MAYOR ANNOUNCES MUSIC BUSINESS COUNCIL

From the office of Mayor Karl Dean

Artists and industry executives to work with city and Chamber on music business development

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean announced today an initiative to help sustain and grow the music industry in Nashville. The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, has created a Music Business Council made up of artists and industry executives who will spearhead various economic development efforts that capitalize on Nashville’s identity as Music City.

The priorities Dean has established for the Council include increasing live music venues in the city, increasing music business relocations, improving Nashville’s public school music education program, expanding the CMA Music Festival and developing a new multi-genre music festival. The Music Business Council will serve as an ongoing industry support organization to accomplish these and other goals.

“Nashville is not any city, we’re Music City. We have an opportunity to grow that identity and benefit both our city and the music industry in the process. My goal is to make Nashville the destination for music performances, festivals, business and education,” Dean said.

A 2006 study commissioned by Belmont University and the Chamber showed the music industry has a $6.38 billion impact on Nashville’s economy. The industry provides nearly 20,000 jobs directly related to music production and another 15,000 from music-related tourism. The study also found that tax revenue generated by the industry totals more than $75 million.

“Music is the worldwide identity of our city. It provides a brand that exemplifies the creative, entrepreneurial spirit Nashville is known for,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Because the music industry is a critical element in the city’s economic development efforts, the Music Business Council has been formed to ensure we are doing everything we can to support and continue to grow multiple facets of this industry.”Music Business Council Members:

Mary Ann McCready chair Floor – Bumstead McCready & McCarthy, Tim Dubois – facilitator Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Jim Hester – Mayor’s Office liaison Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Tawn Albright-echo, Connie Bradley-ASCAP,Kix Brooks-Artist, Tony Brown– Tony Brown Enterprises, Steve Buchanan-Gaylord Entertainment, Pat Collins – SESAC, Karl Dean – mayor Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Kylee Ervin – Diamond Coach, Rod Essig – CAA, Kira Florita – Leadership Music, Jay Frank – CMT, Eric Geadelmann-821 Entertainmen, Tammy Genovese-CMA, Mike Golden-Bandit Lights, Randy Goodman-Lyric Street Records, Emmylou Harris-Artist, Dan Hays-IBMA, Bart Herbison-NSAI, Pat Higdon-Universal Music Publishing, Jed Hilly-Americana Music Association, Barrie Kessler-SoundExchange, Ken Levitan-Vector Management, Rich Maradik-Gaylord Entertainment, Janet Miller-Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Steve Moore-AEG Live, Dave Pomeroy-Nashville Association of Musicians, David Ross-Music Row Publications, Rivers Rutherford-songwriter, Ralph Schulz-Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Selby-Naxos, Nancy Shapiro-NARAS, Butch Spyridon-Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Demetrus Stewart-Pure Springs Gospel, John Styll-GMA, Bo Thomas-Belmont University, Crom Tidwell-CT Merchandising, Cal Turner, III-Cal IV Entertainment, Alan Valentine-Nashville Symphony,Garry West-Compass Records, Jack White-Artist, Jason Moon Wilkins-Next Big Nashville, Jody Williams -BMI, Kyle Young -Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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