The Nashville Musician Gives 110 Reasons Why Nashville is Music City in Upcoming Anniversary Edition

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The Nashville Musicians Association will be publishing a special edition of their quarterly magazine to celebrate the impressive 110-year milestone of the organization. The issue will be published just in time for the Nashville Summer NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) and will highlight “110 Reasons Nashville is Music City.”

Nashville Musicians Association

Nashville Musicians Association

The article will include obvious entries like The Grand Ole Opry, but the real treat for readers will be learning about the many unknown aspects of Nashville’s music history.

One hundred and ten years ago, the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, established its charter, with the mission to unite and protect professional musicians. From the beginning, Local 257 and its members have played an integral role in the development of Nashville as a music mecca. Local 257 set a high standard of respect for musicians and their work by negotiating agreements and administrating contracts for all types of media, which became a big part of the reason Nashville is known today as Music City. AFM Local 257’s members range from independent artists, to stars and musicians of the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Symphony. Today the Nashville Musicians Association continues its 100-year plus mission by offering assistance to live and session players, and strives to always work to ensure the solid future of the “finest musicians in the world.”

Currently in production, a special edition of The Nashville Musician will pay tribute to Nashville as a historic and contemporary center for the musical arts. The magazine will center on people, places and organizations instrumental in molding Nashville into the musical destination that it has become.

Summer NAMM provides the perfect platform for the Nashville Musicians Association to get the word out on the musical diversity Nashville offers. Held annually in Nashville, the conference brings together members of the music community from all over the world The conference plays host to manufacturers, media, and over 10,000 other registrants. While there, attendees can visit The Nashville Musicians Association booth and learn for themselves the “110 Reasons Nashville is Music City.”

Nashville’s musical history started long before the rise of country music in the city. Associate publisher of The Nashville Musician, Daryl Sanders, has spent extensive time researching Nashville’s long musical history. “As early as 1815, when Nashville was still a frontier town, it had a music school that taught classical piano and violin,” Sanders said. “The article will include obvious entries like The Grand Ole Opry, but the real treat for readers will be learning about the many unknown aspects of Nashville’s music history.”

The cover story will provide an overview of Nashville’s storied musical history and focus on some of the less commonly known aspects of Nashville’s long-standing musical traditions. The main goal is to introduce a broader picture of Nashville’s development as a music industry center. One of the ways The Nashville Musician hopes to accomplish this is by highlighting well-known non-country artists and songs with Nashville connections. Such stories include Jimi Hendrix’s early years spent here honing his chops, James Brown’s pioneering funk sides, and the bevy of modern rockers who call Nashville home including the multi-platinum band, Local 257 members Kings of Leon.

The new issue will offer a tribute to the legendary Earl Scruggs, a 65-year life member of the local who passed away in March. Upcoming album reviews will include works by AFM (American Federation of Musicians) members including Hunter Hayes, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Pat Bergeson, and Riders in the Sky. The Nashville Musician will also have member news, such as the upcoming induction of legendary session pianist and life member Hargus “Pig” Robbins into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

For more information on The Nashville Musician or The Nashville Musicians Association contact Local 257 at 615-244-9514. To advertise in the upcoming special edition magazine, contact Nashville advertising agency Horton Group at 615-292-8642.

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