File #: BL2022-1630    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Second Reading
File created: 12/12/2022 In control: Public Facilities, Arts, and Culture Committee
On agenda: 4/4/2023 Final action: 4/4/2023
Title: An Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to create the Nashville Film and Television Advisory Board.
Sponsors: Robert Swope, Jeff Syracuse, Jonathan Hall, John Rutherford, Tonya Hancock, Nancy VanReece
Attachments: 1. Amendment No. 1 to BL2022-1630
An Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to create the Nashville Film and Television Advisory Board.

WHEREAS, while it is recognized that the Music Recording and Live Event Industries have historically generated billions of dollars annually, and have prospered from industry focused Commissions and Boards over the past 25 years, the Nashville motion picture and television industries are in a completely different situation, because unlike music focused business's, the motion picture and television industry has been substantially and critically impacted and challenged by the advent of film incentives enacted by competing cities or states.; and

WHEREAS, the Nashville Film Office that was originally formed in 1993 was substantially impacted through six different incarnations across three different Mayoral Administrations, where each new Administration used its incoming prerogative to reconstruct the Office, from its own independent entity, to a department under the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development, with increasing instability and limited effectiveness, ultimately eroding the Office in function and budget until 2007, when it was disbanded completely and the film permitting function moved the Parks Department; and

WHEREAS, in 2001 a group of film & television industry executives and production companies formed FilmNashville to collectively solicit out of state business and to foster a relationship between a Nashville Film Office and the Tennessee Film Commission, the group set up offices within the then Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2004, and to its credit, succeeded in compiling the first film/television Location and Production directory; and

WHEREAS, in 2006, the State of Tennessee, via the Tennessee Film Commission, passed the Visual Content Act to compete with cities and states that already had or would soon create film incentives in the form of rebates, and/or transferable tax credits; and

WHEREAS, the...

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