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Nashville’s entertainment commission focuses on generating business

todayNovember 30, 2023 4

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  • Council woman Joy Styles came to Nashville to pursue a career in country music.
  • She proposed the entertainment commission to the mayor in 2022. It was passed in 2023.
  • The group will focus on all forms of entertainment from film, TV and music to fashion, gaming and animation.

Nashville council member Joy Styles moved to Nashville in 2006 to do country music. Before relocating, she was also an actress in New York. She felt like Nashville would be full of creative opportunities.

Until she got here.

“I moved here to focus 100% on being a country recording artist, and during that time, I realized there as absolutely no connection between the city of Nashville and the creatives,” she told The Tennessean. “How is it that Music City is our moniker, and there’s no buy-in from the city? It was strange for me to come here and see there was an absolute disconnect.”

A 2012 picture of Joy Styles, right, performing with Bekka Bramlett singing background vocals at the Nashville club The Rutledge

What she means by that is the city wasn’t offering incentives for productions to choose Nashville. There was no dedicated permitting office to make the process smooth like other cities have done. Atlanta, for example, Styles said, pulls in a million dollars a year in permitting alone.

Over the next few years, Styles began talking to music and film industry people in town and asking other cities how their film and entertainment offices were set up. Then she set out to create one here in Nashville.



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Written by: Soft FM Radio Staff

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