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Tennessee is synonymous with music.

Tennessee is synonymous with music. The Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, “Music City, U.S.A.” While steeped in country and blues, don’t overlook the state’s thriving jazz, hip hop, classical, and rock scene – a mecca for true music lovers. From Miss Dolly to Miss Miley, Taylor to Justin, Paramore to Kings of Leon, Tennessee is home to countless music superstars brought up by the state's vital and world-renowned music scene.


  • Craig Morgan
  • Dolly Parton
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Kesha
  • Kings of Leon
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Paramore
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tina Turner

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Americanafest Festival
  • Ascend Amphitheater
  • Beale Street Music Festival
  • Big Ears Festival
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival
  • Bridgestone Arena
  • CMA Music Festival
  • FedExForum
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Monte Hale Arena
  • Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • Nissan Stadium
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • Rhythm N Blooms Festival
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • The Cannery Ballroom
  • Thompson–Boling Arena
  • Vanderbilt Stadium

Music Schools

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Blair School of Music
  • Crown College of the Bible
  • Lee University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee

Major Music Conferences

  • Americanafest
  • CD Baby DIY Musician Conference
  • Country Radio Seminar
  • Immerse
  • MusicBiz
  • Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) Summit
  • Summer NAMM
  • SYNC Summit Nashville
  • Tin Pan South
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