SOS hasn’t gained any support from Tennessee’s congressional representatives yet, but Sens. – Senior Reporter, Nashville Business Journal May 21, 2020, 12:47pm EDT As of Memorial Day, Mayor John Cooper will further relax restrictions he put in place to stem the spread of … Even with the extra dough, she has worries. Cobb and Exit/In have also banded together as part of a group of 15 of those local NIVA members, from tiny all-ages spot Drkmttr to the three-venue Cannery Row complex, as Music Venue Alliance Nashville. But now there’s a more immediate problem. There are safeguards to prevent large corporate entities from taking advantage of the program, and there’s an opportunity to apply for supplemental grants if conditions force venues to remain closed. Residents are required to make an appointment to receive the vaccine. So far, there are 62,133 negative test results. They’re asking fans to contact their representatives in Congress; to donate money, if they have it, to keep the lights on; to wear masks when they go out in public with the hope that sooner than later, it’ll be safe to gather in groups again. Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander have signed on to co-sponsor RESTART, while Reps. Jim Cooper, Steve Cohen and David Kustoff have co-sponsored a corresponding bill in the House. “What I learned over the course of 10 days was that it was going to be better for not only most of them,” Cobb says, “but also for the hope that Exit/In wouldn’t have to permanently close … to lay all of them off.”. Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn introduced a bill called the Save Our Stages Act that would make some $10 billion in aid available, addressing the bulk of NIVA’s concerns. The last week, however, has been haunting as the world-famous entertainment district was transformed to a ghost town when the city ordered bars shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Live music is a … Streaming works for some venues: Bluegrass mecca the Station Inn established its Station Inn TV platform in 2019, and it’s been a huge help to the club this year. One thing is clear: These venues have given us more than we can give back. Carolyn Lethgo stands outside AJ's Good Time Bar, owned by singer Alan Jackson. He'd planned to travel to Fort Worth, Texas, next month to perform with Lonnie Spiker at the. It's like something on TV," Jones said. They offer a glimpse of what a cautious return to live audiences might look like, and it’s hopeful. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - There is some positive news in the state's response to COVID-19. Covid means Nashville’s music industry faces an uncertain future. The next day, seeing the rising tide of COVID-related cancellations, Sherwood and Collinsworth made the call to close until further notice. In addition to booking the shows and ensuring they run smoothly, Simon is out on the floor busing tables. A staffer checks guests’ temperatures at City Winery, That means additional competition to cope with, including Nashville’s Douglas Corner Cafe, contributor Marissa R. Moss reported via NPR, at the top of Historic Nashville Inc.’s 2019 Nashville Nine list of endangered historic properties, which was unveiled outside Exit/In on Aug. 12, the National Independent Venue Association, an imperfect solution to an unprecedented problem, Billy Strings’ wildly popular Streaming Strings Tour in July, and it’s been a huge help to the club this year. "I'm not letting this cloud of darkness take away the symbolism of what was planned," Jones said. "I'm super concerned about my well-being. With the bar closed, they're bringing in employees to do the deep cleaning they don't typically have time to do when Robert's is packed morning to night. The Nashville location is one of two City Wineries that’s been able to cautiously make a return to live music since the pandemic began. She and her friends, mostly musicians and bartenders, don't know how long their lives will be disrupted. He's also spent years touring with blues legend Keb' Mo' and country superstars Rascal Flatts. And owners fear for the future of their businesses and of a musical way of life. He's spent his life defying expectations. Chris Cobb started booking shows at Exit/In in the Aughts, and he became the sole owner of the venue last fall after an amicable split with business partner Josh Billue (with whom he co-founded 1,800-capacity venue Marathon Music Works). As long as the public health metrics that Metro tracks don’t indicate a need to move backward on the reopening roadmap, City Winery can accommodate 200 total patrons at its two stages each day. Exit/In is at the center of the group Save the Rock Block, which organized a successful grassroots campaign in 2019 against a rezoning ordinance that Cobb and his neighbors — whose strip of Elliston is known as the Rock Block for its long tradition of hosting shows — saw as detrimental to their businesses. They won’t be increasing capacity until they judge that it’s safe to do so, even if Metro’s guidelines allow it sooner. At the beginning of 2020, the concert business was booming, and Nashville was experiencing a strong uptick in activity at the club level. The New Orleans funk band Galactic bought the decades-old music club Tipitina's late in 2018 and appeared to be making a success of the venerable live music venue. That means additional competition to cope with, but it’s also a badge of honor. While most venues in Music City have been dead silent for months, some are happy to test the lockdown's limits. For artists, industry professionals and anxious music fans, the concert business, like live sports, was among the first to be affected by COVID-19 and will be among the last to recover. We’re six months into the pandemic with no clear end in sight, and numerous clubs across the U.S., including Nashville’s Douglas Corner Cafe, have announced that they will close permanently. Also a quick sell-out: an Aug. 22 set from bluegrass guitar master and rising singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle, the first show with an audience to be streamed live from City Winery via its new partnership with streaming startup Mandolin. "Nobody's at an office anywhere right now," she said. Definitely harder work mentally and emotionally. ", Coronavirus precautions have canceled Posey's shows from Nashville to New Mexico. The international network of venues that our city’s clubs are part of employs thousands of people and allows local scenes to grow and evolve across an array of genres and traditions. As of October 1, 2020, Nashville is in “Phase 3.” Phase 3 was extended on November 2, 2020. Guests receive a baggie so they’ve got a place to put their mask while they’re eating, plus a disinfectant wipe. Nashville’s ecosystem of independent clubs has nurtured heaps of rock bands with global fan bases, played an important role in the rise of Americana as a force to be reckoned with, and hosted an array of pop musicians, rappers and others as they’ve worked to get established in our city. Nashville -- with its Music Row, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and scores of recording studios -- boasts an incomparable music scene. So we’re about to learn in September if it is possible to even make a living at all doing this.”