Statement from Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp regarding the March 3, 2020 tornado event:
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out following the devastating tornadoes that hit our city and state. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected. We are staying in close touch with the Mayor’s Office, our partners in the hospitality industry and other city and community leaders. For those who have asked, we are accepting donations through our Music City Inc. Foundation, and those funds will be immediately distributed directly to families significantly impacted. The NCVC has made an initial donation of $10,000 to start the fund. We have already heard from hospitality industry partners with employees who have lost homes, and we are in contact with Metro Council districts with the most damage to assist with their needs. We are grateful that even with all the devastation, the majority of the city and the downtown entertainment district was spared. As we support those in need and focus on their immediate concerns, we are encouraged that Nashville’s music will keep playing. The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and others are open, and many will be collecting donations from audience members. Our industry has come together to focus on helping our neighbors while also serving our visitors.”
No city pulls together like Music City does. We've been through tough times before and we come out stronger every time. And we'll do it now. If you want to help: Thank You!
Ways to help:
- Donate online, via Venmo through https://venmo.com/VisitMusicCity, or through PayPal recipient firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation to Music City Inc., the 501c(3) charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. You can also send a check payable to Music City Inc. at 150 4th Avenue North, Ste. G-250, Nashville, TN 37219.
- Donate funds to the Community Foundation's Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund: cfmt.org
- Donate items to the Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210: facebook.com/CRCNashville/
- Volunteer at Hands On Nashville: hon.org
Information for those impacted by the storm:
- Get real-time information on road closures, shelters, voting day updates, and more through the Metro Storm Response Information: nashville.gov
- The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena are serving pizza starting at 11am today to all those impacted by last night's storm.
Displaced Jobs Assistance:
If you have employees who are currently displaced from their job, please have them contact email@example.com with their needs. At the same time, if you are currently open for business and able to offer temporary employment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your opportunities. HospitalityTN is coordinating efforts to keep Nashville’s hospitality community employed while the city recovers.
While most of Nashville is open and welcoming guests, there are some that are closed today while damage is being assessed. Please keep in mind that these lists are not exhaustive. Germantown and East Nashville were the hardest hit areas of Nashville; please call ahead to any businesses you may want to visit in those areas. (information is for March 3 unless otherwise noted)
- 3rd & Lindsley
- 5th & Taylor
- The Basement East
- Bongo East
- Burger Up East Nashville (12South location is open; go visit!)
- Butchertown Hall
- Christie Cookie Co. in Germantown is closed (12South location is open; go visit!)
- City House
- The Cupcake Collection
- FieldHouse Jones
- First Horizon Park
- Five Points Pizza
- Henrietta Red
- Hunter's Station
- Nashville Farmers' Market
- Paddywax Candle Bar (Berry Hill location is open; go visit!)
- Party Fowl Donelson (other locations are open; go visit!)
- Rolf & Daughters
- Steadfast Coffee
- Tennessee State Museum is closed March 3 & 4
- Von Elrod's
- Adele's is offering a free lunch buffett, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Adventure Science Center is offering free admission this week to families impacted by the tornado.
- Airbnb has activated its Open Homes Program to offer free, temporary housing to those impacted by the storm.
- Anderson Design Group is donating 50% of profits from a collection of Nashville posters to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Hands On Nashville.
- Bink's Outfitters is donating net proceeds of their TriStar and I Believe in Nashville t-shirts sold today and tomorrow (3/4) to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
- Bode Nashville is offering 25% off rooms for Nashville residents impacted by the tornado, available through the end of March with code SAVE25.
- Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row is hosting a special relief concert hosted by singer/songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny and friends on Monday, March 9.
- Edley's East is handing out free BBQ sandwiches to the East Nashville community today.
- Eighth & Roast is collecting donations for displaced hospitality workers.
- Frothy Monkey is accepting donations for the Community Resource Center to support neighbors affected by the Nashville Tornado.
- Good Southerner is donating 100% of profits in March from their Love Nash and Love TN stickers to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for tornado relief efforts.
- The Grand Ole Opry will go on as scheduled. Tune in to hear it online at opry.com and wsmonline.com.
- Grinder's Switch Winery is donating ALL tasting fees to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Response Fund this Saturday.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood is offering $99 rates March 3-6 for people impacted by the storm. Contact email@example.com for details.
- I Believe in Nashville is donating 100% of all profits from I Believe in Nashville shirts sold during the entire month of March to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
- Lyft has activated their Disaster Response program until March 10 to offer discounted rides using code NASHRELIEF20 for those evacuating to local shelters and wanting to donate blood to the American Red Cross.
- Nashville Eater is updating a list of how the local hospitality industry is helping neighbors.
- Nashville Sounds are set up at First Horizon Park with food, water, and helping hands.
- Mane & Rye Dinerant is offering their immediate neighbors to come by to recharge your cell phone to reach out to your families and get 25% of your meal.
- Mewsik Kitty Cafe offers free cat time today for anyone who needs it.
- Mother's Ruin is serving free sloppy joe meals while they last.
- Pemrose is offering a free lunch buffee on Friday.
- Project 615 will give 100% of profits from the Nashville Strong shirt to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
- Redheaded Stranger is offering FREE burgers today from noon until 8pm.
- Ryman Auditorium's George Thorogood concert will go on as scheduled and the venue is donating proceeds from sales of Hatch Show Prints to tornado relief efforts.
- Sapelak Guitars is donating a portion of all proceeds in March and April to Music City Inc.
- Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be collecting items for Gideon’s Army and Community Resource Center, starting March 4th in the box office during regular business hours and also in the Main Lobby during concerts