Orchestra Secures Town Lease for Lighting

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SoundWaves, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s new rehearsal and performance venue in the Coligny area, soon will have a new performance lighting system thanks to a new lease with the Town of Hilton Head Island.

HHSO leaders secured the $50,000 lease with the town after appealing directly to Town Council after members of the town’s accommodations tax committee — which decides how the town allocates $4.3 million in taxes paid by tourists when they visit the island — granted the orchestra $250,000 for its operating expenses but denied its accommodation tax request for funding for a new lighting system. Mary Briggs, president and CEO of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, asked Town Council to fund the lighting system out of general operating funds and her request was unanimously approved.

Members of the town’s finance and administrative committee said they voted for the lease in part because other community groups are already using the space.