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    Editorial: Keeping talent home

    The Commercial Appeal -

    Don't tell Memphis Music Foundation president Dean Deyo that musicians can't make a living in Memphis.

    But in the not-so-distant past, there was a perception that unless a musician had a hookup, making a viable living here was extremely tough. That was not a good thing for a city with a world-renowned musical heritage.

    There probably are some who think Memphis is still a tough place for a musician to make a go of it, but the music foundation has been working to change that.

    It is an economic development organization that equips artists with the tools and training to become entrepreneurs and make money by making music. One of the foundation's key tools is its Memphis Music Resource Center, which provides free access to computers, industry literature, meeting spaces and career guidance services.

    A story by business writer James Dowd in The Commercial Appeal Sunday told how the music foundation is successfully meeting the challenge, even though some musicians may be working side jobs to supplement their music incomes.

    The important thing is that the Memphis Music Foundation is keeping young musical talent home, where they can hone their craft in front of appreciative audiences.