Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy, provides inclusive arts enrichment in Centennial Park. It is a central point, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its music. Music in all forms. Music to entertain us, build bridges within our community, welcome our visitors and connect us with the world. It is a prime example of why we are Music City and how various music organizations can work together on one program for our city, its residents, and visitors.
Musicians Corner was inspired by "Speaker's Corner" in London's Hyde Park, and envisioned as a global music landmark and community gathering space in Centennial Park where musical performers would illustrate the diversity, passion, and fellowship of Music City.
Musicians Corner was created in 2010 with the support of Nashville's Mayor, Karl Dean, and founding Steering Committee members Sylvia Rapoport - Conservancy President, Hope Stringer - Conservancy Board Chair, Jody Williams - Vice President of Writer Publisher Relations at BMI, Paul Worley - Grammy award winning producer, Ben Armistead - Conservancy Board Member, and John Styll - Music Entrepreneur.
Musicians Corner has presented over 125 free music events and 1,200 artists in Centennial Park, including: Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Chris Stapleton, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Robert Randolph, John Paul White, The Jayhawks and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
As part of the Centennial Park Revitalization, a permanent home was built for Musicians Corner - a cultural meeting place of community engagement that promotes arts education, supports artists and fosters a love of the arts among adults and children.
Musicians Corner presents free lawn parties that are attended by people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Events include main and acoustic stage performances, Kidsville activities, local food trucks and artisans, featured charity partners, the MC Pub and more.
In its initial eight years, the Musicians Corner audience has substantially grown in size from 5,000 people in 2010 to over 75,000 in 2017.