Capital Fundraising Campaign
Update May 2014
The new International Bluegrass Music Center will be located at the very best address in Owensboro, Kentucky. It is on the corner of the main east-west and north-south arteries, fronting on the Ohio River at the center of an $80 million new waterfront park with glittering fountains and gorgeous public spaces.
It is next door to two new hotels and a new convention center. The Hampton Inn and the Convention Center both opened in January 2014; the new Holiday Inn will open later in 2014. In short, the new Bluegrass Center will be the focal point of the City of Owensboro, Kentucky, and the museum will have ongoing support from the City in the form of free rent for 99 years. We have been greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support from donors. In just a few months, we have raised $5 million dollars from Owensboro residents and have $4 million to go.
It is time to take this campaign to the rest of the worldwide bluegrass community so that the only full-scale Bluegrass music museum in the world can move into a 2x larger building, with far more exhibit space, a 500 seat concert hall, an outdoor concert area for 2,000, an expansive gift shop, an international hall, a research library, teaching rooms, and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Banks of the Ohio…
We need your help. Please consider donating to this capital campaign. We owe it to all the terrific bluegrass musicians, now living or gone on, to preserve their great legacy in the manner and style that is befitting their talent and creativity.
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IBMM, incorporated in 1991 as a non-profit arts organization, operated in the 1990s as a small museum open by appointment only. With a grant from the State of Kentucky, IBMM renovated its current facility in Owensboro’s RiverPark Center, expanded its programs, and by 2003 was open year-round as the only museum exhibiting the international history of bluegrass music. Since that time, IBMM has been steadily acquiring an archive of rare and important artifacts and collections– recordings, posters, instruments, and stage attire worn by legendary bluegrass musicians that will preserve and honor this quintessential American genre.
We need space, lots more space, to preserve this collection, allow it to grow, and exhibit it to the public. In pursuit of that goal, in January 2013 the IBMM embarked on the most exciting, most challenging, and most enduring project in its 23-year history — building a gorgeous new International Bluegrass Music Center on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished state office building. This $12 million project will allow IBMM to house the foremost collection of bluegrass artifacts, with concert halls and performance spaces in which to celebrate and present one of the most exciting art forms in all the world: bluegrass music.