Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky announced Wednesday morning in Owensboro that the state of Kentucky would provide an additional $5 million towards the International Bluegrass Music Center. This will be the last of the money needed to begin construction. It will start later this summer with the hope of being completed in 2017.
“A rebirth is underway in Owensboro, today we prove that rebirth continues,” The Governor explained.
“The board is very grateful to the state of Kentucky; in particular, the Governor and elected Representatives for their tremendous support of our organization and the realization of bluegrass music as Kentucky’s gift to the world.” Rosemary Conder, Chairman of IBMC design committee, said.
This process began in 2012 with the expectation that the Center will contain a new museum, International Bluegrass Hall of Fame, 500-seat concert hall, international hall, teaching rooms, research library, and even a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Ohio River. It will house the world’s foremost collection of bluegrass artifacts, memorabilia, and music recordings.
If you would like to learn more visit their site bluegrassmuseum.org.