Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation, and Allen Hammonds, project consultant, appeared before the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors to discuss the updates to the building as well as what residents and visitors to the museum have to look forward to.
"The weather has been slowing us up a little bit. We've gotten a lot of rain but that big structure in the middle, which will be a sound stage, is being built and once that is done they can lay the rest of the concrete," said Janoush.
"When we first started we needed $15 millions for 20,000 square feet. That changed to 20,000 square feet plus for about $18 million and we've raised over $15 million. The money is coming along very well and we are very appreciative of y'all's financial support," she said.
Janoush added they are hoping to get an EDA grant for phase three, which includes parking and landscaping.
She also said the exhibit fabrication is almost complete and there are plenty of things for the public to look forward to.
"There will be a Mississippi Song Bar where you can go and put headphones on and listen to artists throughout Mississippi. There will also be a Mississippi table, the river will run through the table and you can push a button and learn about different musical artists from Mississippi and their songs as well as who they influenced," she said.
There will also be a large interactive map and recording booths for people to record songs and e-mail the recordings.
"In the song booth you can go in and you're guided by an interactive program and there will be prompts. You could pick a genre or it could be a singer songwriter who is looking for lyrics like Taylor Swift. If it ends up working out it would be a contest and whoever submits the best she'd pick, and you have the opportunity to be a songwriter for a performing artist," said Janoush.
"Bolivar County is about to be married to the biggest brand. It's a really big deal and will put Bolivar County in the map," said Hammonds.
Janoush said they are still accepting donations for the project.
"Anyone can donate. We will accept all donations from one dollar to a million dollars," she said.
To make a donation call Janoush at 843-0033 or mail your tax deductible donation to Cleveland Music Foundation, P.O. Box 490 Cleveland, MS 38732.