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 presents free music events in Nashville's downtown Centennial Park in partnership with the City of Nashville and local music industry, showcasing over 1,000 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 was 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.
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.
Inspired by Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, a global music landmark and community gathering space was created in Centennial Park where musical performers illustrate diversity, passion, and fellowship. Local vendors and activities 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.
In 2016, Musicians Corner moved into its permanent home as part of the revitalization of Centennial Park - a global music landmark where people from around the world can visit and express themselves through song in Music City.
Musicians Corner is located at the corner of 27th & West End in Centennial Park.
The Musicians Corner audience has substantially grown in size from 5,000 people in 2010 to over 75,000 in 2017. The events have expanded over the years with the introduction of the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, local artisans, food trucks, a Kidsville area, services for dogs, and the Musicians Corner Pub.