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State officials announce Northeast Tennessee Music Initiative in Bristol

NETN Music launch

TNECD Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter joined officials with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC), Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) and the East Tennessee State University Research Corporation at the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol to announce the Northeast Tennessee Music Initiative. This initiative will bring musicians, venues, music industry professionals and music nonprofits together to gain a better understanding of the needs of the music ecosystem in the region. A survey will be conducted this year to better inform economic developers, help entertainment districts, and aid in strategic planning and development. The region covered by the initiative includes Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.