NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The developer says their first order of business is to register this business on the national register of historic places, and with all of the famous music stars on this wall who’s performed here, you can understand why.
Exit/in has been around for more than 50 years. Last week we reported that thousands of people were trying to save the venue from closing and being bought out from a developer.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A community effort to save the historic Exit/In music venue has reach…
The developer Ben Weprin with Adventurous Journey released a statement last night that he plans to preserve the venue, and he says that this has always been the goal.
“Confidentiality was waived this afternoon, so we are now able to speak to the community about our plan for preserving Nashville’s beloved EXIT/IN, which was always our intent for the iconic music venue (the intent was never a hotel or any other use for the space). Our goal and company mission statement is to conserve and preserve while maintaining the health and vibrancy of the communities we invest in. The EXIT/IN is no exception. In fact, the artist community was first to put the need for iconic venue preservation and assistance on our radar. Those conversations are also driving our first action as owners: to add the EXIT/IN to the National Register of Historic Places, so that nobody can ever alter or change the space, as it belongs to Music City. We realize that the delay in our ability to respond has led to dollars spent by hardworking folks, and that’s why we’d like to refund all donations made on behalf of the EXIT/IN, so donors can redirect that money toward other worthy causes. Donors are invited to send a copy of their original donation receipt to the Preserve EXIT/IN GoFundMe to EXITINPreserved@ajcpt.com. As incoming stewards, we thank you for your passion and commitment to this great city. We look forward to seeing the return of live music to its stage.”
— Ben Weprin, Founder of Adventurous Journeys, Nashville, Tennessee.
Telisha and Chris Cobb own the Exit/In. They sent us this statement when they heard the news:
We’re thrilled Ben agrees Exit/In must be preserved. We’ve reached out previously to no avail, but hope he’s now ready to accept our offer to purchase the building and make a profit from selling it to us. A legendary place like this – and what makes it beloved by passionate people on both sides of the stage -- is our people. Exit/In has been our family’s home for 17 years and we can tell you the magic of the Exit/In cannot be bought or sold in a real estate transaction. It’s created by the people. Learning to own and operate a small independent venue is a monumental undertaking, especially for a company best known for building luxury developments. We invite Ben to accept our offer so Exit/In can continue to nurture Nashville creative working class and not become another playground for the elite. The offer to reimburse donors to our campaign is interesting, but we know Nashville’s music community can’t be bought. We’re also glad Ben wants to see live music on Exit/In’s stage. We’re not aware that he has seen a show here, but welcome him in to experience the magic of the place... We’re more committed than ever to protecting Nashville’s creative working class - it’s who we are!
Telisha & Chris Cobb
Last week, over $200K was raised to keep the music forum alive. Music artists in and around the community were worried this Music City staple would no longer be around.
If you donated to the GoFundMe, the developer is offering to pay you back the money you donated.