Creative Community

Nashville’s unparalleled creative community, with a mashup of musicians, technologists, artists, writers and designers, translates into a tech scene unlike any other in America. Nashville’s celebrated arts and music scene is part of the fabric of our community and contributes to the city’s spirit and livability, with 38 art galleries, eight museums, and more than 120 live music venues.

Live music of every genre can be found almost anywhere in Nashville, which makes the city’s music scene one of the most vibrant in the nation. Arts-related nonprofits are also active in the community, with more than 188 that create, produce and exhibit in the Nashville MSA. With all the creative talent, it comes as no surprise that Nashville has an “arts participation” rate nearly five times the national average.

Nashville Ranks:

#3 in “Creative Vitality” index score in America – Creative Vitality Index

#1 concentration of the music industry in North America – Richard Florida

#1 live music scene in America 2012 – Rolling Stone

#3 best U.S. cities for festivals – Travel + Leisure

#4 friendliest city in the U.S. – Condé Nast Traveler

#8 on list of cities creating the most tech jobs – Forbes

Festivals and Events

Music festivals covering a huge range of music genres energize the region throughout the year. Many of these music and art festivals have received national media attention and attract large and diverse audiences.

A sample of area festivals and events include:


Recognizing that today’s students are tomorrow’s future, educational quality and school choice are important factors to consider when evaluating a community. The Nashville region continues to be an area of consistent, strong growth in the areas of K-12 education and post secondary education.

K-12 Education

With more than 130 public schools in Metro Nashville and more than 50 private schools in the immediate area, the Nashville area offers an array of educational options.

Newsweek releases an annual ranking of the top public high schools in the nation. Two local schools have been listed repeatedly in the top 100: Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School and Nashville’s Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School.
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Post-Secondary Education

More than 100,000 students are enrolled in higher education in the Nashville area, the largest concentration in a four-state region. More than 30 percent of adults in the Nashville region have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and more than 110,000 people have graduate or professional degrees.

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Diverse Population

Our diverse, inclusive population may surprise some, but Middle Tennessee is a rich assembly of people of widely varied backgrounds, experiences and interests.

Nashville’s population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan place to live and work.

Interesting Facts:

• One in six Nashvillians is foreign-born.
• Foreign-born population grew by 203 percent between 1990 and 2000, almost four times as fast as the national average.
• The largest Kurdish community in the world outside the Middle East lives in Nashville.
• Nashville was one of nine U.S. polling centers for the 2010 Iraqi Parliamentary elections.
• 5,000 international scholars and faculty are employed in the region’s 18 colleges and universities.

Population Race and Ethnicity:


White 77.6%
Black/African American 15.3%
Asian 2.4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.3%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other/two or more races 2.1%

Percent change in population by ethnicity(2004-2009):

LGBT Community in Nashville

The LGBT community in Nashville is strong, active and growing at a fast pace, with a dedicated Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce; an annual LGBT Music Fest; the Out and About monthly newspaper, with an audience of more than 250,000 people; and Nashville Pride, a nonprofit community education and advocacy organization, which also hosts the annual LGBT Pride Festival.

Faith Organizations in Nashville

In Middle Tennessee, there are a variety of faiths and religious organizations where you and your family can get connected.

Jehovah's Witness
Kingdom Halls

Buddhist and Hindu
Church and Celebrity Centre


Hands On Nashville
One of the largest volunteer resource centers in the world, Hands On Nashville facilitates volunteer work for 700-plus Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations, civic groups and businesses.
Impact Nashville
Nashville’s comprehensive strategic plan, Impact Nashville, seeks to leverage local human, institutional and cultural capital through impactful volunteerism directed towards two of the mayor’s top priorities: public education and the environment.
Mayor’s Workplace Challenge
Started by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in 2007, the initiative challenges organizations to take an active role in promoting volunteer service inside and outside the workplace, to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and buildings by engaging property owners, managers, and office tenants, and to foster an environment that promotes a more active and healthy workplace. is an online database of high-quality, comprehensive information about more than 1,200 Middle Tennessee nonprofits.

One-third of residents volunteer, ranking Nashville in the top 15 among other large cities.

In 2010, more than 22,000 people donated 91,000 hours to flood recovery.

To put 91,000 hours in perspective, that’s nearly 11 years of time.


Green Living Initiatives

Service programs, philanthropic outreach and environmentally responsible development continue to shape the future of the Nashville community, thanks to unwavering commitment from our leaders and our citizens.

Hands On Nashville manages a range of sustainability programs in the Nashville region, including:

  • Home Energy Savings Program engages volunteers in improving the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of North and East Nashville homes owned and occupied by low-income homeowners.
  • Urban Agriculture Program empowers volunteers to gain gardening skills, learn about healthy eating choices, and help address our city’s food access issues.
  • Nashville Waterway Recovery & Restoration Project is a HON-guided programmatic partnership with local waterway groups, Mayor Karl Dean’s Impact Nashville service initiative, Metro Water Service, and Cummins Filtration to assess, clean up, and restore Davidson County waterways to pre-flood conditions.

The Land Trust for Tennessee is one of the most successful land trusts in the Southeast. It is a nonprofit organization that works with partners at the federal, state and local level to assist landowners, citizen groups and other interested parties to preserve the scenic and natural values of land throughout Tennessee.

Tennessee Women in Green empowers, inspires and connects women who are leaders in environmental sustainability. The group works to educate people about sustainable initiatives, businesses and women leaders in the Nashville community.

Urban Green Lab, Nashville’s first community center dedicated to sustainable living that is set to open summer 2013, will be a 100% “green” facility to serve as an educational meeting place where people can learn everything about topics pertaining to sustainability.

The Nature Conservancy has helped create or significantly expand 29 state natural areas, 10 state wildlife management areas and two national wildlife refuges in Tennessee. It also built the world’s first hibernation cave for bats, located in Tennessee.

“#3 largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network system in America” — PR Newswire