• And the Beat Goes on: Music Row Historic Research Project Announced

    April 3, 2015

    Approximately 100 enthusiastic Music Row supporters gathered at a public meeting hosted by the National Trust and the Music Industry Coalition on April 2 to learn more about historic research study that will tell Music Row’s story and guide plans for its future.

    The National Trust will lead the study, working with local partners, government agencies and preservation consultants, to create a comprehensive Multiple Property Documentation Form that will allow for individual properties to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will also collect oral histories from artists, musicians, songwriters, publicists, publishers and others about their memories and experiences on Music Row.

    The final historical document will create a master inventory of historic music-related properties and will provide the foundation for a new Music Row Design Plan. The National Trust will work with the Metro Planning Department and other partners in the coming months to create the plan which will guide Music Row’s future development.

    The evening concluded with an outpouring of offers from supporters volunteering to help with research, to provide historical information and to participate in the oral history collection.

    Speakers at the meeting included Carolyn Brackett and Alicia Leuba (pictured) with the National Trust; Mike Kopp, chair of Music Industry Coalition; John Dotson, vice chair of the Music Industry Coalition and founder of the newly formed Music Row Neighborhood Association; Tim Walker, Metro Nashville Historical Commission executive director and Doug Sloan, Metro Planning Department deputy director.

    Carolyn Brackett was interviewed by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 on the spate of recent demolitions and the importance of saving Music Row.

  • National Treasure Designation Officially Announced in Nashville

    January 16, 2015

    Our Music Row National Treasure launched on January 12 with great fanfare! Approximately 200 preservationists, supporters, music industry reps, and politicians, including Mayor Karl Dean and Congressman Jim Cooper, gathered at historic RCA Studio A to witness the public announcement of our National Treasure designation. Ben Folds, the tenant of Studio A who sparked the “Save Studio A” campaign last fall and his co-manager Mike Kopp (now chair of Music Industry Coalition), made stirring remarks, both praising the National Trust for its early support and making the case for why a vibrant, intact Music Row is so important to the identity of Music City.

    Ben introduced David Brown, executive vice president of the National Trust, who drew on his Tennessee roots and love for country music to describe Music Row’s many contributions to our cultural heritage. He also acknowledged the many partners that will be essential to our National Treasures work, including the Music Industry Coalition, Nashville Office of the Mayor, Metro Nashville Historical Commission, Historic Nashville, Inc., Tennessee Preservation Trust and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

    Press attendance was strong and enthusiastic, and coverage included the Associated Press, the localNBC, CBS and ABC television stations, Nashville's NPR affiliate, The Tennessean and the Nashville Business Journal. The Associated Press story was picked up by outlets including the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Miami Herald and ABCnews.com.

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