Thanks for the "Hi five" on this subject. I know there have been a
lot of things going on in the world at the same time, but what's
happening in Nashville, "Music City" is, well a disaster. I was in
Nashville once in my life and I was so impressed by the musical
culture and the creative talent. We as a community that acknowledge
musical history and technology we should all do the best we can to
help our brothers and sisters in Nashville the best we can. I know
there are somethings that may never be put right, but if anything we
can do to save what can be saved, let's do the best we can. To think
the Gibson Guitar Factory, under water! Yikes! Some of my favorite
guitars were made there. The Grand Old Opery, The Country Music Hall
of Fame! I don't know why the media is playing this down, but it's
almost a cultural holocaust. This whole thing blows my mind. But
musical Nashville really needs help.
On May 7, 2010, at 7:39 PM, John Spencer wrote:
> Thanks for forwarding this to the list. The Annual Grammy Block
> Party (5/11) has now been converted to a fund-raiser, and Vince
> Gill and his wife Amy Grant did a small telethon last night and
> raised $1.7 million (it was kind of Taylor Swift to cut a check for
> $500,000!). There are also a number of smaller events being planned
> all over the city.
> We are still continuing with our 13th annual AES Engineer's Relief
> Fund Golf Tournament on 5/27 and 5/28, which has raised close to
> $1million over the years and is a direct source of funds for
> engineers, musician, techs, etc. who in most cases have no insurance.
> If you do some quick Googling, you can find out about the CMHOF
> (flooded basement but otherwise OK - got an email from Alan Stoker
> today), our symphony hall (2 Steinways and a multi-million dollar
> pipe organ wasted), The Grand Ole Opry, and the Opryland hotel, but
> there are a number of other places that got slammed as well
> (Gibson, SoundCheck, Creation Audio Labs.......)
> It kind of seems like there has not been much coverage about it,
> what with the NYC bombing attempt, oil rigs leaking, and the stock
> market going like a roller coaster, but I personally think it is a
> testimony to this town and our citizens, and I'm proud of how the
> community has pulled together.
> I can assure you any money you give to the MusiCares Nashville
> Flood Relief will IMMEDIATELY go to help out our musical brothers
> and sisters.
> If anyone would like more details or would like to be pointed to
> other charity links, please feel free to call me or reach me at the
> email listed below.
> Here's some pretty good summary links:
> and if nothing else just catch this video clip, it's a bit tough
> for me personally to watch but it is reality (when you see the
> stage door at the Opry you'll know what I mean):
> Thanks in advance for your thoughts and support.
> John Spencer
> BMS/ Chace LLC
> 1801 8th Ave. S. Suite 200
> Nashville, TN 37203
> office (615) 385-1251
> fax (615) 385-0153
> cell (615) 714-1199
> email: [log in to unmask]
> web: www.bmschace.com
> On May 7, 2010, at 4:55 PM, ADRIAN COSENTINI wrote:
>> I got this from NARAS (The Grammy's). As music lovers here is a
>> great way to help "Music City".
>> Dear Friends,
>> By now we have all seen the devastating and profoundly life-
>> altering effects of the recent and unexpected floods that hit
>> Nashville and its surrounding areas. Many in this music community
>> have experienced significant losses, and many of the city's iconic
>> music landmarks have suffered irreparable damage. It's times like
>> these when we must come together and help those who need it most.
>> In light of these circumstances, The Recording Academy® and its
>> MusiCares® Foundation which provides a safety net of critical
>> services for music people in crisis have established the MusiCares
>> Nashville Flood Relief Fund
>> Emergency assistance already has begun, and 100 percent of every
>> dollar raised will be immediately distributed to help those in the
>> Nashville music community that are victims of the floods.
>> Donations to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief may be made at
>> www.musicares.com/NashvilleFloodRelief. MusiCares' initial
>> assistance will provide funds for food and clothing, gasoline and
>> transportation, clean-up efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and
>> other critical supplies. To apply for assistance, please contact
>> the South Regional office at 615.327.0050 or toll free at
>> 877.626.2748. A list of resources for flood victims is also
>> available at the above link.
>> I encourage you to help in any way you can, and let's all keep our
>> friends who have been affected by this tragic event in our thoughts.
>> Warm regards,
>> Neil Portnow President/CEO The Recording Academy and MusiCares