Music, Film & Tourism

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Memphis Means Music and Music Means Business

Music is one of Memphis’s few unique, globally respected assets and is the primary reason our city is recognized throughout the world, past – present and future. In 1973, Memphis was the fourth leading recording center in the world and the music industry was the third largest employer in the city of Memphis contributing $185,000,000 to the Memphis economy. While the Memphis music industry today has declined as a commercial and creative presence in the music world, the Memphis music legacy is still thriving.

Memphis Music Foundation

No other city in the US has the potential of Memphis to become a leader within the new music industry. This is the reason why the Memphis business community and MemphisED are supporting this major economic development effort.

The Memphis Music Foundation’s mission is to establish music as a viable economic engine for Memphis by providing musicians and the music industry with resources and opportunities for growth and independence.

The Memphis Music Resource Center is a program of the Memphis Music Foundation that helps enterprising artists and music industry professionals, from all genres, grow and develop their businesses.

Memphis Music Resource Center (MMRC) provides:

  • An interactive, living library and workspace that offers a dedicated staff, tools and resources to help local musicians grow.
  • A small business accelerator where every member is a potential new business requiring an individualized growth program.
  • Local artists and music industry entrepreneurs the knowledge, resources, network and opportunities needed for them to grow their careers and businesses.

For more information, visit the Memphis Music Foundation website - - or, contact the Memphis Music Resource Center at p / 901-527-1029  |  f / 901-527-1049  |  email /


Film & Television

Director Sydney Pollack: "I've never been in a city like Memphis where they make it so easy for you and where your needs are anticipated. I've never felt so welcome. People knock themselves out for you.”

Why Memphis?

Why would a filmmaker with a funded project want to work anywhere else? There are so many advantages to filming in Memphis.

Great locations, experienced crew, world-famous music scene, discounted movie police, sunny climate, special hotel rates for filmmakers, and also…

  • 32% Refund Qualified TN Spend + Crew Wage Refunds Up to 50%!
  • Rave reviews from filmmakers
  • Extended FedEx deadlines
  • Professional, diverse talent pool
  • ADR, mixing, 5.1
  • Minutes away: rural locations
  • Non-stop flights: L.A., N.Y., Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas, Miami, D.C, New Orleans, among other major cities.
  • Stage space
  • 5,000 sq. ft. soundstage
  • Extensive equipment rental
  • Award-Winning Film Commission
  • No fee government locations
  • Easy permits

To find out more, visit and contact the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission at 901-527-8300 x2 and ask for Linn Sitler or Sharon Fox O’Guin.



About 25 thousand jobs in tourism and hospitality in Memphis and Shelby County.  Tourism in Memphis also contributes $3.1 billion to the Memphis economy annually while generating more than $127 million in state and local taxes. 

Memphis is the Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and a thriving travel destination now and for the future.  With more than 60 tourist attractions; more than 4 million visitors go to Beale Street Historic District making it the most visited attraction in Tennessee; one-of-a-kind amenities such as Graceland, Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, National Civil Rights Museum and top favorites like the Memphis Zoo, Memphis is continuing to emerge as one of the top destinations in the American South. 

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official marketing and tourism organization for Memphis and Shelby County, is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to building the local economy and the community’s positive image through tourism and convention development, major events and destination marketing.  The team at the Memphis CVB has one objective: service, sell and promote this great and emerging destination.  For more information about the tourism industry in Memphis, visit: