Atlanta Symphony Denied State Funds for New Hall

Classic Arts News   Atlanta Symphony Denied State Funds for New Hall
Georgia governor Sonny Perdue's 2007 budget does not include $50 million requested by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its new hall, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

The ASO had requested a total of $100 million from city and state governments for the proposed $300 million concert hall. In September 2005, in an effort to sway officials, the orchestras released a study claiming that the new hall would generate $2 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years.

But a spokesperson for the governor told the Business Journal that state law requires that the ASO complete all of its other fundraising before the state can contribute. She added that the orchestra could submit its proposal again in a year.

Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin has already said that the city can't afford to make such a major allocation toward the hall.

The orchestra has raised $108 million for the hall, a 2,000-seat auditorium designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The orchestra says that the futuristic building, topped with two swooping "leaves," will become a "postcard image" symbolizing Atlanta.

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