Hotel and Travel
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Experience all that Music City has to offer within one distinctive property, Renaissance Nashville hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn., perfectly positioned in the heart of the business district. A downtown luxury hotel in Nashville, the Renaissance provides access to many attractions including Bridgestone Arena, LP Field, B.B. King's Blues Club, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and Historic Second Avenue District as well as the recently acquired convention center space. This vibrant, 673-room downtown Nashville hotel boasts modern amenities such as in-room plug-in technology and a 24-hour fitness center. Discover the ideal Downtown Nashville. Redefining what a pleasure travel can be, the Renaissance Nashville hotel is setting the standard in sophisticated luxury.
Reservation information will be available in late fall.
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Gather around the microphone where Elvis became a legend. Dig into the roots of American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame. From Symphony Hall to Capitol Hill, Nashville offers a host of one-of-a-kind experiences you'll find genuinely rewarding.
- Exporting music since the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1871
- Named 2011 Best Music Scene by Rolling Stone magazine
- Largest songwriter community in the world
- Home of the longest continually running live radio show in history - the Grand Ole Opry
- Home of Gospel, Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Inspirational Country, Songwriter and Barbershop Harmony associations
Getting here, getting your bearings, and getting around couldn't be easier.
- 50 percent of U.S. population is within 600 miles
- 380 daily arrivals and departures at airport
- Uniquely positioned at the convergence of three major interstates
- Served by all major airlines
How Nashville Became Music City
From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. Music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. And visitors have ventured here to experience the music that weaves such a fundamental pattern in the city’s cultural, business and social fabric.
Nashville's earliest settlers celebrated in the late 1700s with fiddle tunes and buck dancing after safely disembarking on the shores of the Cumberland River, a spot now commemorated on First Avenue North with a replica of the original Fort Nashborough. Nashville's first "celebrity," the noted frontiersman and Congressman Davy Crockett was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle-playing.
As the 1800s unfolded, Nashville grew to become a national center for music publishing. The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville’s Fisk University. Their efforts helped fund the school’s mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War – and also put Nashville on the map as a global music center. In fact, upon playing for the Queen of England, the queen stated the Fisk Jubilee Singers must come from the “Music City.”
Before even the Ryman became known as the downtown home of the Grand Ole Opry, it already enjoyed a national reputation. Enrico Caruso, John Phillip Sousa and the Vienna Orchestra gave roof-raising performances there that earned Ryman the nickname “Carnegie Hall of the South.” The Ryman’s unrivaled acoustic qualities continue today – it has received Pollstar magazine’s prestigious "Theater of the Year" award consecutively for the past four years as the best auditorium in the nation to experience live music.
In 1925, the establishment of radio station WSM and its launch of the broadcast that would be called the Grand Ole Opry further secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical center and sparked its durable nickname of "Music City." The Opry, still staged live every week, is America’s longest-running radio show that has been in continuous production for more than 85 years. It ignited the careers of hundreds of country stars and lit the fuse for Nashville to explode into a geographic center for touring and recording. The modern-day empire of Music Row, a collection of recording studios, record labels, entertainment offices, and other music-associated businesses, populates the area around 16th and 17th Avenues South. Nashville has also long been known as the "Songwriting Capital of the World." Songwriters from all over the world come to Music City to learn the art and share their passion of songwriting. The famous Bluebird Cafe showcases songwriters performing their original music in an intimate "in-the-round" setting that was created in Nashville and allows them to share the stories of inspiration behind their songs.
Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week in Nashville. The world-famous honky tonks, located on Broadway, offer free live music 365 days a year. And with more than 130 music venues around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small clubs, featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that “music calls home.”
Nashville proudly proclaims itself to be Music City and is making strategic efforts to continue to foster young musicians and entice musicians of all genres to write, record and live here. The Music City Music Council, established in 2009, was formed to strategically grow and strengthen Nashville’s creative community.
There’s truly no other place in the world like Nashville. Its connection to music is unequaled, and its
reputation as Music City has been consistently proven for over 200 years. Welcome to the city where music is written, recorded and performed every single day.
Welcome to Music City!
We are pleased to announce special discounts for conference attendees from our travel partners listed below.
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounted airfares for AEC attendees!
To take advantage of these discounts, follow these simple steps:
Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com.
When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMK65 in the box provided on the Search Flights page.
Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.
*Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.
Hertz is offering discounted rental rates for AEC attendees!
Please visit the Hertz website: www.hertz.com
Select your arrival/departure dates, click on “Enter a Discount or Promo Code”, and enter 04U40007 as the Convention Number (CV).
Grayline is offering discounted shuttle rates for AEC attendees from/to the Nashville airport!
For Annual Conference attendees, the roundtrip rate is only $20. Please visit the Grayline site - Graylinetn.com, and click on the airport express tab to purchase your discounted travel voucher. All purchases are prepaid.
When entering your payment information, please enter BNA20 as the Promotional Code.
Questions? Please contact Grayline Tennessee at 615-883-5555.
Crossing U.S. Borders
(U.S. Citizens - Air Travel)
All U.S. citizens including children must present a passport or other approved travel document when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens can present a passport, NEXUS card at airports with NEXUS kiosks, U.S. military ID with travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when on official business.
U.S. Citizens - Land/Sea Travel
U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver's license. See the complete list of WHTI-compliant documents.
Citizens of Other Countries - Air Travel
All international visitors regardless of country of origin must present a passport or secure document when entering the United States by air.
Citizens of Other Countries - Land/Sea Travel
All international visitors will need to present a single document that complies with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). See www.getyouhome.gov for more information.
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