In June the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon closed its doors for good. The state’s music memorabilia collection has been packed up and put into storage at the University of Georgia. Josephine Bennett from WMUM in Macon reports on how Macon’s music community is moving forward.
The Georgia Music Hall of Fame drew some of its biggest crowds of the year during its final weekend. The Macon museum shut its doors on Sunday. Officials say it drew more than 670 people on Sunday after attracting more than 650 people on Saturday. Poor attendance was cited as a reason for the shutdown, and the museum had been averaging fewer than 100 visitors a day.
The newly-formed oversight committee comes to Macon for a tour. The group will report to the governor but has no say on whether the Music Hall of Fame will stay in Macon. Music Hall of Fame scheduled to close at the end of June unless board comes to an agreement with Macon museum supporters.
Negotiations over Macon's bid to take over operations of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame have been extended. The state Music Hall Authority voted 4-3 Monday to allow two more weeks for an agreement with government bodies and foundations that have pledged money to keep the museum in downtown Macon.