“We have had a dream of turning that property into an arts campus,” Kinsey said. “Having the Georgia Music Hall of Fame here would complement us very well, and we’d complement them very well.”
Representatives of Woodstock drove to Macon with their bid Friday morning, and stressed that the city, though 30 miles from downtown Atlanta, has demographics similar to Dunwoody's. "I don’t think we’re at a disadvantage for size," said Woodstock mayor Donnie Henriques.
The city draws from the same population that attends the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, which drew 100,000 visitors in its inaugural year, Henriques said.
“I think if someone comes to Atlanta to do some sightseeing, and music is one of their things, coming 30 miles north is not a big deal.”
Neither Fulton County nor the City of Atlanta submitted bids to host the museum, according to the hall of fame's website. Fulton Commissioner Rob Pitts criticized the hall of fame authority for failing to notify the county in time to make the deadline, though authority members said e-mails were sent to all county commissions.
Pitts said Fulton County is the logical home for the museum, because of the concentration of tourist dollars there, and suggested the county might create a competing organization.
The hall of fame authority will form an evaluation team that will weigh each proposal based on its conceptual and financial strengths. A key concern for the authority will be the stewardship of the hall of fame's varied collection of Georgia musical memorabilia, including 13,000 recordings, 2,600 photographs, 300 musical instruments and 250 costumes and performance outfits. The collection includes one of Chet Atkins' guitars and wigs and dresses worn by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52s.