NECAT Mission Statement
Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission that is two-fold:
1. expose middle TN viewers to arts and education programming created both locally and around the world, and
2. teach individuals and organizations who wish to make TV shows how to do so, let them use our equipment and resources, then broadcast those shows for them.
We run 3 public television channels that have served the community since the 1970s. These channels are Music City Arts (our arts channel), iQtv (our education channel), and Access Nashville (our community access channel). All 3 channels are 24 hours a day and are broadcast on television via Comcast channels 9, 10, and 19 in Davidson County, via AT&T U-Verse channel 99 in 19 middle TN counties*, and live-streamed on the internet 24 hours/day.
A very affordable, one-of-a-kind outlet for individuals and organizations learning to express their ideas and perspectives via television, NECAT is also, from the viewers’ perspective, a window into music, theater, dance, environmental science, conservation, multi-cultural and organic cooking, politics, humor, alternative energies, healthcare services, and business strategies—from our own community as well as in other regions, ideologies, countries, and languages.
*AT&T U-Verse counties we broadcast to are: Bedford, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson.
NECAT was formed in 2010 after Metro government and the Metro Council combined Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation (MEAC) and Community Access Corporation (CAC). A consolidated Board of Directors was appointed to provide guidance and oversight for the network.
In 2022, NECAT became part of Nashville Public Library.
With a history of community access television reaching back 30 years, the NECAT Network is committed to improving the quantity and quality of its local programming across the board.
The staff and board of NECAT are also committed to more active outreach to the entire middle Tennessee community. NECAT will utilize a consolidated Web site, e-newsletter, open houses and other initiatives to engage residents in a dialogue about programming. Additionally, all board meetings are open to the public.
NECAT is partially funded by Comcast (through its franchise agreement with Metro Government). NECAT operations are supplemented by underwriters and sponsors, fees from producers, and contributions from our viewers. Your support allows us to make public access in Nashville great!
Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television is the not-for-profit organization that operates Music City Arts, iQtv, and Access Nashville on Comcast cable in Davidson County and AT&T U-verse channel 99 in 19 middle Tennessee counties.
These local stations bring the talent and knowledge of its residents to over 161,000 households in Davidson County and streams online. The more involved you are the better these stations will be. Please send us your programs, become a producer, volunteer your time, and support us financially, so we can make our channels great like our community.
What is a PEG Station?
PEG stands for Public Education Government, representing the 3 categories of programming provided by a PEG station. These stations exist when a cable provider moves into a city. They pay the local government franchise fee. They are also required by law to provide free air waves for the broadcast of community arts and education. It is up to the local government to decide if they will establish a PEG station in their community. In our case, Metro Nashville Government has provided this service to the community.
NECAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that operates MCAtv, iQtv, and ANtv on Comcast cable in Davidson County, TN and U-verse in Middle TN. We are a recognized charity organization by Federal and State agencies.
NECAT is supported by Nashville Public Library.