INDIANAPOLIS - A music nonprofit that draws more than 600,000 visitors to Indianapolis every year has committed to keep its events in the city through 2023.
Music For All hosts the high school marching band Grand Nationals and two other major events in Indianapolis every year, bringing thousands to the Circle City and contributing millions to the economy.
While other cities have tried to lure the group away, CEO Eric Martin said at a news conference with city leaders Thursday that the organization is happy to call Indianapolis home for another decade.
"There are cities that have vied to have our business and the economic activity that it brings, but there's something about Indianapolis that makes it different," he said. "Because they're much more interested in just the economics of it, they're also involved in the critical success of our organization and its mission.
"Thank you, Indianapolis, for continuing to be the nation's leader in terms of innovative, creative leadership in attracting destination tourism."
It's estimated that over the next 11 years, Music For All's events will bring in $225 million for the city.
Cecily Yoakam from Tulsa, Okla., calls performing at Lucas Oil Stadium "breathtaking" and calls the program that makes it happen "life-changing."
"Music has changed my life and Music For All has given me the opportunities to succeed and to become better," Yoakam said.
The Grand Nationals will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium through Sunday.