A few months ago, I was contacted by a journalist who was putting together a special feature on aspiring singers, songwriters, and musicians in Nashville for the Nashville Ledger. The piece was released on January 13th, and many of the comments from my conversation with the journalist made the final cut. You can read the article (though my name is misspelled as 'Scaggs' part of the time) here. Many aspiring music industry folks are quoted, as is one of my colleagues from the Vanderbilt Curb Center's Public Scholars program.
One of the issues we discussed is the lack of affordable housing in Nashville and how that might impact music industry hopefuls' choices and ability to move to Nashville to pursue their artistic and career goals. When the reporter asked what aspirants might do to mitigate the tension between pursuing goals and making a living, I suggested that individuals consider visiting Nashville on a regular basis without moving here to build their network of industry connections before deciding to pick up and move. Taking a long weekend or a week's vacation a few times a year and setting up meetings, showcases, and writing appointments in advance may prove to be a higher impact career choice than moving here and working full time while pursuing artistic goals on the side.