CLEVELAND -- Organizers are moving forward with plansto try and bring apermanent home for the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museumto downtown Cleveland.
The R&B HOF Museum will be paired with the Gospel Music & Preachers Hall of Fame.
The museum's first induction ceremony was held on August 17 at Cleveland State University. Inductees honored included: James Brown, Temptations, Ohio Players, Little Willie John, Otis Redding, Tom Joiner, Four Tops, Clovers, Martha & the Vandellas and others.
At a news conference Tuesday, organizers, including Fred Wheatt and Lamont Robinson,talked about the importance of enshrining the legends of R&B as crucial to preserving history.
In a presentation, played for the media, organizers say sights are set on transforming an historic building at 2125 Superior Avenue into a permanent home. The organizers say the building's 30,000 square feet will provide the space needed to house an interactive exhibit hall and 360-degree theater both dedicated to the legends of R&B. The R&B HOF Museum will include a walk of fame, gift shop, research center and school of the arts. Housed within the R&B HOF Museum, organizers say, will be the Gospel Music & Preachers HOF as well as the Hip Hop Museum of America.
About $12 million needs to be raised before construction can begin.
Organizers want to turn Cleveland, which already has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Polka Music Hall of Fame into the "music capitol of the world." Other cities are vying for the R&B museum as well.
The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame and Museum currently exists as a mobile exhibit.