Nashville made Travel + Leisure’s list of Best Places to Travel in 2014, making it a must-visit destination for meeting attendees. Luckily, Music City has made corporate event planning easy with the opening of several new meeting venues—ideal for music-savvy meetings. Here are five of Nashville’s latest venues that corporate event planners will want to consider for their next Nashville meeting.
- Music City Center. Perhaps the most widely anticipated meeting venue for event planners is Music City Center, which opened in May 2013. Its 1.2 million sf of meeting and exhibition space—large enough to accommodate 75 percent of the nation’s convention market—make Nashville a competitive option for the industry now. Plus, its numerous outdoor terraces and floor-to-ceiling make it feel less convention-y. Its location in the SoBro neighborhood (south of Broadway) also give meeting goers access to some of the liveliest restaurants and music venues for which this city is known.
- City Winery Nashville. One of those new music venues to open in SoBro later this fall is City Winery Nashville. The City Winery group started its part-music venue, part-winery and part-restaurant concept in New York, but has since expanded to Chicago; Napa, Calif.; and now Nashville. The group is converting a 30,000-sf warehouse into a 350-seat music venue, 150-capacity restaurant, fully functioning winery and private event space. Alt-country bands such as Carbon Leaf and the Wood Brothers are already on the music venue’s line-up.
- Johnny Cash Museum Event Center. Opened in May 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum tells the story of music legend Johnny Cash, and its event space is the perfect way to incorporate that story into your next event. Ideal for about 120 attendees, the event space can be used in conjunction with the museum for larger groups. In fact, the space flows directly into the museum, allowing attendees to check out historical documents, costumes and instruments that highlight Johnny Cash’s life. The collection, for instance, features the handwritten manuscript to the last song ever written by the famous musician.
- Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. In June 2013, the Nashville Municipal Auditorium started housing the Musicians’ Hall of Fame and Museum, which was forced out of its previous location due to the construction of Music City Center. As such, the museum offers a new take on corporate event offerings. The 30,000-sf museum doubles as a creative event space that features historic music memorabilia such as instruments played by Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas and the Beach Boys. It’s divided into cities that have a history of recorded music: obviously Nashville, as well as Detroit, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York.
- Gray Line’s Nashville Tour. While not a venue per se, Gray Line recently started offering a 3.5-hour bus tour for groups that want to experience the sites filmed in ABC’s show, Nashville. Ideal for groups that want to venture off site, the tour takes attendees to the homes of Rayna, Deacon, Scarlett and Lamar. A visit to Ryman Auditorium stage—where Rayna and Juliette performed their duet, “Wrong Song”—is also a stop on the tour, as well as a visit to local-favorite Bluebird Café.