[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

WAS BITCOIN CREATED BY THIS INTERNATIONAL DRUG DEALER?

Red Flagging Drivers

Conservatives Against Liberty

When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Another shit article from Decktard)

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

In Iran, some take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back

Wilbury Twist

Trump Consiglieres Giuliani and Bolton Paid Big Bucks by MEK Terrorist Group

The Untold Story of Christian Zionism’s Rise to Power in the United States

The Death of Privacy: Government Fearmongers to Read Your Mail

Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing

Nellis AFB security forces anti-terrorism squad commander relieved of duty following 1 October massacre. But why?

Was Jeffrey Epstein a “State Department cut out”?

Trump's Congressional Reform Act

Book: Paul Ryan Slammed Trump for Calling Stormy Daniels ‘Horse Face’

Most Veterans Say Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Weren't Worth It

US Fast-Food Drive-Thrus Will Soon Use License Plate And Facial Recognition Technology

The Death of Privacy

Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People

This Cop Is Getting $2,500 a Month Because Killing an Unarmed Man in a Hotel Hallway Gave Him PTSD

British navy to Iran: Back the hell off

Court Upholds Conviction Of Cop Who Threatened, Beat, Tased, And Arrested A Man For Complaining About Being Beaten By Him Earlier

Megan Rapinoe Drops the F-Bomb to End the Speech: ‘New York City, You’re the Motherf—-ing Best’

Flashback: Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Sent Bill Clinton $3.5 Million From Secret Swiss Bank Account

The President’s Son Was ATTACKED While With Friends In Chicago — Secret Service SWARM!

Why Baseballs Are Flying in 2019

Bouton, ex-Yankee and 'Ball Four' author, dies

Anderson Cooper Giddily Tells Megan Rapinoe He Wants to ‘Hang out’ with Her

Americans Shocked to Find Their Rights Literally Vanish at U.S. Airports

Bombshell: Alex Acosta Reportedly Claimed Jeffrey Epstein "Belonged To Intelligence"

HILLARY RELEGATED TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY

Greg Abbott Is About to Make Austin Regret Its Desire to Become Like California In Its Homeless Problem

Trump defends Home Depot co-founder after shoppers threaten boycott

The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America’s Power Elite

Jeffrey Epstein's Wikipedia Page Stealth-Edited To Remove Ties To Democrats

How socialism violates all Ten Commandments

Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Driveway

Daily marijuana use increasing among young adults

Despite Legalization, Adolescent Marijuana Use Hits 15-Year Low

An Iowa Man Wins His Free Speech Suit After Being Charged for a Facebook Rant Against a Cop

Government Bullies Want to Seize This Man's Home Because of Overgrown Grass

WATCH: Surveillance Video Shows Group Of About 60 Teens Vandalizing, Looting Walgreens On South Street

Why the Earth is actually 100% flat

A Glass of Wine

Michelle Obama Gets Personal: ‘Yes, I Support ... Great Sex at Every Age’

Gen Z Adults Encourage Each Other To Sign Up For Facial Recognition At Music Festivals

Pelosi says Trump is trying to ‘Make America White Again’ with census question

Camera-Shy Antifa Hits Washington D.C.

Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran

Chicago Cops Taser Man Four Times in Front of his Kids for Recording them


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

United States News
See other United States News Articles

Title: 'Music City' Doesn't Want You Making Music at Home
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/archives/2019/04 ... ille-home-recording-studio-ban
Published: Apr 9, 2019
Author: Christian Britschgi
Post Date: 2019-04-10 07:08:08 by Deckard
Ping List: *Music*     Subscribe to *Music*
Keywords: None
Views: 80

A Nashville producer challenges the city's crazy ban on commercial home recording studios.

Lij Shaw

Elijah Shaw came to Nashville in the 1990s to study music. At first, that meant spending a lot of time on the road. "The first decade of my career, [I was] traveling all over the place and interacting with major record labels and sort of going where ever work would take me," he says.

Eventually, Shaw built The Toy Box, a soundproofed home studio located in his detached garage. Being able to work at home, he says, allowed him the opportunity to raise his daughter while still tapping into one of the world's best music scenes, bringing stability to an unpredictable business.

"Nashville is one of the few places remaining in the world where some of the very best musicians get together face to face to make music," says Shaw, who has worked with recording artists ranging from Jack White to Wilco to Adele. "That's why I wanted to be here and why I wanted to create a home studio."

But for the last four years, the city of Nashville has been trying to shut that studio down.

In August 2015, Shaw received a letter from the Department of Codes and Building Inspection informing him that his studio was an unpermitted home business and was therefore illegal. Shaw was given two weeks to cease and desist his recording operations or else face daily fines of $50 and potentially be taken to court.

"My heart just dropped completely," Shaw says. "For the next week I couldn't even sleep, like what am I going to do? This is my entire life, this is my everything."

After the letter came a phone call from a code enforcement officer, followed by a home inspection, and then a mounting series of demands from officials. Shaw was told to remove recording equipment from his house, strip his prices and address off his business' website, and take videos of his studio recordings off his YouTube channel. Failure to comply would mean fines and possibly even jail time.

Shaw had violated an obscure provision in Nashville's zoning code that bans home businesses from serving clients on site. The code effectively outlaws his studio and thousands of others like it in a city made famous for its music. As written, it may even prevent home studio owners from inviting fellow musicians into their homes.

He and another local entrepreneur are now suing the city with the help of a libertarian law firm, the Institute for Justice. Their suit claims that Nashville's home business ban is an unconstitutional restriction on the right to earn a living. More than that, the suit is an attempt to protect Nashville's storied music scene from outdated zoning codes that segregate cities into commercial and residential categories while criminalizing the sort of creative spontaneity from which great music is born.

Making Music in Music City

Nashville is home to one of the world's biggest, most successful music scenes. One study found the music industry contributes some $5.5 billion a year to the local economy. The place has played a crucial role in the development of country music, and artists from Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan to Taylor Swift have recorded there, helping give Nashville its famous nickname: Music City.

Over the years, home studios have become increasingly central to this thriving scene. Dave Pomeroy of the Nashville Musicians Association estimates that there are thousands in the city.

"The evolution of technology over the last 20, 30 years has made many things possible that were unthinkable," he says. "So in any music center, home studios are playing an increasing role. In Nashville, I think it's heightened because there is such a high per capita of musicians—perhaps higher than anywhere else in the world."

Yet thanks to local zoning rules, what Shaw and so many others have been doing in their homes is against the law.

Nashville, like almost every city in the country, has what's known as Euclidean zoning, which tries to separate cities into discrete blocks of what activity is allowed to happen there: residential, commercial, industrial, etc.

Most local governments will make some exceptions, so that telecommuters or after-school tutors are able to work from home. This includes Nashville, whose code allows some "home occupations." But the code does not allow paying clients or patrons to visit a home business—no exceptions.

This rule was passed in 1998 as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the city's zoning code. It's also a provision that appears to be unique to Nashville.

"I've seen cities that will allow a certain number of customers per day, but I've not seen anything that makes it illegal to even have a student over for a piano lesson," says Keith Diggs, an attorney with the Institute for Justice. "In that sense it is pretty much the most extreme version of the home business ban that I could imagine."

Story continues HERE (1 image)

Subscribe to *Music*

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com