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Nashville On Our Mind: How You Can Support Music City

March 9, 2020
Written by
Cynthia Schemmer

Nashville needs our help after last week’s disastrous tornado. We compiled a list of ways you can support Music City from near and far.

Last week, a devastating tornado hit Middle Tennessee, touching down in Nashville and beyond, causing large-scale devastation and taking at least two dozen lives and collapsing at least forty-eight buildings.

We’ve seen a massive outpouring of love and support for the Nashville music community, as well as those throughout the greater Nashville area. “I’ve been amazed to see the support of friends from other states right now,” says Nashville musician Becca Mancari. “The devastation is truly unreal. But there are a lot of incredible people working really hard to bring supplies and hope to communities.”

We’ve compiled a few ways readers from out-of-state can support Nashville right now, a city that holds a very special place in our hearts. We hope you’ll consider helping in any way you can! #nashvillestrong #nashvilletornado

Fanny’s House of Music

Fanny’s House of Music is a Nashville treasure that has been hit particularly hard by the tornado. “There are a lot of developers circling right now, and that would be devastating to our community,” says Mancari. “We need safe places like Fanny’s!”

 With a mission to be “Nashville’s most comfortable music store,” owners Pamela Cola and Leigh Maples have curated a truly unique array of gear, including oddball vintage electrics, a wide-range of acoustics and basses, and plenty of accessories. They also sell vintage clothing and ephemera, and the store is named after, yes, that Fanny—our Issue 17 cover artists.

“We are humbled by the outpouring of friends and strangers,” wrote the owners in an email to She Shreds. “We have cleaned up most of the debris and the guitars have been moved offsite.  Unfortunately, while we are closed, our normal operational bills still need to be met and we want to make sure our employees and teachers are taken care of.”

Donate to Fanny’s via Paypal or Venmo: [email protected]   

The Basement East

Following a Bernie Sanders benefit on Monday night, where local musicians performed in support of the Democratic candidate, The Basement East, a staple in the Nashville music community, was decimated by the tornado. 

On their website, The Basement East wrote that they are “safe and being well cared for. But so many others are not so fortunate.” The venue set up a donate page to help the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, whose mission is to “support the affected communities and  nonprofits that are helping victims address their ongoing needs.”

Donate to the Basement East / Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund here

To Nashville, With Love

To Nashville, With Love is a charity benefit concert to help the people of Nashville affected by the tornado. Taking place tonight (Monday, March 9) at 7:30PM at Marathon Music Works, the benefit will feature artists including Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Yola, Brandi Carlile, Soccer Mommy, and much more. 

While tickets are sold out, the concert will be aired live on YouTube and local radio station Lightning 100 (WRLT 100.1FM).

Donate to the To Nashville, With Love fund here, and watch the benefit live here.

Gideon’s Army

Gideon’s Army is a grassroots nonprofit with a mission to “act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children.” They’ve set up a website to offer resources and accept donations to help rebuild North Nashville.

“Other parts of town, like North Nashville, which is predominantly African American, has seen little news coverage, which is upsetting, but word of mouth is helping,” says Mancari.

Donate to Gideon’s Army to help rebuild North Nashville here

Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville aims to “meet community needs through volunteerism” and are currently working with the City of Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management to safely deploy volunteers to areas in need of help. 

If you’re in or near the Nashville area and would like to volunteer, visit Hands On’s volunteer page, or read about other ways you can help.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has a  mission to “feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community,” and they need donations now more than ever. Every $1 donated provides 4 meals for those who have been “impacted by the devastating storms now and for the days, weeks and months ahead.”

Donate to Second Harvest Food Bank on their website or by calling 615-329-3491.

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