A group trying to start a country music center in Bristol, Virginia, is hiring a North Carolina firm to oversee a $12 million fundraising campaign.
The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance recently selected Sims
& Steele Consulting of Asheville to lead the fundraising drive. The
alliance wants to start a cultural heritage center to highlight the
city's importance to the birth of country music.
The goal includes about $10 million for construction and a $2
million endowment to sustain the operation.
The center would include interactive displays, a performance
theater, classrooms for school groups and a series of exhibits
depicting the performers of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings.
Music historians call those recording sessions the "big bang"
of country music for launching the careers of Hall of Fame
musicians Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Fundraising is set to begin early next year and could take about