Music mogul Mike Curb, for whom Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business is named, has purchased the property that includes the historic Studio A and Quonset Hut recording studios on Nashville’s Music Row, and his plans for the building include more learning space for Belmont’s music business students. The Tennessean reports today…
Hidden by surrounding office space, it was known as Columbia Studio A going back to the early days of Music Row. The space is connected to the Quonset Hut, a recording studio regarded for years as the foundation of Nashville’s country music industry. In recent years, the space has been hidden by Sony Music Nashville’s headquarters offices.
Curb’s goal is to restore both studios, adding another place for Belmont University students to learn, as well as an additional tourist stop for visitors to discover where music greats such as Brenda Lee, Charlie Rich, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan and Patsy Cline recorded hits.
Restoring Columbia Studio A and the Quonset Hut would still leave empty office space. Curb envisions Belmont using it for classrooms for the Curb College of Music & Entertainment Business.
Music business education has become a large part of the university’s enrollment. Bob Fisher, Belmont’s president, said fall enrollment for music business is 1,200 of the 4,200 total.