Nashville Announces Music City's July 4th Lineup
GRAMMY®-nominated and Mercury Records Nashville recording artist Billy Currington will headline one of the city's signature events this summer – "Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!". The show lineup will also include country singer Ashley Monroe, singer/songwriting duo Striking Matches, and the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The July 4th event will feature live music and family activities, and the headlining concert will be followed by one of the nation's best fireworks displays choreographed to live music.

Nashville Tops the Best Places to Visit in 2014
Nashville is being recognized as one of the top destinations for this year! Condé Nast Traveler listed Music City as one of the Destinations You Don't Want to Miss Out On in 2014. The publication touts the city's many food options and proclaims, "If you don't get there soon, you may find yourself in the 'tragically unhip' category." Travel + Leisure listed Nashville as one of The Best Places to Travel in 2014 among destinations like Rio De Janeiro, Iceland, Warsaw, and Cape Town. Only three U.S. cities were recognized. The New York Times named Nashville one of the top 52 Places to Go in 2014 for its many music options and thriving culinary scene. And Music City is on Fodor's Go List for 2014, noted for "gaining hipster cred while maintaining its honky-tonk roots."

Music City Songwriting Competition Accepting Original Songs Through February 15
The NCVC is conducting a worldwide search for the best original song in 2013 and is partnering with Jana Kramer, American Songwriter Magazine, GAC, Southwest Airlines®, and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen. All entrants will receive a copy of Jana Kramer's self titled CD. The winning songwriter will be flown to Nashville for a TV interview, mentoring session with Jana Kramer, time with a professional songwriter for a Q&A, the opportunity for a single song publishing deal, plus more. See the full list of prizes here. The competition will accept entries from now until February 15, 2014 and is open to amateur songwriters only. For more information about the competition, please visit

Local Landmarks Receive High Marks from Forbes and Pollstar
Congratulations to NCVC members recognized in the Forbes Travel Guide, which serves as a recommendation for travelers in the U.S., Canada, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, and Singapore. Nashville's historic Hermitage Hotel was the only hotel in Tennessee to earn a five-star rating. Hutton Hotel earned a four-star rating, as did its 1808 Grille restaurant. Hermitage's Capitol Grille and Union Station's Prime 108 also earned four-star ratings. In addition, congratulations to the following NCVC members who are Pollstar Award nominees. Winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards on February 21 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Bridgestone Arena - Arena of the Year
Mercy Lounge - Nightclub of the Year
Ryman Auditorium - Theatre of the Year
The Woods at Fontanel - Red Rocks Award for Small Outdoor Venue

Upcoming Sales for Nashville Meeting Planning Guide and Visitors Guide, Volume 2
More than 2,500 meeting planning guides are distributed to meeting planners across the country and 500,000 visitor guides are in circulation each year, making both publications great tools through which to introduce your organization to our visitors. Be on the lookout for upcoming advertising sales information for the 2014-2015 Meeting Planning Guide and 2014 Visitors Guide, Volume 2 (July-December) from Journal Communications.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
Congratulations to Justin Dearman (not pictured), Calvin Palm, Katie Histed, and David Weinstock of the Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Michelle Prather of the TownePlace Suites Nashville Airport for being named Music City Hitmakers for the months of October and November. Read their stories here. The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes the extraordinary customer service of Nashville's front-line hospitality employees. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Think a member of your staff deserves recognition? Make sure you've got Music City Hitmakers materials so they can be nominated.

Brand Champion
War Memorial Auditorium
The historic War Memorial Auditorium is located in the heart of downtown Nashville and sits directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol. Exquisite, elegant, and versatile, this site has been making history since 1925. Originally built as a memorial to the 3,400 Tennesseans who died in World War I, the auditorium became the first performance home of the Nashville Symphony and the Grand Ole Opry. For nearly 90 years the musical legacy has continued with hundreds of celebrity artists across all genres performing there, including David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Procol Harem with opening act The Eagles, Ray Charles, Liberace, Jim Croce, KISS, R.E.M., Barry Manilow, Mumford & Sons, Jason Mraz, Atoms for Peace, Marilyn Manson, Robert Plant, and more. Upcoming acts include Tommy Emmanuel, Lee Brice and Randy Houser with American Young and Parmalee, Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph, The Southern Soul Assembly Tour, Switchfoot, and more. For playing a huge part in Nashville's music history and for keeping the tradition alive, we name War Memorial Auditorium this month's brand champion.

Industry Indicators
Tax Collections
November tax collections were $3,391,779, an increase of 28.59% over November 2012. Tax collections year-to-date are $17,768,133, an increase of 21.23% over year-to-date in 2012.

December 2013 hotel data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 6.6% over December 2012
  • Occupancy increased 1.0% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 9.1% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 10.2% over the previous year
  • Hotel Room Revenue increased 16.3% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 5.5% over the previous year

2013 (Jan-Dec) hotel data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 7.4% over 2012
  • Occupancy increased 5.5% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 8.3% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 14.3% over the previous year
  • Hotel Room Revenue increased 16.4% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 1.8% over the previous year

In terms of rooms sold, 2013 was the best year on record for Nashville. Every month in 2013 broke the record for the highest number of rooms sold for that month in Nashville's history.

Calendar year 2013: Among the Top 25 Markets, Nashville ranked #1 for percent increase in rooms sold and room revenue, #2 in revPAR, #3 in occupancy, and #6 in ADR.

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Start DateEnd DateOrganizationAttendanceLocation
01/28/201402/01/2014TN Horticultural Expo200Nashville Airport Marriott
01/30/201402/01/2014Lifeway Christian Resources130Holiday Inn Express Downtown
02/02/201402/08/2014 Natl Cattlemen's Beef Assn8000Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
02/03/201402/05/2014Cardinal Health80Hutton Hotel
02/03/201402/05/2014Brenntag175Renaissance Nashville Hotel

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All Access Training
February 11
NCVC Office

Nashville Backstage
February 20
NCVC Office

Creating Applause
March 4
NCVC Office

Nashville Backstage:
Side 2

March 20
NCVC Office

Sell Nashville
March 27
NCVC Office

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Freeman Webb Inc.

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