Warner Music: Nashville, Warner Chappell Music Open Newly Renovated Offices on Historic Music Row
After nearly two years of working from home, Warner Music Nashville (WMN) and Warner Chappell Music Nashville (WCM) are officially welcoming employees, artists and songwriters to newly renovated buildings. The project transformed the long-standing headquarters of 20 and 21 Music Square East into state-of-the-art facilities, modernizing each space while preserving the heritage of both companies.
Together, the two buildings span 52,000 square feet of office space on historic Music Row. The Tennessian covered the launch of the project, which began in March 2021, pointing out that WMN is the only major label to remain on Music Row.
Redevelopment efforts at Warner Music Nashville, located at 20 Music Square East, included transforming the lobby into a full-scale performance area equipped with a specialized lighting grid and an advanced sound system. Still to come is a mural depicting a multicultural timeline of country music history through Warner Music Nashville’s own label icons, which will greet artists as they prepare to perform on the new stage. Other additions include a fully equipped and versatile audio and video production studio designed by Michael Cronin. The studio, which will enable Dolby Atmos mixing and playback, includes a tracking room for recording and capturing content, multiple isolation booths, and more. The project also modernized three floors of traditional offices by introducing a more open and flexible space.
As visible environmental advocates within the music industry, the Warner Music Nashville team ensured that the renovation would use sustainable materials. All new mats are Cradle to Cradle certified (learn more HERE) and all countertops are GreenGuard certified (learn more HERE). The design team replaced all light fixtures with LEDs and added occupancy sensors to save energy. Additionally, they used low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to improve indoor air quality. The building also includes five-stream composting and recycling stations as WMN moves closer to its 90% waste diversion goal.
“The artists and employees of Warner Music Nashville deserved a label house that could both honor its history and adapt to the modern needs of a creative industry,” said John Esposito, president and CEO of Warner Music Nashville. . “I am proud that we have been able to bring our vision to life in a way that aligns with our environmental values. We are now part of Music Row’s legacy in a more sustainable and forward-looking building. renovated office provides our incredible team with up-to-date resources and a crucial degree of flexibility.”
He adds: “In the meantime, we are also able to provide a world-class toolset to an emerging generation of creators. The design of the new spaces will allow us to tell each artist’s individual story from start to finish – whether it’s live streaming a concert with a full band, capturing high-end video content or recording music from demo to master.”
Located across the street at 21 Music Square East, Warner Chappell Music has undergone a complete renovation. The two-story building features ten state-of-the-art writers rooms, re-designed by Michael Cronin with high-end equipment and robust acoustics. It also includes an indoor stage with a fully stocked bar and an open kitchen, all connected to an outdoor area by a massive garage-style door that leads to an additional stage and basketball hoop. For added entertainment, there is a Led Zeppelin pinball machine and a WCM brand pool table neatly layered in the design. As part of a collaborative effort, the team solicited input from songwriters – everything from what a writer would want in a writer’s room to putting their favorite books on the shelves.
Ben Vaughn, President and CEO of WCM Nashville, said, “Today is extremely special as we now have an office entirely dedicated to the Warner Chappell team and the songwriters who drive music forward in Nashville. . After years of process, we dreamed this space. together with our writers and with creativity in mind, to design an environment where everyone who walks through our doors feels inspired and at home. We are proud of the space and excited to continue to deepen our roots on Music Row – the true heart and soul of Music City.”
JLL Nashville, along with Turner Construction and Hastings Architecture Associates, supported the project.