For the first time cities that would like to take the Georgia Music Hall of Fame out of Macon have been made public.
The potential cities are Albany, Athens, Dahlonega, Dunwoody, and Woodstock. Potential bidders toured the facility that houses memorabilia from the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding and the B’52’s.
The state museum has been steadily losing public funding. Recently lawmakers called for it to become independent and allowed other cities to make a bid to have it moved. Athens Mayor Heidi Davieson came with a large contingency.
“Everybody says oh it’s logical to have put it in Athens and I think that just again, I don’t think that recognizes the rich musical history in Macon. So, I don’t think the position of it was illogical but something about the model, something obviously wasn’t working.”
Macon officials have formed a group of business and community leaders to submit a proposal as well. They say they’re determined to keep the Music Hall of Fame in Macon.