Songwriters Hall Of Fame To Be Inside Music City Center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced Thursday morning that the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame will be permanently housed in the new Music City Center.
It will be located in the lobby of the new convention center in downtown Nashville, and will feature a small exhibit of songwriting artifacts as well as three 55" touch screens that will allow visitors to access information about the 184 members.
The members' names will be engraved in a special outdoor Songwriters Square at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun, and on the stone steps leading from Fifth Avenue up to the interior display.
Dean called songwriters the unsung heroes of the city's country music industry and called the new Music City Center a fitting space to showcase and honor their creativity.
"There are mayors all over the world who would die to have those types of people coming to our city in droves and that is something we need to celebrate, cherish, and protect," the Mayor said.
The Hall of Fame foundation is responsible for the cost of design, construction, installation, upkeep, repair and maintenance of its exhibit and related premises. They will launch a capital campaign on at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on October 7 to help fund the $675,000 project.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation board chairman John Van Mol said the slogan "It all begins with a song" is a basic truth of the music industry.
The Hall of fame is expected to be complete in time for the opening of the Music City Center in spring 2013.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)