Subsidies

Subsidies Lure Musicians — to Nashville

Why ever would a banjo-strummer go there on his or her own dime?

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Nashville officials worry that the city, which people worldwide refer to as "The Music Capital of the World," has a sudden shortage of creative talent, whether in music, art or literature — so the government must intervene.

One taxpayer-financed agency is offering affordable housing to people who fall below a certain income, provided they are artists and their art meets a certain progressive standard.