Music Row, where the sounds of America have been created for more than 60 years, is endangered by Nashville’s massive growth and development, and we need you to help preserve it. Since 2013, there have been 43 demolitions on Music Row and five more properties—including Bobby’s Idle Hour, the last remaining tavern located on the Row—are currently threatened with demolition to make way for an office building. Help us keep the music on Music Row by voicing your support to bring greater protections and preservation incentives to sustain its vital importance to Nashville’s identity as Music City.
In recent years, places where the music that gave Nashville its international reputation as Music City have been lost to the wrecking ball—including the first record company office on Music Row, the first recording studio ever built in Nashville, and the city’s first commercial radio station. In 2014, famed RCA Studio (where artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Chris Stapleton recorded hits) was slated for demolition, touching off an international outcry and prompting the National Trust to launch a National Treasure campaign to raise awareness of the importance of Music Row and the growing threats to it.
Since that time, we have worked closely with Historic Nashville, Inc., the music industry, and other partners to research and promote the rich history of Music Row. Together, we proposed a range of solutions to make sure that what makes Music Row so special is enhanced by new development, not destroyed by it.
Though our recommendations were well received by Metro Nashville government, no new protections or preservation incentives have been put in place.