The Country Music Association has pledged $10 million to help finance the expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.
The donation, the single largest ever received by the 44-year-old organization, will be used to pay for renovations that will double the size of the hall of fame to 350,000 square feet.
Announced earlier this year, the $75 million expansion project will triple the existing exhibit space and add additional archival storage, an 800-seat theater and a new educational center that includes a children's gallery, classrooms and a recording studio.
When complete in the spring of 2014, the expanded museum will be integrated into a downtown campus with the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel.
The museum's six-floor addition will unite the museum and the Omni Hotel on three levels, allowing the two entities to share space and facilitate visitors' movements throughout the campus.
The museum announced in July it had raised $56.8 million. This week's CMA donation leaves about $8 million to go, according to The Tennessean.
The Country Music Hall of Fame opened in 1967 with help from the CMA, which created the Country Music Foundation three years earlier to raise money for construction.
The CMA has contributed nearly $5 million to the museum since then.
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- July 28, 2011: Country Music Hall of Fame plans $75M expansion