A California-based entity has paid $5.2 million for the property home to Gibson Guitar Corp.'s U.S. headquarters, according to Davidson County Register of Deeds documents.
The change of ownership hands comes less than a year after the site most recently sold.
Nashville GHC Associates LLC bought the property, which is located off Murfreesboro Pike on Plus Park Boulevard, from an entity led by Gary McDaniel. That entity acquired the property in May 2014 for $3 million.
Gibson leases the space.
The 4,500-capacity Woods at Fontanel amphitheater has snagged two sponsors in the runup to its 2015 summer concert series that will feature John Fogerty and The Doobie Brothers, among others. Carl Black Chevy has signed up to put its name on the venue while Holiday Inn has committed to sponsor the concert series. The hotel company will soon break ground on a 150-room resort that is expected to open in 2017.
SoBro-based The Johnny Cash Museum is slated to open a small Bongo Java coffee shop space by the end of the month.
Bob Bernstein, Bongo Java Roasting Co. founder, told the Post the space will be larger than a kiosk but not as large as a full-sized café.
“This is licensed deal and we will not own the business,” Bernstein said. “It’s similar to our Omni deal. [Musuem officials are making it] to our standards and they will operate. We will get a percentage of revenue and they will buy product from us."
Bernstein said the space will feature a handful of tables and chairs and offer a storefront presence addressing Third Avenue South. He praised museum founder Bill Miller for his work on the cultural attraction.
“It’s exciting to be part of the museum,” Bernstein said. “It’s a very inviting space and a nice tribute to Johnny Cash. It’s cool to be part of the musical heritage of this town.”
From a release:
The “#1 Must Visit Museum for Music Lovers” by Conde Nast’s Traveler, The Johnny Cash Museum teams with Nashville’s oldest and most-honored coffee company Bongo Java to perk up downtown Nashville with the addition of a coffee shop to the museum. Located within The Johnny Cash Museum at 119 Third Avenue South, Bongo Java opening in late February will offer a variety of Bongo Java’s most sought after brews alongside a selection of pastries and gourmet cafe fare.
“My family is thrilled to operate our own Bongo Java at The Johnny Cash Museum,” says The Johnny Cash Museum Founder Bill Miller. “We are all coffee aficionados and we are picky about what we drink. After an exhaustive search, we knew that Bongo would be the perfect choice for us. Bongo Java Founder Bob Bernstein has built a top notch, first class operation which produces an amazing product. We are also very pleased to offer coffee and coffee drinks which are both organic and fair trade. I am confident that the hundreds of thousands of Cash fans from around the world who visit us annually will be as excited about this great coffee as we are.”
As Nashville’s only certified organic coffee company, 100% of Bongo Java coffee is organic and bought directly from small-scale producers. The Bongo World company not only includes its anchor establishment Bongo Java, but also Bongo East, Bongo Java Roasting Co, Fido, Hot & Cold, Grins Vegetarian Restaurant and Fenwick’s 300.
“Bongo Java is excited to be part of this museum that celebrates part of Nashville's musical culture,” says Bongo Java Founder Bob Bernstein. “Over the past 22 years, we have worked to be part of this community by supporting all sorts of non-profit groups and through opening stores in up-and-coming neighborhoods. We now feel fortunate to be part of this new museum that is part of Nashville's growing downtown. And we of course are honored to be part of this tribute to Johnny Cash.”
(Bob Bernstein and Bill Miller)
Independent music label Razor & Tie Music Publishing is targeting a March opening for its new office in SoBro.
Specifically, the New York-based entity home to, among others, Joan Baez, Dave Barnes, Vanessa Carlton, Foreigner, Joe Jackson, P.O.D., Suzanne Vega and Dar Williams will move to a building located at 511 Eighth Ave. S., near the Music City Center Roundabout and Cannery Row. Currently, RTMP operates locally from space on Music Row at 24 Music Square E.
MTLC Building Group is handling the renovations and build-out of the space (see building here in an image courtesy of Google Maps). The building is located next to the structure home to The Film House.
RTMP‘s new Nashville location will be a “hub for artists, songwriters, and producers to collaborate in a creative environment,” according to a release.
The open-floor-plan space will include several recording studios, writer and listening rooms, and a rehearsal space, according to Razor & Tie co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam.
Razor & Tie affiliate Shville LLC paid $1.34 million for the property in December 2014.
Razor & Tie also has a Los Angeles presence.
The U.S. Copyright Office recently published a wide-ranging report on the business of music licensing, calling for major changes to the system. Over at David Ross' Nekst site, John Barker of rights management company ClearBox sums up his takeaways and wraps it up with a call to action.
The report opens with a comment, “The Copyright Office believes that the time is ripe to question the existing paradigm for the licensing of musical works and sound recordings and consider meaningful change.” They also intimate that their proposals be “contemplated together, rather than individually…to create a fairer, more efficient, and more rational system for all.” They are asking for you and me to get on this bandwagon…now… and help create change.
Classical music label Naxos, which runs its U.S. operations out from Franklin, has signed a licensing deal with Pandora that will open up Naxos' full catalog to the streaming audio service's more than 80 million active listeners. Check out more info here.
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