. He then did extensive research to learn how the loan could be forgiven, but ultimately determined there was no way he could meet the requirements. He'd already taken on the loan, and unless Congress changes the rules for PPP, about 60 percent of it will become a debt. Talisha Holmes doesn't know what the future holds for her career, she says. “What all the music venues in Nashville need to do is find a way that we can service the city itself and help change the view of Nashville from downtown drunken idiots in a pandemic to real live music,” Sherwood says. Though fortunate, Hicks has seen his gigs vanish all the same. "That's the music community we live in," said Cousins, a musician herself. Other venues are getting creative to keep Nashville's spirit alive. Jack White's, "The biggest thing is the show must go on," said. Venues, badly damaged if not destroyed, canceled and postponed shows. Sadly, Carrier died in 2017, but she’s fondly remembered as a firm believer in the area’s music scene years before it took off. Sessions, another moneymaker, have Hicks weighing his safety, examining the studio layout and counting how many musicians will be in the room. To match the revenue that comes from a full year’s concert calendar, he’d have to produce 2,000 streams in a year — an impossible five to seven every day. Musicians saw their livelihoods disrupted. It doesn't help that she can't find hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. They set up a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of paying staff, bands on the calendar whose shows were canceled and some of their own bills, at least for a month. There’s still a real danger that some venues will not reopen. JesseLee Jones, frontman for. City Winery opened in 2014 in a former warehouse near Third Man Records and the Nashville Rescue Mission It’s one of eight City Wineries around the U.S., each of which features a restaurant space as well as one or more venue spaces. COVID-19: 'The Bitter End' for nation's live music venues? Recipients would be able to cover things like rent and utilities, as well as costs of personal protective equipment and other expenditures to comply with local health guidelines once they are able to reopen. In addition to sanitization before patrons arrive and after they leave, a staffer spends each show circling the venue, wiping down high-touch surfaces and offering hand sanitizer. It gives a few people an opportunity to make pennies to the dollar of what they used to make — to do not only the same work, but probably harder work. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (CNN)Nashvillians still remember how that music used to make them smile. “Phase one was ‘Build it,’ and phase two was ‘Get it going well.’ And now I’m in phase three, which is ‘Try to find out if people will pay five bucks to watch something on their phone or computer.’ If they do, we can have a broader reach. There isn’t money specifically for performers, but many musicians also work at venues. They’re a cultural and economic boon to cities that are lucky enough to have them. Phase One (Started on May 11, 2020) Phase Two (Current Phase as of May 25, 2020) As Music City navigated its recent decade-long cultural boom, challenges like rising rent and real estate prices put additional pressure on Nashville’s independent music venues. They’re seeking out new sources of revenue and lobbying for federal financial aid. NASHVILLE (KMOV.com) - Typically, the fan experience for the Music City Bowl in Nashville highlights what the city is best known for, a fun atmosphere and plenty of live music. They have also set up a resource page on their website with various other informational resources. “We don’t have a lot of cash in the bank,” Cobb tells the Scene. He and Cousins will exchange their vows Sunday, even if they celebrate later. The main obstacle is a very New Nashville problem that, ironically, feels almost quaint during the pandemic. You could hear people saying things to her, thanking her for playing tonight, and she didn’t want to get off the stage.”. Exit/In’s own house video rig is almost dialed-in, and they’ll produce more streams coming up. "They don't sit idly by and watch people suffer. “We were hearing that from people who watched it from home, saying, ‘That was the best livestream I’ve seen this entire quarantine experience.’ And part of it has to be because Molly was feeding off of the crowd. They're also putting musicians to work online, performing on the bar's iconic stage, where Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard smile down on performers. Paths are marked throughout the building to keep traffic flowing freely. UPDATE (6-9-20) Mike Hicks wonders if we'll see 20,000 people at a concert again, he says. The famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge was among the establishments forced to close. “I can’t just not do that. It's not just impacting the country music for which the city is so well known, "We're all in the same situation. Legends Corner on Broadway sits dark Wednesday. Cobb is already very experienced with organizing support on behalf of the longstanding 500-capacity room on Elliston Place. This sort of perseverance is what makes Nashville one of the most exciting cities in the world, said Posey, the fiddle player. I may have to come home. Musicians and some other workers, who typically work on a freelance basis and are classified as self-employed, have been able to find some help through revamped government unemployment programs as well as relief funds from nonprofits like