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How You Can Help Nashville…

From New Music Tipsheet, an email on how you ca help the situation in Nashville:
Last weekend, severe rains hit Nashville, causing unprecedented floods throughout the region, resulting in at least $1.5 billion in damages and 30 dead (found so far). A high pressure system from the east kept a typical summer rain storm in place over Nashville for 36 hours, instead of the usual 4–5 hour passover. But amidst oil spills in the Gulf, bomb scares in Times Square, riots in Greece, and whiplash in the financial markets, the Nashville floods got lost in the headlines.

As the waters recede and the city starts to dry thanks to 90-degree weather, I figured it best to let people know what’s up, with a little help from Jennie Smythe of Girlilla Marketing:

The Opryland Hotel is closed until further notice; the Grand Ole Opry has moved its concerts until the flood damage can be fixed (the Ryman Auditiorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry, was untouched). LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans and site of the annual CMA Music Fest, had up to six feet of water and six inches in the locker rooms.

The Country Music Hall of Fame received over 5 feet of water in the basement, but the permanent collections on the second & third floors were safe from harm.

Rehearsal and storage space Soundcheck Nashville received extensive damage, and is just now allowing clients to claim and move their equipment, including tons of touring and vintage gear that was ruined by the waters. According to CMT‘s Jay Frank, “Everything there is a total loss, completely soaked—instruments, equipment, road gear, everything.” This excellent New York Times article goes into greater detail about the losses the musicians have suffered.

A lot of label & publishing offices were displaced due to access issues, CMT employees had to work in remote spaces or from home all week, and many local businesses gave their employees this past Friday off to volunteer time to relief efforts. The entire town is in the process of pulling drywall and carpet out of their homes, and getting insurance assessments (if any—Nashville’s not exactly known as a flood zone), for damaged houses and flooded vehicles.

The locals started taking care of their own, long before the nation realized the extent of the damage—Reba donated $100,000, Taylor Swift donated $500,000, Vince Gill & Amy Grant hosted a 3 1/2 hour telethon on the local NBC affiliate WSMV, raising $1.7 million (in addition to adding $100,00 of their own money, and receiving $300,000 from Nissan). Tons of Nashville musicians are setting up local fundraisers to help their less fortunate brothers and sisters.

But not all is okay in Nashville, nor can Nashville tackle the damage all by itself—Nashville and its outlying neighborhoods are not among the wealthiest areas, and many residents still need your help. Nashville has a large arts community, and for every one platinum act, there are hundreds of other songwriters, musicians, and industry-related workers who have dedicated their lives to Nashville music (and your enjoyment) throughout the decades, who are not as fortunate.

Here’s how you can help:

The Grammy org NARAS has established the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund, and their 12th Annual Grammy Block Party takes place this Tuesday in Nashville, with Darius Rucker, Steel Magnolia, Trombone Shorty and others performing. 100% of every dollar raised will be immediately distributed to help those in the music community that are victims of the flood.

CMT’s One Country charity area links to Hands on Nashville, which list numerous resources for victims and volunteers.

Nashville Musicians Association AFM Union Local 257 has set up a donation area on their site, of which 100% of the donations will go to help their member musicians.

CMA MusicFest is donating 50% of their proceeds to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for flood relief.

Cool People Care is offering “We are Nashville” shirts, the first batch of which sold out in no time at all after Anderson Cooper mentioned them on CNN.

Nashville Humane Association needs tons of support to rescue animals displaced in the floods.

And of course, text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief.