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$2.5M Expansion Planned For Country Music Hall Of Fame

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Country Music Hall of Fame will get a $2.5 million dollar addition thanks to a pledge from the Academy of Country Music .

Officials from the Academy of Country Music said on Tuesday that the money will be used to expand the museum from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. The new additions to the museum will also include an ACM Contemporary Gallery, which will examine modern developments and current trends in country music.

"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."

Academy of Country Music has previously donated money to the County Music Hall of Fame for the museum's Bakersfield Sound exhibition.

"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."

The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2014.

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