MusiCares and Music Health Alliance. Music clubs all over the nation — pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village — are shuttered due to the coronavirus. A new report from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce shows how much the coronavirus affected the city's music industry. The New Orleans funk band Galactic bought the decades-old music club Tipitina's late in 2018 and appeared to be making a success of the venerable live music venue. The two months’ worth of funds offered by the council doesn’t come close to getting the venues all the way through the pandemic. Safe live music performances possible during COVID-19. Nashville -- with its Music Row, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and scores of recording studios -- boasts an incomparable music scene. "I have never, ever imagined that such a thing would be possible. Exit/In hasn’t hosted a show since March 15, and financial reserves are getting thin. While assistance from fans has been both heartwarming and financially significant, it can’t create the kind of sustained income that independent venues need to survive. Danny Parks, John McTigue III and Rachael Hester perform at Robert's Western World. It does not help either the self-employed workers these businesses have been unable to hire as they normally would, or the full-time staff they’ve had to lay off. Nashville will recover, he said. It is staffed by healthcare professionals. They might be hoping for a benevolent investor like Sir Elton John, who recently told BBC Radio 6 Music that he has “a few irons in the fire” with regard to saving The Troubadour, the Los Angeles club where he made his U.S. debut in 1970. There are so many people so affected by the circumstance, and CARES was not set up to help us all through much more than a few months of the pandemic.”. The wheels are already turning at the federal level. With these precautions in place, 100 people — 25 percent of the main room’s capacity — can come see a show. “It’s two months — we asked for six, and we need, probably, 12,” Cobb says. "It makes me sad. "Hopefully, the storm will pass fast. After working with them for two weeks on a PPP application, he was approved. Playing at church gatherings, weddings and funerals can also be lucrative, he said, but those are canceled as well. The couple is now considering a May date for the soirée. Heavy construction on M Cubed Developments’ townhome complex next door rattles The 5 Spot until 5 or 6 p.m. most days. "I was going to eat off of that for a while," she said. Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly states the status of Exit/In's PPP loan. ... there is no clear end in sight to the pandemic closures. “The economy of scale just isn’t what it used to be,” he says. “But it feels good. Venues, though, have had precious few ways to generate revenue beyond selling T-shirts and masks and launching crowdfunding campaigns. Music performance industry still shuttered as city opens Covid recovery phase 3.3 Monday evening headlines - 11/9/20 By Amanda Roberts | November 9, 2020 at 8:39 PM CST - Updated November 9 at 9:30 PM Music clubs all over the nation — pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village — are shuttered due to the coronavirus. Holmes is one of many musicians who rely on church gigs, she said. In July, U.S. Sens. If anybody can bounce back from this thing, Nashville can," Posey said. Exit/In was one of five Nashville clubs to host stops on young bluegrasser and rocker Billy Strings’ wildly popular Streaming Strings Tour in July. Construction on the proposed hotel project may continue anyway, but the area was recognized at the top of Historic Nashville Inc.’s 2019 Nashville Nine list of endangered historic properties. It was going to be an affair fit for Nashville royalty: a party at Robert's, a ceremony at the historic Ernest Tubb Record Shop and a reception at Marathon Music Works, an automobile factory cum music venue. The Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program — an imperfect solution to an unprecedented problem — has benefited a lot of businesses. Then came the … “It connects artists with fans. For Mike Simon, a longtime City Winery staffer who took the reins as programming manager for Nashville in 2017, attention to detail in making the room a safe place to be is absolutely critical. (The bill also shares its name with NIVA’s call to action, featuring a form email that makes it easy for music fans to contact their representatives in Congress.) Legislation that could help venues has been introduced in Congress, and on Sept. 1, the Metro Council passed a resolution offering grants, allocated from federal CARES Act funding, meant to help independent venues pay bills for two months, delaying the worst outcome. It will not, however, be easy. To see the recommendations, materials, tutorials and step by step videos click HERE. There are 1,505 active COVID-19 cases in the county. Posey, 65, was at his Dickson home when the killer storm passed over March 3 and released a vicious tornado in west Nashville. Others, as Scene contributor Marissa R. Moss reported via NPR, are concerned about becoming targets for predatory investment. New 24/7 Live stream ... NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — New COVID-19 restrictions went into place at midnight in Metro Nashville. Employees sit in the back of the closed Mellow Mushroom on Broadway. The current conditions are a vast improvement over the venue’s lowest point during the pandemic, when all but five salaried employees were furloughed, but it’s still a skeleton crew. The city of Nashville is following a four-phase plan. He hopes to scale up and run more than one stream per day. "It's another cog in an income wheel whose bearing has become completely unhinged and broken by the combo of the tornado and the virus," Hicks said. As the bands play, viewers share photos as they dance in their living rooms, with the bar's staples -- cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and fried bologna sandwiches -- in hand, she said. In Nashville, we are counting our blessings.”. In a non-pandemic year, City Winery might serve from 600 to 2,000 guests on a busy weekend night via the restaurant, the upstairs lounge and the main venue. He's pondering: Will there be enough space for social distancing? Nonetheless, it’s a welcome bit of relief. 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