Yes we have a NEW Southern Music Hall of Fame & Museum Inc Facebook Page for you to LIKE! Unfortunately either WordPress or Facebook will NOT let you put a link to Facebook Page! So you will have to search for it on Facebook!
Yes we are OFFICIALLY a GEORGIA for profit company now.
Also updating the potential locations for a facility we have decided to not look further at the old Atlanta downtown Macy’s building. We thank them for their interest and hospitality.
Yes we are still looking at several locations in Atlanta.
Will keep you updated!
Yes our co-founder partners John and Don are meeting at the old Atlanta downtown Macy’s building to discuss the possibilities of locating there! Of course we also have two other developers with two other locations that want us to consider their proposals.
We would only need about 7500 square feet to do the proposed video walls, augmented reality and holography. Kids will not spend one minute looking at the cool memorabilia that I loved to see in glass exhibits! Boring!
As you can see it is a MASSIVE space and we certainly would not need any light whatsoever as we need a BLACKED OUT space!
Will keep you updated!
We are pleased to announce that Ed Stone, former VP of Opryland USA has joined as an Adviser. You
can learn more about both Michael Rothschild and Ed Stone HERE.
The five Co-founders of the organization have also been named as members of the newly formed Board of Directors: John Bevilaqua, Ron Rich, Hugh Simpson, Harry Turner and Don Sherrill. You can learn more about each member HERE
This newly formed Board of Directors headed by John Bevilaqua will be meeting with several Atlanta developers that have expressed interest in having the Southern Music Hall of Fame & Museum as an anchor for their projects.
Long time consultant to the co-founders Michael Rothschild has been selected to be on the Board of Advisers.
We noted today that both the Rock N Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame have added “and Museum”. So effectively immediately it shall be:
SOUTHERN MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
Yes, things that we would never expected are finally falling into place!
First, the City of Atlanta seems to be really behind the Hall! Hopefully one of their representatives are going to be at our Southern Music Association meeting October 24th.
We have made contact with Lisa Love, former Executive Director of the now closed Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Lisa now is with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Film & Music and edits the Georgia Music magazine. Lisa supports the Hall!
Atlanta music promoter Dante Gold and son of another world famous music promoter, Gorgeous George, has come on board! He will be at next meeting and hopefully even his Dad.
Herb Cox, a music DooWop legend is on board too! He was the guiding light of the very successful PBS specials on DooWop.
Eddie Ray, the first African American VP of Capitol Records and current Executive Director of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame is on board! The guiding light of the famous annual tribute to Dirty Dancing at Lake Lure, NC is coming to next meeting and wants to play a major role in Hall development and marketing.
Speaking of marketing, another former Coke USA executive Ron Coleman is on board. Ron is also a Silver Buffalo, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Boy Scout. His class of Buffaloes included Bill Gates!
And the list of supporters grows every day!
Yes as you read below you will see what happens when ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS!
HISTORIC day for SMA (Southern Music Association) as many of the movers and shakers of Southern Music met in Atlanta in the offices of the leading entertain law firm in the country, GreenbergTraurig, led by dynamo attorney Joel Katz. Others joined us by a conference call.
First a HUGE THANK YOU to Joel and his staff for making us so welcome! Thanks to his long time friends PR Czar and former publicist for Wolfman Jack and BB King, Dell Long and another marketing genius John Bevilaqua for setting it up.
Joining us in person was former Chief of Staff for Mayor Shirley Franklin, Greg Pridgeon who surprised us all by having the current President of the Atlanta City Council drop by to meet us! Also music legend and member of The Crystals, Dee Dee Kenniebrew; radio pioneer Tom Davis aka Dr. Love; Doo Woop legion and member of The Limelighters Eugene Tompkins; co-founder of Beach Music Association International and author of This Magic Moment Harry Turner; 2011 Ms Senior Georgia and wife of former Artista Records VP Bill Lemmons, Cherilynn Lemmons, TV/video producer Don Sherrill, and two co-founders of Southern Music Hall of Fame, Ron Rich and Hugh Simpson.
Dell Long did her magic and had others join us on a conference call. They included Ed Stone, former VP of Nashville Network and Opreyland; Maggie and Alton Warwick, owners of Louisiana Hay Ride Enterprises; Joe Gilchrist, owner of the famed Flora-Bama beach bar and founder/producer of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival; another pioneer entertainment lawyer from New Orleans, Ellis Pailet and his associate Brandon Frank; former VP of Capitol Records and Executive Director of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Eddie Ray and Diane Pope the guiding light of the legendary Tams.
Greg Pridgeon has agreed to head an exploratory committee to build The Southern Music Hall of Fame in the area of Atlanta’s Centennial Park, which would join the coming College Football Hall of Fame and the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Pridgeon said he does not want to see Atlanta lose this opportunity as he was very involved in trying to get the NASCAR Hall in Atlanta that went to Charlotte.
Brandon Frank, who also resides in New Orleans, made a pitch for his city but co-founder Hugh Simpson said it was Atlanta’s turn as years ago Atlanta also lost The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland.
The group including Frank all agreed with Simpson’s statement and now there will be a major effort led by Pridgeon and Bevilaqua to move the other movers and shakers of Atlanta to proceed to build The Southern Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The next meeting of SMA will be October 23rd.
We will keep you updated as ATLANTA moves forward!
Yes, sadly it appears that my hometown of Jacksonville, FL has also dropped the ball in pursuing having a PHYSICAL Southern Music Hall of Fame. There was a great deal of initial excitement and people were suggesting some great locations.
The ones really interested in working on this project have not been in touch with me for months.
Oh, well. We move on and again look for a home!
However for right now we are going to continue to update this web site with Southern Music News. It just might be that we go back to our TRAVELING Southern Music Hall of Fame under a DOME!