ON MUSIC ROW: Nashville economy rockin’ with ‘Hannah Montana’ film

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2:38am
Miley Cyrus

The Hannah Montana feature currently being shot in Middle Tennessee is more than a feather in Nashville’s entertainment cap: It is also providing employment to hundreds of local people.

According to figures obtained from Local 492 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the movie has more than 250 people on its crew. More than 75 percent of the Hannah Montana workers are Tennesseans.

This figure covers only IATSE personnel and does not include many workers who have separate agreements with the production. It also does not count “dayplayers,” who are people called in as extra help on busy days. Such dayplayers are probably all Middle Tennessee residents.

IATSE members include stylists, makeup artists, Teamsters, camera personnel, editors, stagehands and set decorators.

IATSE’s examination of payroll records for the first two weeks of filming indicate that the average rate for workers is $27.22 per hour.

The film has a reported budget of $28 million. 


Hannah Montana: The Movie stars Williamson County native Miley Cyrus, 15, who became a teen pop sensation following the debut of her blockbuster Disney TV series in 2004. Country star Billy Ray Cyrus, her father, also portrays her father in the film and TV series. Dolly Parton portrays her aunt.

The movie will include a number of cameo appearances by such Nashvillians as Taylor Swift, Bucky Covington, Marcel and Rascal Flatts. Vanessa Williams and Tyra Banks have also been sighted. The music-filled feature is produced by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. It will be released on May 1, 2009.

‘Music Row Magazine’ hosts 20th annual awards ceremony

The Music Row Awards honored artists, songwriters, musicians and more with a ceremony on June 24 at BMI’s Nashville offices. For the first time in the event’s 20-year history, subscribers voted on the winners.

Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan received the award for Breakthrough Songwriter, recognizing his first Top 10 hit, “Good Directions,” which was recorded and released by Billy Currington. Bryan also performed for the industry crowd.

Other winners included Breakthrough Artist Lady Antebellum, Producer of the Year Frank Rogers, and Song of the Year “Letter To Me,” written by Brad Paisley and published by New Sea Gayle Music and EMI April Music.

The Top Ten Album All Star awards recognized session musicians including keyboardist Steve Nathan, fiddle player Jonathan Yudkin and background vocalist Wes Hightower.

GAC Highlights ‘Hammer Fever’

Blood Sweat & Steel, the new album from Montage Music’s The Road Hammers hits online and physical stores this week. The group, already a platinum selling success in Canada is hoping to spread “Hammer Fever” to the U.S. with its current single “Girl on the Billboard.”

The album was produced by Scott Baggett, Michael Knox (Jason Aldean) and lead singer Jason McCoy. Highlighting the story behind the band’s journey to Nashville is a weekly documentary airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights on GAC TV, showcasing the group’s eclectic humor and road-worthy sound.

Ladies spend day on the green for a good cause

The 21st Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, held June 16 at the Old Natchez Country Club, raised over $40,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.

Sponsored by ASCAP, Tim McGraw, UMG Nashville and UBS, the tournament brought together over 400 music industry professionals and celebrities.

Photographer Alan L. Mayor was recognized with the 2008 Director’s Award for his longtime volunteer contributions to the event.

Amy Grant, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, and Julie Roberts joined Tennessee Titans players Keith Bulluck and Craig Hentrich in participating as players and caddies.

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