MCG: Singing For A Meal? Nashville Wants Its Share!

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Wino’s Wont Need Licences To Beg For Money But Nashville’s Finest Street musician Will Need To

The Music City Ghost [File #30] 2015: I just heard on the news they are going to try to stop pan handling and street musicians from asking for money in downtown Nashville.  One area is so bad they have now posted a police presence from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM to try and control the amount of people on the streets looking for a handout.  The commentator said they are getting more and more aggressive  with their approach to people walking downtown as less and less people tend to carry around cash.  In the distance of 2 blocks it is nothing on the weekends to see 25 or more musicians performing on the sidewalk or alley ways, hoping the folks walking by them will toss some money into their guitar case or tip jar.  If this all comes to be the future of the downtown lower Broadway district it is going to change the entire complexion of Nashville.  The Honky-Tonk District that tourists from all over the world flock to annually will no longer witness some very talented musicians performing on the streets trying to earn a living.  I don’t see how a struggling musician singing his heart out for those that wish to listen can be compared to a Wino begging for change so he can buy another bottle of wine but once again this new legislature is not my doing.  Can it be that the street musician in the very near future will have to purchase a vendors license?  You can sell hot dogs or other desired items to the pedestrians on the sidewalks and it is all legal as long as you display your vendors license.  I suppose it is possible you will soon see a copy of the street musician’s vendors license hanging off the neck of his guitar.

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