Save Music Row has announced a merger with Music Industry Coalition, bringing together a pair of Nashville-based community groups formed in the wake of successful efforts to save RCA Studio A on historic Music Row.
According to a joint release, MIC approached Save Music Row president Jeannette Porrazzo about joining forces, and it became clear they shared the same goal. "We all want to be sure the past and future of Music Row is appropriately acknowledged -- as advocates for the creative culture unique to this special place in Nashville," she said.
Under the new agreement, Porrazzo will join MIC, a group of music executives, property owners and other stakeholders dedicated to preserving the heritage and viability of Music Row. "We saw how much passion Jeannette has for this issue and what she was able to accomplish," said MIC chairman Mike Kopp. "All of us at MIC are happy to have her investing her energy and passion in the mission alongside us."
Preservation efforts in the area were jump-started last year amid plans by a developer to replace Studio A with luxury condos. One of the building's tenants, Ben Folds, led the fight to save the space and in October the philanthropist Aubrey Preston bought it back from the developer at the last second.
The National Trust for Historical Preservation announced last month that Music Row had been added to its "National Treasure" list of historical places threatened by development. The group's vp, David J. Brown, said that receiving the designation from the National Trust "brings a commitment from us to take direct action to demonstrate the value of this place and to plan for its sustainable future."