Statement from Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp regarding the March 3, 2020 tornado event:
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out following the devastating tornadoes that hit our city and state. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected. We are staying in close touch with the Mayor’s Office, our partners in the hospitality industry and other city and community leaders. For those who have asked, we are accepting donations through our Music City Inc. Foundation, and those funds will be immediately distributed directly to families significantly impacted. The NCVC has made an initial donation of $10,000 to start the fund. We have already heard from hospitality industry partners with employees who have lost homes, and we are in contact with Metro Council districts with the most damage to assist with their needs. We are grateful that even with all the devastation, the majority of the city and the downtown entertainment district was spared. As we support those in need and focus on their immediate concerns, we are encouraged that Nashville’s music will keep playing. The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and others are open, and many will be collecting donations from audience members. Our industry has come together to focus on helping our neighbors while also serving our visitors.”
How to help:
If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Music City Inc., the 501c(3) charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
- Venmo or PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make a check to Music City Inc. Foundation and send to One Nashville Place, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite G-250, Nashville, TN 37219
Nashville Mayor’s Office also encourages donations to the following:
- Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund cfmt.org
- Community Resource Center crcnashville.org
- Hands On Nashville hon.org
Note: Most major venues remain open: National International Airport, Lower Broadway’s honky tonks, Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Grand Ole Opry, Frist Art Museum (free today!), Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage, Opry Mills and more.
More updates on what is open and closed here: https://www.visitmusiccity.com/nashvillestrong