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Nashville Movie Funding Concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new documentary about Nashville premiers next month, but there are some questions after discovering the film was paid for by taxpayer dollars.   The film was funded by a federal grant the city received after the 2010 flood. A Tennessee Watch Dog article by Chris Butler brought the story to light, and Fox 17 News looked further into what the money was supposed to be used for.   Butch Spyridon said," We had an opportunity to really tell the 130-year history of the  breadth and depth and diversity of music in this town."   The documentary features 30 artists from Kings of Leon to Vince Gill.   Butch Spyridon , president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp says money for For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville came from an  economic development grant tied to flood relief in 2011.  Music City received about $2 million dollars in the Economic Development Administration grant. According to Spyridon, the city met strict guidelines and approval.  The city invested $100,000 and another $200,000 from the grant was used to produce the film.   Spryidon explained, "It was a federal grant tied to economic development ... but it wasn't for reconstruction, it wasn't for flood mitigation it was for economic development."   Chris Butler said, "The EDA,  I called them and the spokesperson told me that yes this money was for disaster relief and furthermore she said that it's not at all uncommon for the federal agency to give taxpayer money to communities to do with whatever they wish. This flood was 3 and half years ago and I realize to this day that there are still people who are still cleaning up in one way or another."   Spyridon says the city received disaster relief funds, federal aid and assistance related to the flood outside of the EDA grant. The documentary will air nationally and internationally.   Spyridon added, It's good for Nashville, it's good for tourism, good for economic development. All the things it was supposed to do we did. I make no apologies for doing our job and doing it  pretty damn  well. "   The NCVC announced receiving the grant two years ago. All 30 artists in For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville donated their time and music rights.