Singer/songwriter Lillian Glanton said Scout Music House would have been a “safe haven” for her to pursue her interests in singing and songwriting and collaborate with peers who have similar interests.
Glanton, the recent West Limestone High School graduate who made it to the Hollywood round of American Idol, is eager to share her experiences with students as part of the Scout Music House project. Athens Arts League is raising money to complete restoration of the iconic red Scout House at 313 West Washington Street and repurpose the empty building into a music venue with a student music lab and cultural events for the community.
A $2,500 anonymous donation through the project’s online campaign at ioby.org has given organizers an opportunity to double that donation for a total of $5,000. Those funds would help with interior renovations including paint, lighting, furniture, and restoring the original stone fireplace into operation.
“On Friday nights, I wasn’t going to football games. I was playing gigs,” Glanton told project organizers earlier this year. “On weeknights I wasn’t going to basketball games, I was writing songs or taking lessons. The Scout House would have been a place for me to explore those interests with others who love music.”
The City of Athens leased Scout House to Athens Arts League with the challenge of turning it into a music venue. Friends of the Scout House Committee is assisting with the project. The goal is to offer a student music lab, house concert area, exhibit area and space for collaborations for songwriting and performing. Students will receive hands-on experience scheduling, marketing and recording house concerts and music workshops. Glanton, award-winning songwriter Roger Murrah and Garth Brooks’ studio drummer Milton Sledge have committed to assist with programs. Sledge and his wife Vickie have also supported fundraising efforts.
Athens Arts League has submitted two grant proposals that are pending review, and local support can assist the League with the grant process.
“The challenge match issued by ioby.org to turn $2,500 into $5,000 would show grantors that our community is invested in this project and supports the need for music opportunities,” said Friends of the Scout House Committee Chair Holly Hollman. “If someone makes a $10 donation through the challenge match, it automatically turns into $20. If a person makes a $50 donation, it turns into $100.”
The deadline to reach $5,000 is June 30.
To support the challenge match, go online at https://www.ioby.org/campaign/scout-music-house-match-challenge. Donors can also write checks if they do not want to donate by credit or debit card. To donate by check, make the check out to “ioby” and note in the memo line that it is for “Scout Music House.” Send the check to ioby, 540 President Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215. All donors will receive a donation receipt from ioby.
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Friends of the Scout House Committee member