Rep. Harshbarger introduces House companion bill to boloser music tourism in Tennessee, U.S.

Published 10:11 am Friday, June 28, 2024

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U.S. Representatives Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01) and Nanette Barragán (D-CA-44) introduced H.R. 8843, a House companion bill to S. 4212, the American Music Tourism Act. Introduced in April by U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn in the upper chamber, this bicameral legislation will help bolster music tourism both in Tennessee and nationwide.

“From renowned entertainment attractions like Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol to legendary recording studios, Tennessee is at the heart of America’s music scene which attracts millions of domestic visitors and international tourists,” said Congresswoman Harshbarger. “The American Music Tourism Act ensures the many parts of our music industry remain pillars of American culture and tourism all while bolstering economic growth.” 

“Music is the heart and soul of so many of our communities in the Los Angeles area. From iconic spots like the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre, the venues on Sunset where so many artists have been catapulted to stardom, to the many local stages in Southern California, millions travel to Los Angeles to witness live performances and experience our vibrant music scene,” said Congresswoman Barragán.” The bipartisan American Music Tourism Act will help grow our music tourism sector, expand cultural activities to communities across our country, and emphasize music as a critical component to American culture and economy.”

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The United States is home to one of the largest music industries in the world with annual revenues exceeding $43 billion and market projections estimating $11.3 billion in industry revenues by 2023. In Tennessee, our music industry here supports over 61,000 jobs and fills over 4,500 music and performance venues.