History

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MUSICIANS CORNER OVERVIEW

Musicians Corner, a program of Centennial Park Conservancy, provides free public access to live music in Nashville's Centennial Park. The program presents 22 events annually in May / June and September, and since its inception in 2010, Musicians Corner has showcased over 1,500 artists including legends such as Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

As part of the Centennial Park Restoration, a permanent venue was built for Musicians Corner in the southwest corner of Centennial Park. The space serves as a cultural meeting place that promotes arts education, community engagement, and fosters an appreciation music among adults and children.

INSPIRED BY LONDON'S SPEAKERS' CORNER

Nashville has long been recognized as a mecca for nimble pickers, sharp-eyed storytellers, and big-voiced dreamers, though many will attest that it isn't just the talent and vision of Music City 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 passion, diversity, and fellowship. Local vendors and activities augment the pastiche of musical performances to create unique community events.

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 2016, Musicians Corner moved into its permanent home as part of the revitalization of Centennial Park. The space serves as a global landmark where people from around the world may visit and express themselves through song in Music City.

Musicians Corner is located at the corner of 27th & West End in Centennial Park.

YEARS OF GROWTH

The Musicians Corner audience has substantially grown in size from 5,000 people in 2010 to over 75,000 in 2018. The events have expanded over the years with the introduction of the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, local artisans, food trucks, a Kidsville area, and the Musicians Corner Pub.