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Music and Arts

Nashville is known as Music City. Music is the lifeblood of Nashville, and it's everywhere you turn in our city. We've got it all: recording artists, musicians, songwriters, record labels, manufacturers, retailers, and service providers. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy our musical culture, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and our rich Motown heritage in the Jefferson Street Music District.

Music policy and creative rights are so important to Nashville, and that's why it is one of my top priorities. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the Music Modernization Act in the 115th Congress, which began to bring IP into the future. But artists deserve to be paid for their work and I know there is still much to be done to compensate artists and creators in the age of digital music. I also pushed hard for the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rule that allows guitars in overhead bins on airlines. This is an especially difficult time for the music industry, and I will continue to support bills that will keep our musicians, songwriters, live events workers, and venues afloat during the pandemic.

I have also long supported our amazing arts and cultural scene. Everyone should have access to the arts and Nashville has some of the best in the country. I have supported additional funding for arts and even more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t think anyone wants to see the concerts, plays, or museums that make up a big part of Nashville shut down forever.


Links & Additional Information

United States Copyright Office

United States Patent & Trademark Office

Nashville Convention and Visitors' Bureau

National Endowment for the Arts

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
 


 

More on Music and Arts

Oct 19, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE - Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today spoke at the State of Tennessee’s Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting, again calling on lawmakers to keep Nashville whole.

Cooper spoke at the House Select Committee on Redistricting last month.

Aug 17, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced Tennessean Christopher Jerrolds re-joined his staff as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced the rebranding of his IssueWatch project, formerly a twice-weekly online newsletter dedicated to Middle Tennesseans interested in important congressional updates and other major news items.  

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced $4,796,812 has been included for American Baptist College, Meharry Medical School and Jefferson Street Interstate Cap in the seven-bill spending package that passed the House.  

For the first time in more than a decade members of Congress have been able to submit specific requests for their districts, known as Community Project Funding, to be included in the spending package. Cooper’s approved projects would go to the following:

May 12, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Congressman Jim Cooper (D) announced today that Lisa Quigley, his longest serving Chief of Staff, will depart this summer after 13 years leading his office. 

He also announced that Cheryl Mayes, his Director of Finance and Operations, will become the District Director of the Nashville office.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director of Conexión Américas, will be his virtual guest to President Biden's first address to Congress.

Apr 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) joined 150+ of their colleagues in asking SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman that the Shuttered Venues Operators Grants portal be fixed as soon as possible. The portal opened April 8 and was only live for a few hours before closing for technical issues.  

 

Apr 8, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commended President Joe Biden’s executive actions to end gun violence by saying: “President Biden’s actions today will undoubtedly save lives, especially here in Middle Tennessee where our governor just signed a bill to allow the carrying of firearms without a permit,” Rep. Cooper said. “The House passed expanded background check bills last month that we still need the Senate to bring up for a vote.”

Apr 7, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced the U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venues Operations Grant portal will open tomorrow, April 8, and venues that qualify can apply on the Small Business Administration’s website by clicking here.

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