MUSICIANS CORNER OVERVIEW
Since 2010, Musicians Corner has provided free public access to live music in the heart of Music City. Located in beautiful Centennial Park, the series generally takes place in May / June and September each year. Musicians Corner went completely digital in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Over 1,500 artists have been showcased on the Musicians Corner stage, including legendary artists Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Vince Gill, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Musicians Corner is a program of Centennial Park Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to preserve, enhance, and share the Parthenon and Centennial Park.
INSPIRED BY LONDON'S SPEAKERS' CORNER
Nashville has long been recognized as a destination for some of the brightest and most influential musicians. Though many will attest that the talent and vision of Music City isn't solely what makes it unique -- it's Nashville's sense of community.
Inspired by Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, a global music landmark and community gathering space was created in Centennial Park. Since its inception, Musicians Corner has welcomed music lovers from around the world to share in their appreciation of live music. Local business owners augment the community spirit of the program, with the inclusion of artisans and food vendors at each event.
EMBRACED BY THE CITY & MUSIC INDUSTRY
Musicians Corner began in 2010 with the support of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and founding Steering Committee members:
Jody Williams - Vice President of Writer Publisher Relations, BMI
Paul Worley - Grammy Award winning producer
Ben Armistead - Board Member, Centennial Park Conservancy
Sylvia Rapoport - Founding President, Centennial Park Conservancy
Hope Stringer - Board Chair, Centennial Park Conservancy
John Styll - Music Entrepreneur
A GLOBAL MUSIC LANDMARK
In 2014, construction began on a permanent venue for Musicians Corner in the southwest corner of Centennial Park, as part of a multi-phase Centennial Park Restoration project. The space opened in 2016, and serves as a cultural meeting place promoting community engagement, music appreciation, and arts education.
Musicians Corner is located at the corner of 27th Ave N & West End.