by Adam Gold
Cited was a recent Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting during which ACVB President and CEO Bob Lander claimed the organization was in discussions with the Americana trade and awareness association to ditch Music City in favor of the Texas capital. According to Lander, Austin is on a shortlist of cities the AMA is considering migrating to — if they even decide to migrate at all.
The news — which breaks on the heels of the AMA's ninth annual conference and awards show in Nashville — would be a cultural and economic red-letter loss for the city, as well as an obvious setback for Mayor Dean’s Nashville Music Council, which strives to compete with other American music meccas like Austin by bolstering Music City’s brand through courting and championing events and organizations like the AMAs.
At press time, neither the AMA nor the Music Council have opted to comment on the reported possibility of the move.