The CMA Foundation has donated $250,000 towards the construction of the first-ever physical Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center. The announcement was made Tuesday during the annual CMA Triple Play Awards and Songwriters Luncheon.
“Songwriters are an important constituency group for the Country Music Association,” CMA Board Chairman Troy Tomlinson said. “For the CMA Foundation to see fit to honor the songwriters in order to preserve the legacy of their work and creative impact on the format, speaks to the very heart of why the CMA Foundation was created.”
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame consists of two elements. The Hall of Fame inside the Music City Center will feature displays and artifacts as well as a state-of-the-art interactive exhibit. ‘Songwriters Square’ will be located in the exterior plaza where the stair-step walkway will be engraved with the names of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members, the year they were inducted, and the title of their most well-known composition. The Music City Center officially opens this summer.
“Honoring the accomplishments of our songwriting community is important to CMA,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “The CMA Foundation’s decision to fund this important initiative is just another example of our commitment to preserving the legacy and recognizing excellence in our songwriter community.”
“We are truly overwhelmed at this lead gift from the CMA Foundation as the ultimate show of respect and admiration for songwriters,” John Van Mol, 2011-12 Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board and CEO of DVL Public Relations & Advertising, said. “It is a big and important exclamation point as we continue to work on securing long-term operating funds so this Hall of Fame can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to outreach to this important constituent group and demonstrate our appreciation for the outstanding talent and undeniable contributions made by our songwriters to the popularity and vitality of Country Music,” Kitty Moon Emery, Chair of The CMA Foundation Board of Directors, said.
CMA created the CMA Foundation in 2011 to provide financial support to causes that are important to CMA and the Country Music community. The group places emphasis on serving the needs of CMA’s core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, support music education, and respond to other needs identified by CMA.