The Grammy Museum plans to rename its rooftop terrace after Ray Charles to honor the music icon’s legacy and celebrate a two million dollar donation from the Ray Charles Foundation.
Funds from the gift will go towards the museum’s Campaign For Music Education, which launched in October 2022 and aims to expand access to the museum’s education programs including Grammy In The Schools programming.
“As the Grammy Museum celebrates our 15th anniversary, more than ever we are leaning into expanding music education and access to our renowned programs,” says Michael Sticka, President & CEO of the Grammy Museum. “We are incredibly grateful to our partners, the Ray Charles Foundation, for their generosity and investment towards the museum’s Campaign For Music Education, which will help us further our educational mission. It’s an honor to deepen our longstanding relationship.”
“The Grammy Museum embodies the spirit of our mission to empower young people through education,” says Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the museum and help them achieve their goal of expanding music education and fostering a love of music in our next generation.”
The rooftop terrace serves as a resource for the museum and the community. Boasting 180-degree views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign, the space hosts over 150 functions each year.
An official event honoring the terrace renaming will take place on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., ahead of the 66th Grammy Awards. The ribbon-cutting celebration, hosted by Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Jam, will feature a red carpet, cocktail reception, music curation by Grammy winner DJ Khalil and a performance by Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc of Charles’ biggest hits.
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