TN has the Greatest Concentration of Musicians in the Nation

From the National Endowment for the Arts –

The NEA posted Arts Data Profile Series #31, examining artists in the workforce between 2015-2019. This includes three new research briefs looking at demographic and/or geographic characteristics of artists and arts managers, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau and includes an interactive map that for each U.S. state that illustrates both counts and location quotients for the total number of artists, and for workers in select artist occupations.

Additionally, the NEA has issued three new research briefs that can help cultural funders and administrators to monitor and promote equitable access to arts labor opportunities. Of particular note to Tennessee, Research Brief #2 stated, “Value added from the performing arts, including music groups and artists, contribute three times more to Tennessee’s economy than to the national economy. This parallels the finding that musicians are heavily concentrated in Tennessee, including African American musicians and musicians of “other” races such as American Indian/Alaskan Native and musicians of two or more races.” For more information take a look at the “State Locations of Artists, by Race and Ethnicity: 2015-2019″ brief.