Major Changes Ahead at the Motown Museum in 2019 & Beyond

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The Motown Museum will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the music label all year long in 2019.

The timing of the anniversary couldn’t be better.

The museum is currently trying to raise $50-million-dollars to expand the museum and their campus.

CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper spoke with Robin Terry—the chairwoman and CEO of the Motown Museum—to find out what’s next for this piece of Detroit music history.

Terry says the house that sits on Grand Boulevard was owned by Motown founder Berry Gordy and is where the legendary label got its start.

When they outgrew that little house…Berry Gordy bought up homes, a total of eight, on West Grand Boulevard,” explains Terry.

We have now secured all those homes and are preserving them and restoring them and then adding some new construction behind it. What you will end up with is an exceptional campus that is a celebration of Motown music. It will be an epicenter for all things that are Motown,” she adds.

Click on the audio player above to hear the CEO of the Motown Museum Robin Terry discuss the future of a crucial piece of Detroit music history. 

Image credit: Courtesy of the Motown Museum

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About the Author

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Host & Producer, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.

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