Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — As the entertainment industry continues to grow in Nashville, members of the Metro Council will discuss how to make the most of the situation.
It’s a debate that’s been going on for months. The latest chapter could be revealed at the Metro Council meeting on Tuesday. Two separate bills dealing with this issue will be put before Council members.
The first bill was introduced by council member Robert Swope. This creates the Nashville Film and Television Advisory Board. That committee is made up of nine of his industry experts who deal specifically with state incentives and benefits for the film and television industry. The Board also works closely with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission to establish and maintain tax incentives and to recruit, promote and develop entertainment projects in Davidson County.
Board members also promote gender and racial equity across the film and television industry, establish opportunities in all neighborhoods of Nashville, and develop potential candidates in the film and television industry at Metro Nashville high schools. Work to raise awareness about careers.
Council member Robert Swope said in a statement: “Otherwise, he will fail again, as seven film companies have done in the last 30 years.”
The second bill is sponsored by Council Member Joy Styles. This creates the Nashville Entertainment Creation Commission. It helps promote all aspects of the entertainment industry, including film, television, music videos, and virtual reality. The committee will consist of her 19 members with industry experience. The group also works to develop and promote entertainment opportunities in Nashville, promote diversity and inclusion, and support artists who bring their projects to life. The commission will also support Nashville’s music, film and entertainment offices announced by Mayor John Cooper in April.
Council member Styles said similar offices already exist in Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville.
“What we need is a body that can support everyone,” Stiles said. We focused on the music and pushed everyone else to the side.”
City councilors may disagree with the approach, but agree that promoting recreational opportunities in Nashville can bring additional jobs and money to the city.
Both bills are expected to get the second of the three votes required for approval. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm on Tuesday.