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Music Companies Suffer Damage From Nashville Tornadoes

As Tennessee continues to assess the devastation of several tornadoes that hit the city Tuesday morning, killing at least 24 people and destroying 140 buildings, concert venues and music businesses are beginning to rebuild. While popular concert venue the Basement East saw major damage, many other East Nashville-based music companies are also grappling with the aftermath of the destruction.

Collective Artist Management (whose clients include Clint Black, Sara Evans and Edwin McCain) and Dualtone Records (the label home to the Lumineers, the Lone Bellow, Shovels & Rope and Amos Lee) both witnessed extreme loss. Craig Dunn, vp Collective Artist Management, shared news of the damage with several harrowing pictures on Facebook Tuesday evening.

“Our Collective Artist Management office in East Nashville was in the direct path of the Tornado that hit last night,” he wrote on Facebook. “I was overwhelmed when I saw the devastation and damage to this beloved neighborhood in our great city. My sadness and dismay were quickly replaced by hope and optimism as hordes of volunteers showed up with snacks, water, and two hands willing to help clear debris. I DEFINITELY Believe in Nashville.”

Dualtone, meanwhile, alerted those on social media that the tornado “tore through our East Nashville home.” The label reported, “Our office is totaled but our staff is safe, and even our trusty mascot Bob is safe. Our hearts go out to all our neighbors that lost property, and to the families of those folks who tragically lost their lives. We are #NashvilleStrong and we’ll get through this.”

Dualtone senior vp radio promotion Lori Kampa told Billboard in an email their office “suffered a tremendous amount of damage” and they’re now “looking ahead to what will undoubtedly be a significant rebuilding process in the coming months.” Currently, staff is working remotely and the company is establishing a temporary work space to resume business.

“It’s been an emotional time seeing so much devastation all around us in our neighborhood,” she continued. “Truly, the only description one can find to detail the horrific scenes around us is that of a war zone. But we stand proudly amongst our neighbors here in East Nashville, grateful to call this community home as we’ve watched so many come by to lend a helping hand and offer a kind word or hug. And most importantly, we’re thankful that everyone from Dualtone is safe — many of us not only work in East Nashville but live here as well. We came to learn that two people tragically lost their lives just steps from our parking lot. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and our hearts go out to those who lost their loved ones. That’s when things quickly shift back into focus, realizing that all of the stuff can be replaced, and the structure can eventually be rebuilt — that it’s the safety of the people that make up this company that truly matters.

“Further, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that we’ve received from so many people within the music community. It’s been a humbling experience, for sure. We saw it back in 2010 with the floods, and we’re seeing it again now — there’s a whole lot of love here within the music community, especially right here in Nashville, and we’re so grateful to see everyone coming together to help each other during these great times of need. So there’s much sadness seeing the loss of our current structure standing at 3 McFerrin where so many great memories were made; but we optimistically look ahead to the future with plans to rebuild and we’ll hopefully come through it all stronger than ever.”

This was a point reiterated by John Peets, founder of Q Prime South who manages the Black Keys, Brothers Osborne, and Eric Church. His Q Prime South office on South 11th Street saw extensive damage including lost chimneys that caused a breach in the roof and a handful of shattered windows.