Mayor Announces GRAMMY Gallery Coming to Nashville
Gallery to be Housed at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Interactive Educational Experiences Will be Centerpiece of GRAMMY Gallery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced that the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE plans to open a GRAMMY Gallery in Nashville that will help students experience the process of making music. Interactive stations will engage visitors in the art of songwriting, production, engineering and recording, as well as coach them on how to sing backup, rap and record.
The GRAMMY Gallery will be located at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in the Historic Municipal Auditorium. Joining Mayor Dean at the Musicians Hall of Fame for today’s announcement were Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum; Joe Chambers, founder and CEO of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum; and philanthropist Mike Curb, songwriter, producer and founder and chairman of Curb Records, who has deep connections to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. The program featured a special performance by the Hume-Fogg Academic High School Jazz Knights.
“The GRAMMY Museum’s decision to build a GRAMMY Gallery at the Musicians Hall of Fame is a huge honor and a big win for Nashville,” Mayor Dean said. “There’s no better place than Music City for the GRAMMY Gallery, which explores the history of music’s most prestigious award and celebrates the recording process and everything that goes into making the songs we love. I believe children and adults alike are going to enjoy the interactive experiences the GRAMMY Museum has planned. I want to say a special word of thanks to those involved in this public-private partnership, including our friends at the GRAMMY Museum, Joe Chambers with the Musicians Hall of Fame and Mike Curb, who has been essential to making Music City what it is today.”
The GRAMMY Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership that repurposes an historic city property at a fraction of new construction cost and adds a unique destination and experience for Music City visitors and residents. The city is proposing a $1 million contribution to the not-for-profit Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum for the construction and operation of the GRAMMY Gallery. Private contributors are expected to raise from $500,000 to $1 million to match the city’s funds.
The city’s contribution will come from the Metropolitan Government’s 4% Fund, which is used for facility improvements and equipment purchases. Legislation is expected to be filed on Friday with first reading by the Metro Council scheduled for April 7.
Located on the first floor of the Historic Municipal Auditorium inside the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the more than 7,000-square-foot GRAMMY Gallery will be an interactive, educational experience that ties modern technology with the art of making music.
“An important part of our mission at the GRAMMY Museum is celebrating the creative process of making music,” said Santelli of the GRAMMY Museum. “We are excited to develop our one-of-a-kind interactive experiences at the Musicians Hall of Fame that will explore the intricacies
of the recording process, from beginning to end, in a city where so much great music is made.”
Through educational interactive stations, the GRAMMY Gallery will explore the creative process of making music in a hands-on, immersive environment — from songwriting and producing to engineering, mixing, singing, and rapping. The gallery will explore the role of the DJ and the history of the GRAMMY Awards — the pre-eminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence. In addition, the Gallery will include an exhibit about the history of the GRAMMY Awards and a 3-D view of the making of the iconic gramophone-shaped GRAMMY Award.
With the addition of the GRAMMY Gallery to the Musicians Hall of Fame, the first floor of the Historic Municipal Auditorium will be transformed into 60,000-plus square feet of extraordinary music related exhibits, one-of-a- kind educational opportunities and top-quality event space.
“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.”
The GRAMMY Gallery, along with a significant expansion of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, is scheduled to be open to the public in early August, 2015. With a single ticket, patrons gain admission to both the GRAMMY Gallery and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.
“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.”
The GRAMMY Museum will create, install and service the interactive components of the Gallery, which will be operated by the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.
About The GRAMMY Museum®
Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please call (213)765-6800 or visit www.grammymuseum.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.
About the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
From rock to country, the Musicians Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950s and from every corner of the country. Each section of the museum exhibit space focuses on an important city in the history of American music — including but not limited to Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and, of course, Nashville — and explores each area’s contributions. The museum focuses on the session musicians who may not be well known to the public but played on thousands of iconic albums, from Jimi Hendrix to Hank Williams, and influenced many facets of the industry. An annual induction ceremony and concert honors new members, nominated by the American Federation of Musicians and other music industry professionals, and ensures the continued growth of the Musicians Hall of Fame.