Well, there you go! Mike Curb, of Curb Records and the Curb Center and of serving on Belmont’s board for ever and ever, says “Belmont has to decide whether they want to be a national recognized university – particularly with their school of music business – or they want to be a church.”
Of all of the people in the music industry who might come forward and take a public stand, Curb is about the last one I expected and, frankly, one of the only people who could single-handedly bring enough pressure on the university to make them change.
And the thing about Curb stepping up and speaking so frankly, saying “that board members are out of touch with the reality of life at Belmont’s school of music business. Many of those students are gay, he said. And no matter what their sexual orientation, Belmont graduates will work with gay colleagues in the music business when they graduate,” is that it not only fires a shot across the bow of Belmont, it turns around and fires a shot down Music Row.
This is no longer just about how Belmont treats gay people; this is about how country music and Christian music treat gay people: Are you a business or are you a church?
That is huge.