The Future of The Music Industry



Project Music Vertical

Project Music is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to support innovation within the music industry, a core business vertical in Nashville's economy.   Our efforts including access to the Preflight pre-accelerator program to the MusicPreneur education series to the Project Music Accelerator are in place to provide year round support for music-minded entrepreneurs who are building music-driven startups.

We recognize that music centric startups have unique need, therefore we're bringing music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups desiring to grow music industry revenue. 

The focus is built on four tentpole areas of influence that include an annual 3+ month-long accelerator program:





PreFlight (EC):
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s premier educational program for entrepreneurs with idea stage startups looking to create a foundation for launching their businesses. The program is built on entrepreneurial education for those who want to turn their idea into a reality, but may not be able to commit full time yet. This is an opportunity to “kick the tires” on a concept and get a taste of the entrepreneur life. PreFlight is also a match for entrepreneurs who eventually want to apply to an accelerator program, giving participants the opportunity to build a foundation in customer development, product-market fit and identifying a unique selling proposition in preparation for launching their business. The program is open to startups from all industries. 

The next Pre-Flight Session at the EC is currently closed, but the same program is open in Williamson County. Details and registration info here.


MusicPreneur is an annual 3-part series dedicated to empowering music-minded entrepreneurs and young entertainment professionals to change the future of music through their careers and endeavors. For the third consecutive year, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) is partnering with the Music City Music Council (MC2) and Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP). The 2016 sessions are specifically designed to address the needs and questions identified through a survey of YEP membership. Register here.

Session I: Growing & Maintaining a Career in the Music Biz / Tuesday, July 12 - 5:30p-7:30p


  • Moderator - Andrew Cohen (Suit Music, YEP Board Member) 
  • Leslie Fram (SVP/Music Strategy, CMT) 
  • Jody Williams (Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI) 
  • John Zarling (SVP, Partnership Marketing & Promotion Strategy, BMLG)
  • Makenzie Stokel (COO, EVAmore) 

Session II: Buses, Bookings & Box Offices: Opportunities in the Live Music Biz / Tuesday, August 9 - 5:30p-7:30p

Session III: Tech-Yea: How Tech is Changing Access to Music / Tuesday, September 13 - 5:30p-7:30p

A high intensity bootcamp working at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center for three months where your idea is infused with education, mentoring, practical application, workspace, speakers, pitches and special events related to traditional accelerator curriculum and immersion in the music industry.   A typical week has 3 days of education and 2 work days on location at the EC.

Next program starts: Spring 2017.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates. 



Project Music provides guidance from some the most knowledgeable music industry executives in town through the EC's Advisor Program.  Additionally the EC program surrounds entrepreneurs with an army of business, startup and tech mentors in these areas:

  • Startup Operators – Serial entrepreneurs with experience in multiple startups.
  • Industry Experts – Individuals with a wealth of industry-specific experience.
  • Service Providers – Mentors with experience in a specific range of business skills (Legal, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, IT, Infrastructure, Operations, etc…)
  • Launch Experts – Mentors with experience investing funds in and/or raising funds for startup companies.

During the Accelerator program, this mentor pool is tapped to build the most powerful and insightful advisory boards possible within the music industry.



Project Music provides the mentors and education to help you approach potential investors.   Acceptance into the Project Music Accelerator earns access to seed funding in exchange for equity along with the introduction to potential investors via mentoring and pitch days.




Project Music strives to build additional programs tied to the community supporting the growth of  entrepreneurship in music and music tech.  Accelerator participants and alum visited local schools, take part in education panels and directly support non-profit organizations.

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