CMA Foundation donates $250K for songwriters hall at MCC

The CMA Foundation will donate $250,000 to help construct the first-ever physical Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, to be located at the soon-to-open Music City Center.

“Songwriters are an important constituency group for the Country Music Association,” Troy Tomlinson, CMA Board chairman and CMA Foundation member, said in a release. “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 will consist of two elements. The actual Hall of Fame inside the Music City Center will feature graphic displays and artifacts as well as a state-of-the-art interactive, digital exhibit. Outside the Music City Center’s Hall of Fame lobby (see image below) will be a “Songwriters Square” complex, consisting of an exterior plaza and stair-step walkway that 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 project will be unveiled when the Music City Center officially opens this summer.

“Honoring the accomplishments of our songwriting community is important to CMA,” said Steve Moore, CMA chief executive officer. “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.”

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