NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When a musician or creator is looking to make a record, a music video, or do a photo shoot, they need to find a venue to complete their project, and thanks to Nashville startup AVVAY, it's easier to find a venue than ever before.
Acting as an Airbnb for musicians and creators, AVVAY has listings of potential properties to bring a project.
Headquartered in Cool Springs, the company launched in Nashville about a year ago, and they've expanded to four additional cities, adding more properties to their listings every day.
Recently, the company raised $1 million to help the company grow, and for local businesses, the company has already brought success.
"It seems so easy to just be like, 'Oh yeah, let's find an abandoned warehouse to shoot this band photo shoot in,' or something, but it's not that easy," Will Greig, owner of Layman Drug Company said.
Layman Drug Company is a studio just south of downtown Nashville that is one of the most stunning studios in the city, existing in the old Layman Drug Company building that has been in existence for more than 100 years.
"YouTube is now the biggest distributor of music, we figured, let's build something from the ground up that's optimized for visual music content," Greig said.
Greig has his studio listed on AVVAY, and he said it has brought him plenty of business already.
"The piano is a huge selling point," Greig said. "The more and more of these videos that get produced, the more and more people that say, 'Oh, I want that. I want that look.'"
AVVAY allows you to list your property just like Airbnb, but instead of having it for people to stay in, it's for people to work in.
AVVAY takes a small cut of the booking fee, but all properties can be listed for free.
AVVAY is currently in five cities, including Nashville, and they plan to expand to other markets.