Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum’s Christmas May Come In January

In Industry News, Know This, Life Around Me, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Road Musician, Studio Musician, You HAVE to on December 16, 2009 at 5:00 am

“You better watch out… might even cry… you’re gonna pout… I’m telling you why… Music City Center is coming to town.”  That is the song being heard at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.  The proposed Music City Center is in the works to be voted into existence or off the books January 19th of 2010.

“The controversial new $585 million convention center for Nashville, the largest capital project in Tennessee history seems to have the assured support of the Metro Council.  Though the recent unveiling of the project’s long-awaited finance package lacks financing for a hotel, a component viewed almost universally as crucial to the facility’s long-term success, lobbyists and Council members on both sides of the issue all seem pretty confident that the Council, the ultimate arbiter on the question, will approve the so-called Music City Center come the 19th’s critical final vote.”  (The City Paper, December 13, 2009)

Until then, we will have to suffer through the unsettled climate of business owners, city council members, citizens, and music lovers not seeing eye to eye.  The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is just one of the properties attempting to be purchased by the city in preparation for the approval to being construction on the Music City Center.  Local producers, musicians, and industry pros are unhappy with the treatment of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum as it was built in their honor.

Since opening in 2006, the 30,000 square foot museum has inducted a generous list of musical contributors including this year’s list: Chet Atkins, Billy Cox, Dick Dale, Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, Victor Feldman, Paul Riser and the band Toto.  About a year after opening the museum on 6th Ave. South in 2006, owner Joe Chambers learned that he had set down roots in the path of the eminent Music City Center.

The original proposal for the center offered to Chambers has apparently been taken off the table.  “The Hall of Fame’s owner said he’s seen new drawings of the convention center and that the museum is no longer in the plans.”  In the initial plans – the developers promised the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum a home within the proposed center.  That would have kept the facility right in the heart of downtown Nashville.  Needless to say, this has been an unpredictable few years for Joe Chambers.

The design for the lobby of the new Music City Center.

Chambers says the museum property is worth about twice the $4.8 million the city is offering.  “The uncertainty, coupled with the city’s decision to start legal proceedings to seize Chambers’ property — at a price he’s not happy with — has made him nervous about the future and led him to talk to other cities about relocating his facility, ” says Michael Cass of the Tennessean.

We can’t afford to lose a museum of this nature and caliber.  Nashville is called Music City and yet they are shafting a museum established to preserve and honor the history and talent of musicians.  If the deal was offered and withdrawn – shame on the developers for the change of plans.  If the city is low-balling the offer to purchase the property – shame on the city for not wanting to treat others as they would want to be treated.  We will all have to stay tuned in to this issue until the next chapter is revealed on January 19th, 2010.  Until then – God speed and best wishes to the dedicated Joe Chambers who continues to fight for his vision of a hall of fame/museum and for the musicians of this great city.

To read more click the following links:

Musicians Say City Reneged On Offer

Musicians Hall of Fame: Nashville landowners fight eminent domain

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum’s Fate Not Certain

In The Proposed Convention Center In The Bag?

To visit the plans for the center or learn more about the museum, follow these links:

The Music City Center Official Website

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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  1. Sad to say but the City has turned into the ‘Bully on the playground’ with no respect for the history of where we’ve been… or of what we already have… They’re quite happy to bulldoze properties that are worth millions of dollars for a pittance of their actual replacement value… it’s an embarrassment to the name ‘Music City’!!!

  2. And on to the rest of the story… why would we need a convention center when we already have one??? OHHH thats right… the plans are underway to open the ‘Nashville Medical Trade Center’ as early as 2010 ‘to service the needs of the global medical community’ (http://www.marketcentermanagement.com/press/nashville/)… Such an interesting concept… especially since Governor Bredesen’s term is up in 2011… What?? Not familiar with his previous employment history prior to his political life?? Of course I’m sure you knew that he was one of the top contenders to replace Daschle for Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary in Feb 2009, but got passed over by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius… what would make him a top contender for that position anyway??? Well, I’m so glad you asked… after a couple of days of research, wondering why an eminent domain case against the Musician’s Hall of Fame would already be in court PRIOR to the approval of the pending plans for the New Improved Convention Center…. I just felt like there was more than meets the eye on the entire agenda on the ‘Downtown Improvement Plans’…
    Before he was the governor of Tennessee, he made his money in the managed care revolution, founding HealthAmerica, which acquired and ran HMOs. In the late-80s, he sold HealthAmerica to MaxiCare Health Plans, pocketing $47 million in the deal. A few years later, he teamed up with HealthAmerica’s former CFO to form Coventry Corporation, a similarly oriented company, which later merged with Principal Health Care to become Coventry Health Care, which was, until 2007, a Fortune 500 managed care provider (Bredesen was no longer involved)
    and here’s another site which offer’s more concurring insurance info….
    You following where I’m goin’ with this?? Politics… and a current presidential agenda of health care is running our downtown Nashville renovations….. (and I’m not even a rocket scientist!!!)

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