Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"In case she gets locked out..." Nuçi’s Space founder Receives Key to Athens

(Photo by Sharon Edwards Athens Banner-Herald)

Oct. 26, 2009

Nuçi’s Space founder Linda Phillips was given an honorary key to the city on Saturday (October 24th) from Athens mayor Heidi Davison. Phillips founded the non-profit support center for musicians after losing her son Nuçi to suicide in 1996.

Phillips received the key in front of a packed house at the Space’s 9th Anniversary Celebration. The crowd included local musicians, family members, friends as well as patients who had benefited from Phillips’ service to the Athens community. The building on Oconee Street near downtown opened its doors in the fall of 2000 and since then has helped over 650 musicians obtain professional counseling for depression.

Mayor Davison commended Phillips for her ability to turn the tragedy of losing her son into the creation of Nuçi’s Space. After 10 years of tireless work, Phillips is retiring from her role as counseling advocate and president of the Nuçi’s Space Board of Directors.

In her time as mayor of Athens, Davison has presented keys to exiting commanders of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, AthFest founder Jared Bailey and the filmmaking team behind “Darius Goes West.”

Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians.

See photos from the 9th Anniversary Celebration here.