Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, supports emerging artists, and provides inclusive arts enrichment and educational programming for adults and youth. Musicians Corner currently presents 18 free music events a year in Nashville's Centennial Park in partnership with the City of Nashville and local music industry, showcasing over 750 emerging artists since its inception in 2010, and presenting legends like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. As part of the Centennial Park Restoration, a permanent home is being built for Musicians Corner, as a cultural meeting place of community engagement that promotes arts education, supports artists, and fosters a love of the arts among adults and children.
Musicians Corner's Fifth Anniversary Season takes place on Saturdays in May, June, September and October.
Nashville has long been recognized as a mecca for nimble pickers, sharp-eyed storytellers, and big-voiced dreamers, but many will attest that it isn't just the talent and vision of Music City artists that makes the town so unique - it's Nashville's sense of community.
Ben Armistead, Board Member of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, was inspired by "Speaker's Corner" in London's Hyde Park, to recommend the creation of a global music landmark and community gathering space in Centennial Park where musical performers would illustrate the diversity, passion, and fellowship of Music City. A place where local vendors and activities would augment the pastiche of musical performances to create unique community events.
Musicians Corner was created in 2010 with the support of Nashville's Mayor, Karl Dean, and founding Steering Committee members Sylvia Rapoport - Conservancy President, Hope Stringer - Conservancy Board Chair, Jody Williams - Vice President of Writer Publisher Relations at BMI, Paul Worley - Grammy award winning producer, Ben Armistead - Conservancy Board Member, and John Styll - Music Entrepreneur.
Musicians Corner is a central point, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its music. Music in all forms. Music to entertain us, build bridges within our community, welcome our visitors and connect us with the world. There are many genres of music in Nashville which are celebrated in various ways. There are also many festivals that focus on one genre of music. Musicians Corner is the gathering place where the entire music industry and community come together to support and hear all genres of music. It is a prime example of why we are Music City and how various music organizations can work together on one program for our city, its residents, and visitors.
Musicians Corner's long-term goal is to build a permanent home as part of the Master Plan revitalization of Centennial Park - a global music landmark where people from around the world can visit and express themselves through song in Music City. Construction on phase one our permanent location began in 2014. We expect to move into our permanent site for our Fall 2015 Season, with a permanent stage and canopy to follow in phase two of the project.
Musicians Corner currently presents free afternoon lawn parties on Saturdays in May, June, September, and October that are attended by people of all ages and backgrounds. Events include main and acoustic stage performances, Kidsville activities, Dogville activities and services, a dog of the day award, local food trucks and artisans, featured charity partners, the MC Pub, giveaways, and more family friendly fun.
One aspect that sets Musicians Corner apart from other events is the is wide age range of the audience from small children to senior citizens who gather together on the lawn in Nashville's central park. Musicians Corner presents family friendly music events that take place in the afternoon and thereby attract many families with young children. Musicians Corner fills a need for free outdoor music for people of all ages to enjoy during the day in Nashville. It also fills a need for the entire music industry to come together and showcase why we are Music City.
In its initial six years, the Musicians Corner audience has substantially grown in size from 5,000 people in 2010 to over 50,000 in 2014. Musicians Corner events have expanded with the introduction of a Kidsville area, Musical Meet & Greets, Dogville, our Dog of the Day showcase, a Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, local artisans, and the Musicians Corner Pub, . Musicians Corner has showcased over 750 emerging and established artists on its stage and has provided over 400 hours of youth programming to 15,000 children.
More than 750 artists haver performed at Musicians Corner, including emerging artists like Ben Sollee, Matthew Perryman Jones, Melinda Doolittle, Trent Dabbs, Sandra McCracken, Jon McLaughlin, Derek Webb, Damien Horne, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Elenowen, Andrew Ripp, Ben Rector, Steve Moakler, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, The Vespers, Katie Herzig, Andrew Belle, and The Kopecky Family Band. Legendary performers have graced the Musicians Corner stage including Vince Gill in 2010, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, and Pat McLaughlin in 2011, The McCrary Sisters, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, and The Blind Boys of Alabama in 2012, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Fairfield Four, and Shelby Lynne in 2013, and Robert Earl Keeen and Jars of Clay in 2014. One historic moment was during the Spring 2012 Kick Off event when the Fisk Jubilee Singers delivered their first Centennial Park performance in over 100 years.
Musicians Corner is a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.