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Motown Museum snags $3 million contribution for expansion plans

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Money -- that's what Motown, and the Motown Museum, want, according to the song.

Now it's getting more of it.

The Ballmer Group -- co-founded by former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer and his wife, civic activist Connie Ballmer -- has announced a $3 million contribution to the museum's ongoing expansion fund, which is seeking to raise $25 million to build a state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot facility around its Hitsville USA headquarters on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard.

The Ballmer contribution pushes the drive over the halfway point. Groundbreaking on the project began last September, and construction on the first of four planned phases was able to resume during May after being put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Ballmer Group Executive Director Kylee Mitchell Wells said that, "Motown represents the cultural lifeblood of the southeast Michigan region as well as its legacy of incredible talent and entrepreneurship." She added that the museum reflects the organizations mission to fight poeverty and inequality, particularly racial, in the U.S.

"We're inspired that the expansion will share the story of Motown on a larger scale and welcome new generations of fans, music lovers, budding artists and business leaders from Detroit and around the world," Wells concluded.

The Motown Museum has re-opened after its own Covid-19 break, with reservations now required and pandemic protocols in place. More information and updates at motownmuseum.org.

Web Site: www.motownmuseum.org

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