By Howard Pousner
The lobbyists will look a little different than usual on Tuesday as Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush are among those participating in the first Georgia Music Day at the Capitol.
As Tuesday is officially proclaimed Georgia Music Day by the Senate and House, musicians representing diverse genres and music business leaders will encourage legislators to help the Georgia music industry grow.
The musicians essentially are borrowing a page from Georgia arts leaders, who lobby annually for support for the Georgia Council for the Arts specifically and the state’s arts industry in general. This year’s arts lobbying effort, in fact, is set for Monday and Tuesday, as arts leaders link efforts with the state’s tourism industry for Tourism and Hospitality Day at the Capitol.
The partnership between arts advocates Georgia Arts Network and tourism groups including the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus has been forged in the wake of last year’s move by the state’s arts agency, the Georgia Council for the Arts, to the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s management.
Other musicians appearing during Georgia Music Day on Tuesday include Rolling Stones sideman Chuck Leavell, Mac Powell of Third Day, Corey Smith, Johnny Colt and members of Zac Brown Band and Drivin’ N Cryin’.
The creative industries in Georgia represent 12,768 businesses and generate nearly $29 billion in annual revenues, according to Creative Industries in the South, a recently released report from the Atlanta-based regional arts agency South Arts.