The Americana Festival and Conference was has been featured in the Tennessean thanks to its significant contribution to Nashvilleâ€™s economy. â€œThe annual Americana Music Conference and Festival quietly has become a major contributor to the local economy, bringing in more than $5.1 million in direct economic impact last year, thanks to growing concert attendance and steadily rising membership in the associationâ€ “And, the marketing of this year’s festival â€“ the 15th annual â€“ will be amplified by an August â€˜Americanafest NYCâ€™ to be held in New York at Lincoln Center, which will feature concerts and panel workshops,â€ reported The Tennessean. The 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place September 17 – 21, 2014 at multiple venues throughout Nashville, Tennessee. The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, batteryâ€“recharging showcases each evening. The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organisation whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the Cross County Lines Festival featuring Patty Griffin and John Hiatt in Franklin, Tennessee and the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honours & Awards program.