Nashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s capital campaign, which will finance the institution’s 200,000-square-foot expansion, has reached nearly $78 million, Museum Director Kyle Young announced today. Construction on the nearly $100 million project, which will take the museum’s footprint from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet, took shape in June 2011 and will be completed in March 2014.
Among the new capital campaign gifts are donations from BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee Health Foundation; BMI; City National Bank; the Dugas Family Foundation; the Gretsch family; Carl and Connie Haley; Hospital Corporation of America; the Memorial Foundation; and Will, Jan and Gary Overton.
“We are deeply gratified by the support the museum’s capital campaign has received, with nearly $78 million contributed to date,” Young said. “As we anticipate completion of our expansion—some of the museum’s new spaces will open in October, with the remainder following in the spring—the finish line of our capital campaign is also in sight. While the goal is near, and the fruits of the effort can be seen in the majestic steel beam-, stone- and glass-enclosed-expanse that is redefining the landscape of Fifth Avenue South, we’re not there yet. We want everyone to know that it’s not too late to participate in the campaign; there is still time to become a part of this institution and help secure the future of this great American art form.”
During the silent phase of the capital campaign, which is titled Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, $56.8 million in cash and pledges were secured. More than $48 million of the total came from donors who contributed $1 million or more, including a lead gift of $6.5 million from Steve and Judy Turner. Since the campaign’s public kick-off in July 2011, previously announced gifts of $1 million or more include the Academy of Country Music, the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, the Country Music Association, the Frist Foundation, the Ingram Charitable Fund, Inc. and Taylor Swift.
The expansion, due to be completed in March 2014, will increase the museum’s size from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. The new building will feature the Taylor Swift Education Center, which includes classroom spaces, a learning lab and an exhibit gallery; the ACM Gallery; additional archival storage spaces; the 800-seat CMA Theater; an expanded retail site; Hatch Show Print’s new home; an event hall; and more. The expanded museum will be integrated into a downtown campus with the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel; the museum’s six-floor addition will unite the museum and the Omni Hotel on three levels, allowing the two entities to share space and facilitate visitors’ movements throughout the campus.
The Working on a Building campaign is led by Steve Turner, chairman of the museum’s board of officers and trustees; and honorary co-chairs Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson. For more information about the campaign, or to make a donation, please visit www.workingonabuilding.org.