The Georgia Music Hall of Fame — the Macon landmark that has amassed relics of the state’s rich musical history, if not the crowds those relics warrant — is in dire straits. According to the authority board that oversees it, if the museum isn’t on its way to raising $225,000 by October, it will close its doors for good Dec. 31.
This seems an unlikely crisis for a music museum in a state that has churned out acts and artists including James Brown, Gram Parsons, R.E.M., Ludacris, Otis Redding, the B-52’s, Little Richard, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers Band, and OutKast. The problem could boil down to one shortcoming: location.
Since opening its doors in 1996, the museum has failed to draw the visitors it needs to survive. Early estimates were that the Georgia Music Hall of Fame would attract 150,000 people per year, says executive director Lisa Love. Instead, the museum has averaged between 25,000 and 35,000.
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