The Academy of Country Music (ACM) promised to donate $2.5 million towards the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum’s massive expansion project which will bring the museum from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. The donation is part of the “Working On A Building: Country Music Lives Here” project. As part of the expansion, the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum announced an ACM Contemporary Gallery, which will feature modern events, developments, and culture in today’s country music.
“It is the Academy’ss honor to help ensure that the history of country music can be told for generations to come,” ACM CEO Bob Romeo. “We are able to make this kind of contribution only because of the incredible country music artists who give of their time for Academy charitable endeavors; we can’t thank them enough for the impact they have on our industry.”
The Hall of Fame is very moved by the generosity of the ACMs, explains Museum Director Kyle Young:
“We are deeply indebted to the ACM for this wonderful gift, which will help us continue to fulfill our educational mission and serve our worldwide audience. The genre we chronicle is a living thing, constantly evolving; country music history is being made every day. Great museums must remain relevant, and the ACM Contemporary Gallery will allow us to not only expand our examination and celebration of modern stars, important background players and new developments in the genre, but also to spotlight new artists, trends and issues as they break.”
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. What do you hope to see as part of the expansion?