Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame will soon house a Grammy Museum Gallery, courtesy of a partnership with music executive and philanthropist Mike Curb, MusicRow has confirmed. The Musicians Hall of Fame is housed within the Municipal Auditorium.
A press conference was held this morning (March 26) at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, where Mayor Karl Dean, Bob Santelli (executive director at the Grammy Museum), Joe Chambers (founder/CEO of the Musicians Hall of Fame) and Mike Curb were on hand to make the announcement.
With 7,000-square-feet of space, the gallery is projected to double the Musicians Hall of Fame’s exhibit space, and to offer attendees an interactive experience to explore various facets of making music, from studio engineering and production, to singing and songwriting. Funding for the project will come via a $1 million contribution from the Metropolitan Government’s 4% Fund, used for facility upgrades, while private contributions are expected to raise up to another $1 million.
“The Musicians Hall of Fame is a diverse multi-genre museum, much like the GRAMMY Museum,” said Chambers of the Musicians Hall of Fame. “Our collection of iconic musical instruments that have been used in the studio and live by some of the greatest musicians in the world, married with the GRAMMY Museum’s state-of-the-art, interactive and educational gallery, will be a great experience for all visitors to Music City.”
“I’ve been proud to work with Neil Portnow and Bob Santelli and to be a part of the Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum with our Curb Gallery, Music Mentoring Program and the Curb Careers in Music Program,” Curb said. “Nashville is fortunate to have a Mayor such as Karl Dean who has the vision to bring the GRAMMY Gallery and the educational programs to Nashville. In addition to the Mayor we’ve had the support of the Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Butch Spyridon and Peter Heidenreich. It is exciting that Joe Chambers’ Musicians Hall of Fame will now be the home for the GRAMMY Gallery and that Joe’s hard work will result in doubling the size of this magnificent Nashville museum.”
In 2013, the Curb Foundation made a $1 million donation to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. In recognition of the donation, the Grammy museum officially renamed its fourth floor exhibition space The Mike Curb Gallery.
In August 2013, the Musicians Hall of Fame re-opened in the Municipal Auditorium, after its former location was torn down to make way for the Music City Center.
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