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VOL. 129 | NO. 65 | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Council Defers Action on Music Hall of Fame

By Bill Dries

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The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, launched in 2012, would have a home on Beale Street – specifically in the new location of the Hard Rock Cafe at Second and Beale streets –under a $1.2 million proposal that already has some private financial backing.

Launched in 2012, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame could have a home on Beale Street if funding can be secured from the city.

(Daily News File/Bob Bayne)

The hall of fame now consists of just a website, banquet and other events organized by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

But plans are to move into the Lansky Building on the northwest corner of Second and Beale where Hard Rock Cafe is moving.

Hard Rock Cafe International (USA) filed a $2.5 million building permit for the Lansky Building in January and work crews have been renovating the circa-1904 building, which has 24,512 square feet.

Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum executive director John Doyle said the hall of fame would have a free sublease from Hard Rock in the building and the museum would operate that as well as the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, which would remain at FedExForum.

Doyle talked about the details in a Tuesday, April 1, presentation to the Memphis City Council in which the museum is seeking $250,000 in city funding for the fiscal year to come and another $250,000 in the fiscal year beyond that.

Council members deferred action on the item for more committee discussion to come later this month.

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