Bragging Rights


Arts and Entertainment

  • MovieMaker Magazine ranked Memphis the 10th “Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” in 2016. The magazine cites Memphis’ great amenities, low cost of living and valuable incentives.
  • Etsy named Memphis a "Maker City," a network of “strong municipalities that value entrepreneurship, sustainability, and responsible manufacturing with the creative and innovative spirit of the Etsy community,” according to (2016). 
  • Memphis was named the one of the "20 Best Cities for 20-somethings" in 2015 by Greatist, a health and happiness digital magazine. They credited the recent downtown development and low cost of living.
  • The Memphis metro area is ranked 5th in the number of working musicians per capita according to Billboard magazine (August 2013).
  • Memphis was named the #2 city for music-lovers in 2011 by TLC (The Learning Channel).
  • The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long festival that attracts more than 100,000 attendees.  The festival is four main events: the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and Sunset Symphony.
  • The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s concert season begins in September and performs their season finale during the Memphis in May festivities each year. The symphony is committed to community engagement programs that tie orchestra and citizens together – an effort that recently won one of four Mellon Foundation grants.
  • Opera Memphis has been a Memphis tradition for more than 40 years and features Kallen Esperian, one of the world’s greatest sopranos. Esperian has performed in some of the world’s preeminent opera houses and with the world’s most well-known opera singers, Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo.
    • Esperian is one of the Three Sopranos, the soprano counterpart to the Three Tenors.
  • The Orpheum brings Broadway to Memphis through their Broadway Series with 8 to 10 touring performances every season. The Orpheum also hosts movie nights, comedy and musical performances and celebrated its 88th anniversary in 2016.
  • The Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrated its 23rd season in 2016. 
  • Ballet Memphis celebrated its 30th season in 2016. in 2015, Ballet Memphis purchased the old French Quarter Inn in Overton Square and is building a brand new $12 million, 38,000 square feet headquarters. Identified as a “national treasure” by the Ford Foundation, Ballet Memphis produces more original work than any other company of its size.
  • The New Ballet Ensemble & School offers performances throughout the city by both their professional ensemble and dance students.   In 2014, the New Ballet Ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  The award recognizes creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and humanities to increase academic achievement.
  • The Brooks Museum of Art is Tennessee’s oldest and largest museum of fine and decorative arts.
  • The Dixon Gallery and Gardens features 17 acres of beautiful gardens and an impressive art gallery that is home to an annual series of traveling exhibits.
  • The National Ornamental Metal Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of fine metalwork.
  • WDIA is home of the first African-American formatted radio station in the United States. 
    WLOK is home of the first African-American owned radio station in the United States.