ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC PLEDGES $2.5 MILLION TO
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM’S CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
The Academy of Country Music Contemporary Gallery Will Spotlight
Emerging Artists and Current Superstars
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 11, 2012 – The Academy of Country Music has pledged $2.5 million to Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. The museum’s expansion will include the ACM Contemporary Gallery, which will examine modern developments and current trends in country music.
For years, the Academy has been a generous supporter of the museum’s
mission. In 2009, the ACM donated a lead gift of $300,000 to assist with
the institution’s acquisition of four instruments integral to the
creativity and cultural legacies of the late Maybelle Carter, Johnny
Cash and Bill Monroe. The Academy has also provided support for the
institution’s All for the Hall Los Angeles benefits, and the ACM is currently one of the sponsors of the museum’s new major exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. In addition, the Academy has donated usage of their entire photo database to the museum for exhibits and special installations.
“It is the Academy’s honor to help ensure that the history of country
music can be told for generations to come,” said Bob Romeo,
CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “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.”
“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,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.
“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.”
With Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson and Ford
Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford as honorary co-chairs, the
museum launched its Working on a Building campaign in late July
2011; to date, $70 million in cash and pledges have been secured.
Designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects, the expansion is expected to be
completed in early 2014.
About the Academy of Country Music:
Founded in Southern California in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC
(ACM) is a fan-focused artist and industry-driven organization,
providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic
work of ACM LIFTING LIVES, the charitable arm of the
Academy which works to improve lives through the power of music. The
Academy has a rich history in the entertainment industry, having been
founded when Southern California was a hotbed of emerging country music
and when Westerns were a staple of television programing and film
production. Comprised of more than 3,800 professional members
nationwide, the ACM is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more
information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum:
by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit
501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee
in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of
country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With
the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records,
the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B
and Hatch Show Print®. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.