Concert halls struggle to survive


Concert halls struggle to survive
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The same factors that pushed moms and pop restaurants to the brink of collapse in Nashville also rule out independently run concert halls.

  • Soaring real estate costs and the corporatization of the live music industry have made it increasingly difficult for independent venues, which have been evicted upon expiration of their leases by landlords seeking to earn more money. money on the building.

Why is this important: In recent months, the Mercy Fair trio of venues announced they were leaving Cannery Row without a new location. And earlier this year, a boutique hotel developer purchased the Output / Input property, apparently setting the stage for longtime operators to be kicked out.

Driving the news: Metro Councilmember Jeff Syracuse passed legislation earlier this year calling for an in-depth study of the Nashville concert industry.

  • Syracuse hopes the study will identify vulnerable sites, as well as possible tax breaks to fight stiff competition from corporate giants Live Nation and AEG.
  • The study is on hold as stakeholders await their request for federal stimulus dollars, which would be used to hire a consultant to do the research.

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