Say goodbye to Nashville Municipal Auditorium and hello to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
Part of Metro’s Municipal Auditorium Commission’s July agreement to lease space inside the 1960s-era auditorium to the hall of fame –– displaced 20 months ago via eminent domain to make way for Nashville’s new Music City Center –– is a “co-branding” of the facility, which includes a name change.
That name modification, allowing the facility to be known as Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, is subject to Metro Council approval. A bill sponsored by Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, who represents downtown, is up for the first of three votes at the council’s Oct. 4. meeting.
With the name change would come a new exterior sign replacing the existing red one, according to Peter Heidenreich, who performs consultant work for Joe Chambers, the hall of fame’s founder.
The hall, which has leased the space for five years with options for extensions, is required to pay for expenses to remove the existing sign and install a new one. Under its contract with Metro, the hall would have to pay for other cosmetic changes and improvements as well.
“There will be a complete exterior signage change,” Heidenreich said, adding that final designs aren’t complete, but there are conceptual renderings.
“It was important for Joe Chambers to have that because he really wants to re-brand the building,” he added.
The hall’s website, www.musicianshalloffame.com, shows a drawing with the new outside sign already erected.
Previously situated on Sixth Avenue South –– inside the footprint of the still-under-construction convention center –– the hall honors musicians who recorded on various classic rock and roll, country and soul records. Exhibits, among other things, showcase instruments used to record hit tracks.
In July, the Municipal Auditorium Commission voted to lease 35,000 square feet of the auditorium’s lower level to the hall, which Chambers plans to turn into an exhibit hall.
The lease goes into effect Oct. 18. The new hall of fame and museum is likely to open in 2012.