New Tennessee Program Seeks to Create Jobs in Entertainment Industry


A new franchise and excise tax credit program in Tennessee is aiming to help create jobs and economic development throughout the state’s entertainment industry.

According to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD), the initiative will allow certain companies to apply for a tax credit based on “resident and non-resident Tennessee payroll expenses” and “apply for a point of purchase sales tax exemption.”

The program was started through a partnership between TNECD, Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC), and Department of Revenue.

“Tennessee is home to one of the most robust entertainment industries in the world, and we strive to provide the resources needed for our state to build upon this momentum,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “We are proud to partner with the Department of Revenue and Tennessee Entertainment Commission and look forward to seeing how this new program will further strengthen our state’s entertainment footprint while creating additional jobs for Tennesseans.”

Those eligible for the program range from feature films to video game developments.

In addition to the tax credit, those eligible may also take advantage of a point-of-purchase sales and use tax exemption on specific goods, which could save them more than nine percent.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and the entertainment industry to make this incentive a success,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “Through this collaboration, we are happy to support the continued growth of Tennessee’s entertainment industry.”

According to the group, the idea will allow the entertainment industry to grow and allow the state to market itself.

“Incentives play a pivotal role in the development of talent, workforce and infrastructure in the entertainment industry,” TEC Executive Director Bob Raines said. “The Tennessee Entertainment Commission continues to work toward dedicated and intentional strategies that reinforce and retain our creative class.”

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Bob Rolfe” by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Background Photo “Tennessee State Capitol” by FaceMePLS. CC BY 2.0.

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7 Thoughts to “New Tennessee Program Seeks to Create Jobs in Entertainment Industry”

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  2. JayAre

    Another scam like taxpayers funding football games, for which they can’t afford tickets. You have to wonder about the intelligence of people who vote for politicians requiring taxpayer exploitation to pay people to sing, dance and play games.

  3. Concerned

    This is wrong, the state doesn’t need to incentivize entertainers or the entertainment industry. This program allows “certain companies” to apply for the economic benefits? Really? What political party, what sexual orientation, what organizations, what race qualifies one for that “certain” status. This program reeks of potential misuse. Entertainers, if skilled, don’t need incentives. To the politicos, quit handing out tax dollars!

  4. 83ragtop50

    Does “TNECD” really just stand for “Tennessee’s Never Ending Cash Distribution”? When is someone in the legislature going to call them to account and stop the open-ended waste of tax dollars? These unelected politicians with unfettered authority to giveaway tax dollars are a runaway financial disaster.

  5. Kevin

    The taxpayers of Tennessee do more than their fair share supporting the entertainment industry! Just take one look at most of our elected offices, they’re full of court jesters and thespians!

    1. 83ragtop50

      Kevin – a great but sadly true comment!

  6. JB Taylor

    Another waste of Tax Dollars.