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Music City proposal could legalize in-home recording studios

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After 20 years, a popular Nashville musician may be forced to move his basement recording studio.

The city said he is violating codes by running a business out of his home, even though what he is doing is pretty common in Music City. Now, some city leaders want to rethink the rules.

Bryan Cumming has worked with countless artists, producing music in his very own Studio 23.

"I've never made a bunch of noise here. I've just been creating music," Cumming said.

But a recent notice from the city said Cumming's business was operating illegally.

"They said no 'musicians in your house.' It didn't even matter if there was money involved. It's like musical activity is forbidden," Cumming said.

According to Metro Codes, residents can operate a business from their home with a permit. But in residential areas, the permit does not allow patrons or customers.

However, in a city where so many make a living off music, there is a push to change the rule.

Councilwoman Megan Barry is proposing an ordinance that would allow home recording studios for musicians or clients, with off-street parking and current noise restrictions still applying.

The proposal is not the first time the Metro Council has considered a proposal like this. Last year, there was a plan to allow all home-based businesses in Nashville, but that failed. The concern has always been that too many commercial businesses could end up flooding residential areas.

Cumming said he knows if the rule doesn't change he will have to, so he's hoping for the council's support.

"What Megan Barry has done is make a positive definition of a positive activity, instead of avoiding the reality and leaving it unclear," Cumming said.

The council is set to vote on the issue next Tuesday.

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