Next time you pick up a concert ticket or album to hear a singer such as George Strait or Trisha Yearwood, you might be helping some lesser-known country music people.
Their label, MCA, and several other record companies have expressed interest in contributing to building a retirement community similar to what the Screen Actors Guild has for its members in Southern California.A task force sent out 4,000 questionnaires to industry members this week to gauge interest.
"It's not like Johnny Cash or George Jones needs this. They'll always have help," said manager and publicist Evelyn Shriver, a task force member. "It's important for the road musicians and songwriters or executives who didn't make a lot of money."
Among ideas being discussed is a partly subsidized community of apartment houses and cottages with a performance center that would allow young people to learn from veterans.