Rocker Jack White and country star Emmylou Harris have been given city official status in Nashville, Tennessee after joining a mayoral list of advisers.
The two stars and Brooks & Dunn singer Kix Brooks have been named to Karl Dean's 46-member Music Business Council. The collective will help to boost business and market the country music mecca as America's 'Music City'.
The council is further acknowledgement of the extent to which Nashville's cultural and fiscal health is inextricably tied to the music that is made there.
A 2006 study showed the music industry had a $6.38 billion impact on Nashville's economy, roughly 20,000 jobs are directly tied to music production and 15,000 jobs are linked to music-related tourism.
The council's first job will be to help solve the city's homeless problem among its struggling musicians.
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