ABC's 'Nashville' accepts $8M incentive to keep show in Music Ci - WKRN News 2

ABC's 'Nashville' accepts $8M incentive to keep show in Music City

Posted: Updated: May 15, 2014 09:25 PM

While Wednesday's season finale of ABC's Nashville promised plenty of future twists and turns, one of the plot lines won't be trying to make another town look like Music City.

Word from major players who were part of negotiations outlined an $8 million incentive package to keep the prime time show's production in Nashville.

It breaks down like this: The state will give $5.5 million and $1 million will come from Metro Nashville. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and Ryman Hospitality Properties are giving $500,000 each.

In addition, $500,000 will come from the city’s event marketing fund under the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

The deal to keep "Nashville" production in Music City comes after a second straight year of reports that the show might go elsewhere to cut expensive on location costs or get a better incentive deal.

The show's initial incentive package for the 2012-2013 season of $14 million was solely from state funds designed to specifically attract films or TV productions to Tennessee.

The $13.25 million incentive package for the following season consisted of slightly less money from the state ($12.5 million), along with first time contributions from Metro Nashville ($500,000) and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau ($250,000).

Show supporters have said the production has a $40 million per year economic impact on Nashville while supporting up to 500 local jobs.

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