Some Georgia legislators are touring the state looking for ways to tap into local music talent. The lawmakers have been talking with people in various cities to get their input on how to put Georgia on the music map. News Channel Six's Dee Griffin attended the meeting held in Augusta today.
While James Brown put Georgia on the map musically, the state's Governor now wants to expand into new territory to hit a high note when it comes to economic development.
Thousands of people around the world know the group Lady Antebellum and its sultry sound, soon they'll know that the majority of Lady A is from right here in the CSRA. A new effort spear headed by state representatives is drumming up information on ways that Georgia can tune into local talent and strike a chord internationally.
Representative Ben Harbin of Evans explains, "we hear about how people will travel to hear music or how they use music to attract industry into a community. We've heard that everywhere we've been and we want to make sure we're not missing anything."
According to Representative Ben Harbin of Evans, music has drawn in an estimated three point eight billion dollars for the state. During the last legislative session, this committee of state legislators was created to delve into ways to identify opportunities to further promote Georgia music and drum up support for local artists. "Mainly how do we help grow that industry that's so vibrant and full. How do we make it bigger?" ponders Representative Harbin.
Part of the committee's plan includes learning ways to sew seeds into young talent that will produce music legends like James Brown who has helped garner Augusta recognition during his life and even after his death. Joe Stevenson of GlueStick Music LLC says, "everybody knows James Brown is from Augusta. I think we could do more there. I think we could do more with Lady Antebellum. I think we could do more with the up and coming artists that are from here. Let's keep our artists here and have partnerships with them."
The committee will now hold a meeting in Atlanta. Then early next year they will gather to come up with ways to put Georgia on everyone's mind when it comes to music.
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