File #: BL2022-1631    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 12/13/2022 In control: Budget and Finance Committee
On agenda: 4/18/2023 Final action: 4/18/2023
Title: An Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to create the Nashville Music, Film, & Entertainment Commission.
Sponsors: Joy Styles, Ginny Welsch, Kyonzte Toombs, Sandra Sepulveda, Angie Henderson, Erin Evans, Zulfat Suara, Jennifer Gamble, Kathleen Murphy, Delishia Porterfield, Burkley Allen, Jeff Syracuse
Attachments: 1. Substitute BL2022-1631, 2. Second Substitute BL2022-1631
An Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to create the Nashville Music, Film, & Entertainment Commission.

WHEREAS, the Fisk Jubilee Singers first put Nashville on the map as a great city of music while travelling the world during the 1870s in support of Fisk University, performing for Queen Victoria and many famous audiences; and

WHEREAS, WSM's Grand Ole Opry radio show became increasingly popular in the 1920s and helped solidify Nashville's brand as "Music City" when a radio program of that name showcased Nashville's talent further cemented Nashville as a musical center becoming the birthplace of country music; and

WHEREAS, over the last 60 years, the music industry has created dynamic and innovative opportunities to both creatives and entrepreneurs in addition to being a major economic generator for the region; and

WHEREAS, Nashville has also been a growing destination for the film and television industry over the past few decades, beginning with Robert Altman's iconic film Nashville in 1975; and

WHEREAS, such films as Coal Miner's Daughter, The Green Mile, Walk the Line, and Country Strong have been shot in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, airing on ABC and CMT from 2012 through 2018, the television show Nashville was filmed and produced in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, the Nashville Film Office, 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 2006, the State of Tennessee, via the Tennessee Film Commission, passed the Visua...

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