The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will be permanently housed in the new Music City Center currently under construction in Nashville. Nashville mayor Karl Dean joined Hall of Fame songwriters Wayland Holyfield, Pat Alger and Kye Fleming along with officials from the Music City Center, to make the announcement Thursday.
The Hall of Fame will feature songwriting artifacts as well as three 55” touch screens that will allow visitors to access sound, video and other digital information about the history of Nashville songwriting and all 184 members of the Hall of Fame. The names of Hall of Fame members will be engraved in an outdoor Songwriters Square and on the stone steps leading from Fifth Avenue up to the interior display.
“The music industry is a vital part of Nashville’s unique culture, and songwriters are often the ‘unsung heroes’ of the business,” Mayor Dean said. “This location at the Music City Center is a fitting space to honor songwriters and their creativity, and it gives both local residents and visitors from out of town yet another reason to stop by our new convention center.”
“For the first time in the long history of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, we have the opportunity to have a ‘place’ for the Hall to be, where Hall of Famers, friends and fans can see, hear and learn about the men and women who have literally put the music in Music City,” John Van Mol, chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors, said. “’It all begins with a song’ is a basic truth of the Nashville music industry, and now millions of visitors and millions more around the world will learn about songs and songwriting through the new website that will accompany the Hall.”
The Hall of Fame Foundation will launch a capital campaign October 7 at its annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Early contributions from Foundation Board members, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Nashville publishing companies Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell and Universal among other music industry leaders, have already helped lay the groundwork for construction.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is expected to be complete and open for visitors when the Music City Center opens in the spring of 2013.