WORK, PLAY and INVEST categories. Awards are presented to downtown groups or individuals who have made significant contributions toward the partnership's core purpose to make downtown Nashville the compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to live, work, play and invest.
 
The LIVE award recognizes new or innovative residential developments, successful promotion of downtown living, or an ongoing successful track record in residential development. The Downtown Partnership honored the Music City Center for promoting sustainable lifestyles and local food as a way of green urban living.
 
The Downtown Partnership has done so much for the city and we are honored to receive this award, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “It's incredible how much downtown Nashville has changed over the last eight years and our team is dedicated to making sure that growth continues in a sustainable way.

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Aug 19, 2015

Convention Center Authority Announces New Member

Nashville, TN (August 19. 2015)  The Convention Center Authority announced the appointment of a new member, Renata Soto. Soto was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed by Metro Council last night.

 
Renata Soto is the co-founder and Executive Director of Conexion Americas. She was born in Costa Rica and started her nonprofit career as Community Relations Coordinator for the Latin American Association. Once in Nashville, Soto worked for the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville before founding Conexion Americas, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Nashville's Latino population.  In the years since, Conexion has launched Casa Azafran, a community center on Nolensville Road for immigrants of all backgrounds.
 
Renata has generously served the Nashville community for years and we are excited to have her on the board,‚Äù said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. Her ability to bridge communities is much like that of her predecessor, Francis Guess, and we look forward to having her valuable insight and expertise. 
 
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Jul 20, 2015

Music City Center Reports Record-Breaking Fiscal Year

Nashville, TN (July 20, 2015) The Music City Center announced this morning that the building has generated over $390 million in economic impact during fiscal year 2015.

 
The Music City Center hosted 305 events with 676,060 attendees during fiscal year 2015 generating 389,696 room nights for a total of $392.2 million in economic impact. Since opening just over two years ago, the building has hosted 672 events with 1.3 million attendees generating over $645 million in direct economic impact. Tax collections continue to outperform expectations and the Music City Center portion of tax collections is up 21.67 percent year over year through April for fiscal year 2015. The Music City Center is also currently tracking to greatly exceed their budgeted operational bottom line projections and should close out the fiscal year with an excess of $45 million in reserves.
 
This fiscal year has without a doubt exceeded our expectations, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. We are incredibly pleased with our attendance and economic impact numbers which can be attributed to several large groups we've had with us this year groups that would have never been able to come to downtown Nashville without the Music City Center.

Jun 8, 2015

Music City Center Installs Bee Hives on Green Roof

Nashville, TN (June 8, 2015) The four-acre green roof at the Music City Center is now home to over 100,000 bees.

The bees live in four hives on the green roof and are expected to produce an estimated 360 pounds of honey annually. Half of this honey will be used by the Music City Center culinary team, while the rest will be jarred for promotional use. The first harvest is expected to be ready in spring of 2016.

We've made it a top priority to use local products in the kitchen and this is as local as it gets, said Chef Max Knoepfel, Executive Chef of the Music City Center. We can literally walk out the back door and get honey for anything we need. The bees should produce more than enough needed for the kitchen and we can give what's leftover to clients and visitors.

Aside from being a source of food, the bees are essential to a sustainable environment and there has been a decline in honeybee populations in the last few years. Last month, the Obama administration released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

Honey bees play a key role in our ecosystem and the widespread use of insecticides is killing off the honey bees at an alarming rate, said Jamie Meredith, the Music City Center's beekeeper. Bees fertilize about 85 percent of plants, so it's incredibly important that we create a safe home for them.

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May 20, 2015

Music City Center Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Nashville, TN (May 20. 2015)  Two years ago today the Music City Center opened its doors for the first time during the two-day Grand Opening celebration.

 
Since then, the Music City Center has hosted 620 events with 1.1 million attendees, generating 633,025 room nights for a total of $550.7 million in direct economic impact. The MCC has also hosted 118 local non-profit events and spent 48.66 percent of the operating budget with minority, women-owned and small businesses.
 
These past two years have exceeded even our highest expectations and I'm incredibly proud of our team for the job they do every day,‚Äù said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. We are continuing to hear all positive feedback from our customers. They love the new building, they love being in Nashville and they can't wait to come back. 
 
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Feb 9, 2015

Convention Center Authority Grants MOU Extension

Nashville, TN (February 9, 2015)  The Convention Center Authority voted this afternoon to grant Spectrum/Emery Development, LLC an extension on the memorandum of understanding and extend the exclusivity agreement until March 31, 2015. The memorandum of understanding naming Spectrum/Emery as the master developer of the Nashville Convention Center site was entered into on January 9, 2014.

 
Spectrum/Emery is working diligently on finalizing a very complex transaction, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. ‚ÄúWe are very confident that they are close to reaching a final agreement so it just makes sense to extend the deadline in order to make sure everything is done correctly. 
 
The Authority also announced last month's numbers for the Music City Center. During the month of January, the Music City Center hosted 14 events with 47,098 attendees, generating 14,525 room nights for a total of $31.9 million in economic impact. To date, the Music City Center has generated over $125 million during fiscal year 2015. Tax collections continue to outperform projections and the Music City Center portion of tax collections was up 33.77 percent year over year for November 2014. 
 
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