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The rebirth of legendary Capricorn studio just got easier with $2 million donation

Here’s the plan for the historic Capricorn Sound Studios

Larry Brumley, the senior vice president for marketing communications and chief of staff for Mercer University, talks about the plan for Capricorn Sound Studios and what part Riggs Ward Design will play in renovating the buildings.
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Larry Brumley, the senior vice president for marketing communications and chief of staff for Mercer University, talks about the plan for Capricorn Sound Studios and what part Riggs Ward Design will play in renovating the buildings.

A major contribution will help pave the way for the rebirth of the legendary Capricorn Sound Studios into a complex that is a nod to the past and a space for the future.

The Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will provide $2 million in total funding for the re-opening of the downtown studio. Called Mercer Music at Capricorn, the “heart” of the 20,000-square-foot space will be a 24-hour music incubator with 13 rehearsal rooms, a Mercer University news release said.

The renovated Capricorn studio will feature a restored recording studio, interpretive exhibits, artifacts and digital kiosks with music from Capricorn Records artists. There will also be a new studio large enough for orchestral recordings and live performances, along with office and conference room space.

Mercer is continuing its fundraising efforts for the project to go along with the two foundations each providing $1 million. The project should be completed by the end of 2019, university officials say.

“Mercer Music at Capricorn will contribute to Downtown Macon’s continued revitalization while providing a space that will cultivate the next generation of music talent and enhance the local music scene; draw tourists from around the world; and allow bands and musicians to record in an iconic studio that birthed Southern Rock,” Mercer President Bill Underwood said in the release.

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Capricorn studios, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, was the place where The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie and other rock and soul musicians recorded songs.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Macon’s Capricorn Records.

Mercer Music at Capricorn “will further solidify Macon’s international reputation as a place that has made, and continues to make, important contributions to music and culture,” Underwood said.

Two years ago, Miss America 2016 and Warner Robins native Betty Cantrell and Nashville musician Jonathan Wyndham became the first two artists to have official recording sessions inside Mercer Music at Capricorn.

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