Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 11, 2014

Ann Stewart: ‘My mistake’ Plaza director wasn’t at meeting; Despite debate on funding request, Jennifer Moonsong wasn’t expected to attend

GLASGOW — Ann Stewart, marketing director for the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, said Wednesday that Plaza Theatre Director Jennifer Moonsong was never expected to at the commission meeting Tuesday, when members tabled action on the theater’s funding request for an upcoming event.

“She wasn’t supposed to be put on the Tuesday agenda,” Stewart said. “She was supposed to be put on the July 8 agenda, and it was just my mistake.”

After some debate among board members, action was tabled until Moonsong could answer questions about the theater’s $4,000 funding request for the Nitty Gritty Band’s 80th Birthday Bash.

According to a statement of work, also submitted with the funding request, the theater’s anticipated expenditures, including fees, salaries, advertising, food and lodging would be $23,500. It also said the theater’s anticipated earnings, including sponsorships, contributions and ticket sales, after expenses, would be $14,100.

The debate included discussion about why the Plaza needs $4,000 if it plans to make a profit of more than $14,000, since any excess funds the Plaza collects is to be turned over to the city. The commission decided to delay its vote until Moonsong was present.

“It wasn’t that she just didn’t attend the meeting,” Stewart said. “She just didn’t know she was on the agenda.”

Moonsong spoke to the Daily Times on Wednesday about the questions raised by the commission.

“Plaza Theatre is a business, and like any other business, we are out to make a profit,” Moonsong said. “But we are a city department, and we have to have the city to survive.”

Moonsong said it is the Plaza Theatre’s goal to eventually be self-sustaining, but until then, it sometimes needs the help for funding issues that arise.

The $4,000 requested by Moonsong would help with expenditures for the 80th anniversary of the Plaza Theatre. Proceeds from the event will be allocated to refurbish the Marquee Room at the theatre, Moonsong said.

If the Marquee Room is refurbished, the Plaza will be able to accommodate higher profile entertainers, which will then provide more revenue for the theater, Moonsong said.

“We want the theater to get better and better so we can eventually be self-sufficient,” Moonsong said. “I look forward to speaking with the commission on July 8 about this.”

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