Report: Nashville the second-most vibrant arts community in the U.S.

Nashville Business Journal

E.J. Boyer
Staff Reporter-Nashville Business Journal
Jan 27, 2015,

A new report released this month ranks Nashville as the country’s second-most vibrant arts community, among metro statistical areas with populations greater than one million people.

The report, compiled by Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research, ranked more than 900 communities across the country, highlighting the top 20 large markets and the top 20 medium and small markets.

Vibrancy in this case was measured as the level of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture on a per-capita basis. Supply was defined as the number of arts providers in the community; demand was gauged by the amount of nonprofit art dollars in a community; and government support tracked federal and state arts dollars and grants.

Nashville ranked behind only Washington, D.C., and ahead of New York, Boston and San Francisco, which rounded out the top five large markets.

According to the report, Nashville ranked in the top 10 percent of all cities on every measure, scoring especially well (first place) among arts providers.

“[Nashville] has long been known for its expansive music scene, but the emergence of world-class visual arts and performing arts options has put Nashville – Music City – on the map as an artistic and culturally rich destination,” the report concludes. It highlights high-levels of public support for the arts at the local level, generous individual donors and new business development programs for artists like Periscope.

E.J. Boyer covers the Music City’s tourism, hospitality and music business.