The Detroit Motown museum announced this week that it received approximately $2,000,000 in donations to help aid in their effort to expand the campus. The addition to the center which educates visitors on the history of legendary artists like Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and more, will be built around the existing museum that includes the original studio that helped launch countless careers as well as the famous “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.
Reportedly gifted was $1.3 million from the Kresge Foundation, $500,000 from The Elaine & Leo Stern Foundation, $225,000 from AARP and $55,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Kresge’s gift specifically supports the development of a public plaza and renovation of three nearby buildings for education and community programs.
These generous contributions are received on the eve of Motown Records’ 60th year in the music business which will be celebrated in 2019.