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Ryman Lofts Artist Housing to Begin Accepting Applications Web Site to Open October 8, 2012 for Applicants to Submit Preliminary Information


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) announced today it will begin taking online information from artists interested in applying for apartments at the agency's new Ryman Lofts building on Rolling Mill Hill starting October 8, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Central time. The building is Nashville's first affordable housing development with a preference for residents working in the creative arts.


"The arts greatly contribute to the economy and the culture of Nashville," said Mayor Karl Dean. "We want Ryman Lofts to become a creative community for emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, and we hope it will become a launching pad for new careers."


"Even though Ryman Lofts is still under construction, we've been getting lots of inquiries from artists about the process for applying," said Phil Ryan, executive director, MDHA. "We'll begin the application process this fall, but we anticipate the first tenants will move in during the first quarter of 2013."


Because the building is being financed in part under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and each applicant's eligibility will be determined by both an Artist Committee and by the building's property manager, Freeman Webb, Inc. The Artist Committee will determine if the applicant qualifies as a practitioner of "..the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theater, dance, music or literary arts and do so on a regular and progressive basis.." in order to qualify for the artist preference. Freeman Webb, Inc will conduct rental, credit and criminal background checks on each applicant and determine whether the applicant falls within the guidelines for affordable housing as determined by the applicable federal program.


A panel of experts with experience in the visual, literary and performing arts and crafts will review material submitted by applicants and make a determination of eligibility under the artist preference guidelines. The committee is being led by Randy Goodman, who serves with Mayor Dean as co-chair of the Music City Music Council.


"This is one of the most exciting initiatives to come from the Music Council since its creation," said Goodman. "The vision of Council members like former co-chair Mary Ann McCready and music executives Tim DuBois and Jody Williams speaks to the shared understanding that Nashville and its future will always share roots with the next great writer, performer, painter or musician."


Similar affordable housing projects for artists have been launched in cities like Boston and New Orleans. Ryman Lofts will consist of 60 1-bedroom and 3-bedroom units. The building's construction is scheduled for completion at the end of 2012.


Parties interested in applying for a unit at Ryman Lofts are urged to take the following steps:



 1.  Download and read the Ryman Lofts Housing Application Guidelines posted at www.nashville-mdha.org<http://www.nashville-mdha.org>




 1.  Starting at 9:00 a.m. Central time on October 8, 2012, go to www.rymanlofts.com<http://www.rymanlofts.com> and complete the online information form on the web site. By filling out the form, you agree to allow the property manager, Freeman Webb, Inc to begin a background check using the information you provide.


  1.  Provide digital samples of still images, audio files, video files, manuscripts and supplemental materials as defined by the Ryman Lofts Housing Application Guidelines. You will be provided instructions on uploading your digital samples.


 1.  If you satisfy the eligibility requirements when an apartment unit is available, you will be contacted by representatives of Freeman Webb, Inc to notify you of availability.


Non-artists may also apply for housing at Ryman Lofts, but the applications of non-artists will not be examined unless an available apartment cannot be filled by an eligible artist. Once all 60 units at Ryman Lofts have been filled and a waiting list compiled, the application period for Ryman Lofts will be closed. If you have questions about or need help with the application process for Ryman Lofts, please contact Freeman Webb, Inc at rymanlofts@freemanwebb.com<mailto:rymanlofts@freemanwebb.com>

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