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Country Music Hall of Fame gets $10 million from Country Music Assn.

December 13, 2011 |  2:26 pm

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Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scored an early holiday gift in the form of a $10-million pledge from the Country Music Assn. that will go toward the museum’s ambitious $75-million expansion campaign, officials announced Tuesday. It is the largest single gift in the nonprofit museum’s history.

The Hall of Fame is in the midst of efforts to more than double its size from the current 140,000-square-foot-building to a planned 350,000-square-foot facility that will include an 800-seat performance space called the CMA Theater.

"CMA and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are connected by history and our shared interest in preserving the legacy, rewarding excellence, and advancing the future of the format," CMA Chief Executive Steve Moore said in a statement. “We are proud to support the growth of the Hall and we look forward to using the CMA Theater in a variety of ways that will shine a spotlight on the Country Music industry and format.”

The CMA’s pledge brings the campaign to within $10 million of its fundraising goal. When the expansion plan was announced in late July, museum officials said they already had $56.8 million in donations and pledges in place. The project is expected to be completed early in 2014.


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Artist rendering of the 800-seat CMA Theater that will be part of the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Credit: Tuck-Hinton Architects.