GRAMMY updates given at First Tuesday
by Paisley Boston
Feb 05, 2014 | 2123 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President of the Cleveland Music Foundation Lucy Janoush said that the GRAMMY Museum will bring sex appeal to the Cleveland area.

The Delta Music Institute hosted Delta State University's First Tuesday event to give an update on the GRAMMY Museum.

Attendees sat in amazement during a brief video presentation that highlighted the significance of Mississippi to the development of all musical genres.

"Mississippi is the cradle for American music," said Director of the Delta Music Institute Tricia Walker.

Mississippi has produced more GRAMMY winners than any other state and seven and a half percent of all Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are from Mississippi.

Janoush said that she is elated to have a hand in such an astounding project because she gets a chance to take part in all of the "fun" aspects of emerging the museum.

"Our museum may be a little smaller than the one in California but it will capture the essence of every musical contribution that has been produced in the wonderful state of Mississippi," said Janoush.

Virtual tours, interactive exhibits and a stage are just a few of many fascinating features that the museum is set to encompass.

"This is the most exciting project that I have ever been involved in. One of my favorite features of the museum is the dance floor — visitors will be able to get dance lessons from James Brown and Usher on a floor that lights up when you move. I can dance about as well as I can walk," she said.

"As a result of the museum, we will see a new hotel come to Cleveland because all of our hotels are already almost at full occupancy rate," added Janoush.

"This is going to make Cleveland into a huge tourist destination. We already have tourist that pass through here looking for Robert Johnson's grave — I don’t know whether they have found it yet or not," she continued.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Project Consultant Allan Hammons gave a brief overview of some of the structural features of the museum.

"This museum is going to be the most sophisticated project in the state of Mississippi. We are 100 percent on the building design and 50 percent sure about some of the other structures inside of the museum," said Hammons.

"It is not going to look like your standard Delta State building — it will have a front porch," he added.

According to Hammons, the GRAMMY committee was inspired to place a front porch on the museum because a large amount of American music derived from the front porch in some shape, form or fashion.

"The GRAMMY Museum in California is getting a little jealous of us right now," said Hammons.

According to Janoush, the Cleveland Music Foundation has a very strong relationship with Delta State University and all of this would not have been possible without the help of the university.

"Delta State has signed a 99 year lease for $1 with the Grammy Museum. When we get the museum open, we will have DMI students interning with us and President LaForge is planning to have an international symposium on Blues in the month of October," she added.

After Hammons and Janoush concluded their presentations, the floor was opened to the audience for a question and answer session.

A member of the audience said that he was a little baffled as to how the Bologna Performing Arts Center would generate revenue after the museum opens.

Janoush said that the BPAC and GRAMMY Museum committee members have a strong partnership and they are currently working on a few future projects.

She also announced that admission for the museum would between $8 to $10 and that the Cleveland Music Foundation is currently accepting donations on behalf of the GRAMMY Museum.

For information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the Delta Music Institute or to make a donation, contact the DMI office at (662) 846-4579 or dmi@deltastate.edu.