From the time he was a candidate for the office, Mayor Karl Dean has made the music industry a priority. In the process, he has made a lasting and far-reaching impact and elevated the visibility of the brand Music City to new heights. As one of his first initiatives to put the music back in Music City, in 2009, Mayor Dean launched the Nashville Music Council -- now known as the Music City Music Council -- as a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau to cultivate a dialogue between the city and music industry businesses and to capitalize on Nashville’s identity as Music City. He serves as co-chair, along with Music Row veteran Randy Goodman.  In addition, the Mayor helped foster a partnership between the Music City Music Council and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to assist startups in digital media and entertainment. Mayor Dean has also made music in the schools a priority with Music Makes Us, the city’s new approach to music education, an attempt to make the music education program at Metro Schools a worldwide leader. Turning his attention to the creative community, Ryman Lofts was created--a 60-unit apartment community opened in 2012, which is the city’s first affordable community designed specifically for artists.  Because Mayor Dean believes you can never have enough live music in Music City, he helped create Live on the Green, a free, live, outdoor concert series on the Public Square. The lineup reflects the diverse array of musical talent in Music City. Another popular live music opportunity the Mayor helped create is Musicians Corner in Centennial Park, a free, weekly concert event for new and emerging artists, singers and songwriters to perform. Inspired by "Speakers Corner" in London to take advantage of the breadth and depth of talent in Nashville, Musicians Corner is a weekly showcase of musical performers and special guests who illustrate the diversity, passion, and fellowship of Music City. He is a graduate of the Leadership Music Class of 2010, and Leadership Music accorded him one of its highest honors in 2012 when it bestowed on him the Brian Williams Ambassador Award.