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date: 06 June 2020

Country Music Foundation [CMF]locked

  • Rita H. Mead
  • , revised by Diane Pecknold



Nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of American country music. Established in 1964 by the Country Music Association, the two organizations initially shared a single staff, but in 1971, Bill Ivey was appointed director and the foundation became an administratively autonomous entity. In 1998, Kyle Young succeeded Ivey as director. The foundation oversees the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Frist Library and Archive. The hall of fame was founded in 1961, but was housed in the Tennessee State Library until 1967, when the first museum building opened at the north end of Music Row. In 2001, the museum and foundation moved to a new building in downtown Nashville, and by 2010, comprised a staff of approximately 70 scholars, educators, curators, and librarians. In addition to the museum and library, the foundation manages the landmark RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Prints, a historic poster letterpress. The foundation’s education department organizes lectures and demonstrations in schools throughout Tennessee and the region, and the Country Music Foundation Press, in partnership with Vanderbilt University Press, publishes reprints and new works on country music. From ...

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