Music Row Neighborhood

Between 16th and 20th Avenues from Division and Demonbreun Streets to Belmont University, represents buildings from late nineteenth century to present

Photo: Jodi Totten
Photo: Jodi Totten
Photo: Jodi Totten
Photo: Jodi Totten
Photo: Mike Beecham
Photo: Mike Beecham
Photo: Mike Beecham
Photo: Mike Beecham

The Music Row neighborhood has been the heart of Nashville’s music industry since the 1950s, leading the city to its international identity as Music City and drawing tourists from around the world.  While many American cities claim individual music landmarks, there is no other neighborhood in the country like  Music Row, where songs are written and recorded, publishing deals are cut, royalties paid, guitars repaired, concert tours arranged, music broadcast, videos taped and stars made.

Over the past four years, Music Row has suffered from the demolitions of dozens of historic buildings for redevelopment.  Others are currently slated to fall to the wrecking ball.  Recording studios, record labels, publishing houses, supporting industries, private homes and other music-related businesses are being replaced with high-rise condos, apartments, luxury hotels and office buildings at a fast pace.  In 2015 Music Row was designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which recently completed comprehensive documentation of the neighborhood’s historic resources, a National Register of Historic Places nomination, and a preservation incentives plan.  Due to the intensive and relentless redevelopment pressure, this is the second year in a row that Music Row has been included on the Nashville Nine.

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