Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Will Expand

Museum will double in size and integrate with Music City Center and Omni Hotel.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has launched a $75 million campaign, "Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here," which will more than double the museum’s space from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet.

The expansion will include a children's gallery, education center including classrooms, practice rooms and recording space, an 800-seat theatre and more. The expansion will integrate the Country Music Hall of Fame with the Music City Center, a new convention facility expected to open in 2013, and the forthcoming Omni Nashville convention hotel; the expansion is expected to be completed in 2014.

Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Ricky Skaggs and Alan Jackson were on hand for the announcement, which was made at Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater. Bill Ford and artist Kris Kristofferson will act as honorary co-chairs on the project, while the capital campaign committee includes industry members Earl Bentz, Mark Bloom, Bill Denny, Mike Dungan, Rod Essig, Vince Gill, Randy Goodman, Keel Hunt, Ken Levitan, Brian O’Connell, Ken Roberts, John Seigenthaler, Steve Turner, Ernie Williams and Jody Williams.

Alan Jackson performed his hit “Chattahoochee” and  “You’ve Been Lonesome, Too,” a song partially written by Hank Williams and completed by Alan; the song will be on the upcoming album The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, which will release Oct. 4.  Ricky Skaggs was on hand to perform the theme song for the project, the Carter Family/Bill Monroe classic, “Working on a Building.” In an ode to the fiddle-loving founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, legendary session fiddler Buddy Spicher performed “Soldier’s Joy.”

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