The total government incentive package for shooting season 2 of the TV show “Nashville” could top $13 million. On Monday the city announced it would chip in $750,000.
The state is still doing the big spending. It has committed $12.5 million in reimbursements for expenses paid to Tennessee vendors or employees.
After keeping the city’s wallet shut for season 1, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is proposing a cash payment of $500,000 to the show’s producers. This would have to be approved by the Metro Council. In a statement, Dean calls the show “an hour-long commercial for Music City that airs each week during prime time.” He says the ABC drama is also “opening doors” for the film industry in Tennessee.
“Nashville” is also getting a cut of the city’s hotel taxes from a special “Event Marketing Fund” meant to help put on big events.