Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mayor Dean's Budget Cuts Trickle Down and End School Music Programs

Metro Nashville school kids are losing free music lessons because the Metro Nashville Arts Commission cut a grant to the Nashville Symphony by 55%. That grant cut was passed on to the symphony partly because the commission had 7% less money to pass out due to the Mayor's budget cuts.

At the same time that money that serves public school music programs is evaporating under Karl Dean's administration, revenue to pay the Mayor's friends in a private PR firm to market a new convention center to otherwise resistant Nashvillians is outstripping the budget line item. Wouldn't it have been great if that $300,000+ McNeely, Pigott & Fox overrun could have gone to compensate the hits to the symphony's free music lessons program?

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