Proposal: Music Row should be ‘cultural industry district’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new proposal says Nashville’s Music Row should be designated a “cultural industry district” by Metro government.

The Tennessean reports the recommendation comes from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the local Music Industry Coalition, who are both expected to release a report Monday, detailing options that Metro and the state could pursue to help keep music businesses thriving on Music Row.

Music Row has already been named a national treasure by the National Trust.

The designation would allow those businesses to come together to create a nonprofit organization called Music Row Investment Trust. The organization could then pursue preservation tools including low-interest loans to purchase and rehabilitate historic buildings.

A report last year found 200 active music businesses and 66 properties worthy of preservation on Music Row.