Metro council users took ways Tuesday to stabilize and protect some of Nashville’s most iconic unbiased reside new music venues.
The council voted to approve:
Tuesday’s approvals come after quite a few properly-known venues have introduced they will be compelled to shift from their widely beloved places as their leases end and Nashville assets values soar.
Metro to review applications to protect venues
Metro Council permitted $260,000 in American Rescue Approach Act money for a examine aiming to discover tactics to preserve independent live tunes venues. Outdoors consultants will review techniques utilized in other metropolitan areas to assist reside music venues as they face growing development strain.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will lead $30,000 to the examine, and the Nashville Convention and Guests Corporation will contribute $10,000.
The allocation builds on a 2021 resolution to inventory Nashville’s independent audio venues in an energy to understand how to most effective preserve and aid them.
Exit/In, a 51-12 months-outdated stay songs location on Elliston Area, is between these at threat.
Enhancement business AJ Money Companions bought the assets made up of the Exit/In venue and the adjoining Hurry Back again Tavern for $6.45 million last calendar year after Exit/In operator Chris Cobb and his spouse Telisha Cobb attempted to purchase the Rock Block staple by themselves.
AJ Capital Partners has requested a historic landmark designation for the venue, pending Metro Council acceptance, but Cobb explained this will not ensure the venue’s preservation previous guaranteeing the setting up will not be demolished. Cobb’s lease expires at the stop of the calendar year and will not be renewed, he reported.
Mercy Lounge will leave its Cannery Row location of two a long time this May well because of to the stop of its lease. The entrepreneurs of the trio of beloved concert venues program to relocate to an unannounced spot. Location 3rd & Lindsley is also in research of a new building because of to the ending of its lease.
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Council customers support Music City Tunes Council revival
The Audio City Songs Council convened in 2009 beneath then-Mayor Karl Dean’s administration to assist Nashville’s tunes and imaginative group, but shrank in 2011 and ultimately fizzled right after previous-Mayor Megan Barry’s administration.
Council member JSyracuse sponsored the resolution to revive the Music City Songs Council to help preserve Nashville’s artistic ecosystem in addition to its historic venues from just one mayoral administration to the upcoming.
Syracuse explained Huntsville, Alabama just lately employed a tunes officer in its mayor’s workplace, and Nashville shouldn’t just take its Tunes City acclaim for granted.
Grant to aid restore previous Club Baron
Club Baron, now the Elks Lodge, was a staple of Jefferson Street’s stay new music scene in the 1950s and 1960s, web hosting artists like Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Etta James and Ray Charles and many much more.
The building of Interstate 40 through Jefferson Street’s when flourishing audio scene hindered the achievement of the Black-owned audio venue.
The North Nashville structure was declared a historic landmark in 2016, but weakened in the March 2020 tornado. Nonprofit Historic Nashville named the Elks Lodge among its “Nashville 9” listing of at-threat historic qualities past calendar year.
A $50,000 grant will go to Songs City, Inc., a nonprofit made by the Nashville Convention and Guests Company specially to restore Elks Lodge.
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