Emmylou Harris, Jack White and Kix Brooks have joined the 46-member Nashville Business Council. Karl Dean, Nashville's mayor, recently put together the council to help the city's prestigious music scene thrive. Comprised of producers, professors, singers, songwriters, agents, publishers and label managers, the council will oversee and advise Dean on issues like the expansion of the CMA Music Festival, the construction of a downtown amphitheater and the cultivation of music education.
Like Seattle's City of Music
Initiative, the Council's formation is an acknowledgement on the mayor's part that music is essential to the city's economy. A 2006 study commissioned by Belmont University and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce showed the music industry has a $6.38 billion impact on the city and creates roughly 35,000 jobs.
Speaking with the Tennessean, Harris said, "There's so much going on here, musically, and we're trying to put a spotlight on that. There are a lot of good people in this community, with lots of good ideas. I'm just saying to the mayor, 'Put me in, coach.'"