Music industry veteran Mark Brown has announced the establishment of the Build Fund for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s Music Row Build. The fund was created after Owner/President of Wrensong/Reynsong Entertainment, Ree Guyer, gave a $100,000 donation.
“I have been blessed to thrive in the Music Business community for 37 years,” says Guyer. “I’m paying it forward so we will have a Music Row Habitat Build forever. If you feel as passionate as I do about the great work that Habitat does, I challenge my Music Row friends to pay it forward too.”
Habitat for Humanity’s Music Row Build was started by Renee Bell in 2003, who then joined forces with Guyer in 2005. Together they helped nine local families purchase affordable homes before it ended in 2012.
“My father was a contractor his entire life. He helped people on many levels, but one way was helping them get into their homes. He instilled the same passion in me,” says Bell. “Habitat gives people hope. When the Music Row Build was started, we wanted to bring the entire music community together to truly change people’s lives. We all know music can change lives, but giving others the opportunity to purchase affordable well-built homes changes lives on an entirely different level.”
Brown brought back the Music Row Build project in 2020.
“When I re-started the Music Row Build, I had two main goals. One was to build one house each year for a deserving family right here in Nashville. And the other was to try to make the Music Row Build sustainable forever. I set a goal of raising $500,000 as a nest egg in the Music Row Build Fund. When Ree made her generous donation, suddenly my goal seemed attainable. Along with Ree, several others have stepped forward and joined our effort. I’m glad to report that we are 25 percent of the way to our goal.”
To make a donation to the Music Row Build Fund, click here.