From The Mississippi Link Newswire
CLEVELAND – A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Grammy Museum was held at Delta State’s Derrall Foreman Golf Course near Highway 8 in Cleveland on Tuesday, June 11.
The event was organized by Cleveland Music Foundation.
Gov. Phil Bryant presented a check for $2 million to the project. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Sen. Willie Simmons were scheduled to speak. Deputy Director of Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles Rita George was also scheduled to address the crowd.
Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell and Bolivar County Board of Supervisors President Andrew Williams were on hand for closing remarks and a reception followed at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni/Foundation House with a live performance from Mississippi natives The Homemade Jamz Blues Band.
The museum is projected to open in the summer of 2015.
The 20,000 square foot facility will showcase Mississippi’s role in shaping American music through the genres of blues and country and feature interactive exhibits.
A student exchange program will be implemented for Delta Music Institute (DMI) students. Opportunities to earn college credit and work with peers at colleges and universities near Los Angeles will be offered to students in the accredited program of music industry studies at Delta State.