Nashville Symphony Tries Replacing Budget Line Item With Crowdsourcing

The orchestra intends to record its premiere of new music by Joan Tower this Fall. A 2006 NSO recording of Tower's 'Made in America' won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

The orchestra intends to record its premiere of new music by Joan Tower this Fall. A 2006 NSO recording of Tower’s ‘Made in America’ won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

The Nashville Symphony has a track record of 19 albums and 14 Grammy nominations. But to make its next recording happen,  the NSO is having to scramble for fan support.

Their label, Franklin-based Naxos pays some of the production costs; the orchestra has to cover the rest, and that line item was trimmed from this year’s budget. After all, this is a time when everyone on the payroll is taking pay cuts.

Still, Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero doesn’t consider financial troubles a reason to give up on a new album.

“We are in the business of creating and commissioning and recording the great warhorses of tomorrow. And in that sense we’re giving Nashville, I think, ownership of this music.”

Ownership,and perhaps a producer’s credit. The NSO has turned to crowdfunding website Kickstarter as its Plan B. There doesn’t seem to be a Plan C. But with just 12 days to finish raising about $15-thousand dollars, there’s still a lot of ground to cover.

 

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