Monday, December 8, 2008

Nashville to Get Music Commission, Maybe

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:48 PM

According to a WPLN piece that aired this morning, there is talk of establishing a Nashville music commission to "promote the industry locally and to the rest of the world." According to WPLN, Seattle will name an official music commission in January. Their cheerleader had this to say about "the city made famous by grunge": "It's culturally something we identify with. We think music makes us unique and it's something we really like about us. But we also know it's a powerhouse economically." I don't think music makes Seattle "unique," but I find this a bit funny personally, because I remember all the gnashing of teeth years ago about how touring bands used to skip Seattle (which is way more inconveniently located than our own tour-starved Nashville). Maybe we just need a music commissioner, with a red guitar-shaped phone or something. As a counterpoint, there's Austin, which has had a music commission for a decade, focusing more on internal problems like health insurance and affordable housing. I suppose having SXSW every year and Austin City Limits on TV makes promotion less necessary. My question is: Do we need a commission to "promote the industry locally"? I mean, the industry got Governor Bredesen to sign a law that forces state universities to police file-sharing. Doesn't sound like it needs much help promoting itself. Or maybe not the industry so much as music-related business. Fine. But, isn't that what the tourism board should be doing anyway?

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