Museum

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum, Restaurant, Banquet Center, Malt Shop and Piano Bar will remain closed for now do to the lack of funding. Grants are now on hold do to the downturn in the economy. Funding is needed for operation and renovations.

The Original Museum

The Original Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum displayed memorabilia of Inducted Vocal Groups and also displayed memorabilia of vocal groups who have had a hit record and/or had made a significant contribution to the world of vocal group music. The greatest vocal groups of the world have either donated or loaned their personal memorabilia and artifacts to the Foundation for display in the museum. Each year additional vocal groups are selected by vote and added to the growing list of Inductees in the Hall of Fame.

The Museum featured over one hundred exhibits of vocal group memorabilia in a grand three-story, 28,000 square foot museum building and the amount of memorabilia continues to grow with each year of Inductions. As new groups are inducted, the collection of memorabilia grows, and so the need for more museum/clubhouse space is required. SEE VIRUAL MUSEUM TOUR

The Foundation has temporarily moved the Inductee’s memorabilia to a clean storage space for safekeeping to later be displayed at the new museum clubhouse building, purchased by the Foundation next to the Columbia Theatre. When financing for renovation of the Sharon, PA attraction becomes available the museum clubhouse will re-open.

IMG_2453Plans for the theater / museum/ clubhouse complex in Sharon, PA have been put on hold indefinitely until financing for the local headquarters is made available. The Foundation has put the museum building, restaurant and bar up for sale out of necessity to assist the Foundation with its debt service. The proper financing could reverse this process and allow for renovation to continue the project in Pennsylvania while continuing its quest for existence in other strategic tourist destinations.

The Foundation has met the matching fund requirement necessary to qualify the Foundation for the $8 million dollar grant allocated by the State of Pennsylvania for the Columbia Theatre. It was reached by tabulating the in-kind services from the artists, Board members and supporters of the project. However, the State of Pennsylvania is not able to make the funds available at this time due to the Pennsylvania state budget deficit of approximately $3.8 Billion dollars.

Virtual Tour of The Museum and memorabilia displays

The Museum

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation proposes that with grant and sponsor funding from selected host cities, through support from their county convention and visitors bureau, state economic and development funds, along with the possible federal stimulus grants, the Foundation could open the museum.

The Foundation is now exploring new locations for the Museum and Clubhouse (See Below). Museums are usually larger and need more funding than Clubhouses due to the consideration of expanding the museum by adding specialty museum building/wings that will present memorabilia related to the various genre of music such as: Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Blues, Gospel, Doo Wop, Big Band, Jazz, Beach Music, and Barbershop/Sweet Adeline. The end result is to create an innovative atmosphere enhancing and transforming the museum locations into tour bus destinations.

Landlord sponsors, financial partnerships and non-profit entities including State, County and City agencies are being considered for museums and clubhouses. Performance venues in metropolitan cities with available museum and/or clubhouse space may be available. Such locations being considered are:

      Las Vegas, NV

 

      Washington D.C.

 

      Palm Springs

 

      Hollywood

 

      Los Angeles

 

    Sacramento, CA

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Foundation is currently pursuing a program to annex The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum and Vocal Group Clubhouse to locations in tourist destination cities throughout the United States and eventually the world. Ideal locations will have an existing tourism, performance venue and a potential museum building or restaurant clubhouse. Admission to the museum may be priced differently by location. Clubhouse locations may choose not to charge an admission. The least expense museum admission should be not less then $5 per adult, $4 per senior or veterans and $3 per student.

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation has proposed the following potential financial structures for building and operating a Museum Annex or Clubhouse.

Foundation Operated Museum

A design model for a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum annex that has been proposed consists of the Foundation receiving grant funding to build and operate the museum annexes. This method of funding would generate funds quickly and make operation of the museum self-sustaining without servicing the reimbursement of loans and investments developing revenue for The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundations local and national effort.

Foundation & Local Non-Profit Partnership Operating The Museum

A design model a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum annex that has been proposed consists of the Foundation to partner with a local non-profit organization sharing responsibility and sharing revenue. The Foundation considers partnering with a non-profit for the museum annex in the local city with the city hosting the museum annex. Grant funding, donations and sponsorships would be the desired funding sources to build the museum annex. In the case of a non-profit partnership, the museum admission tickets, bus tours and sponsorships would provide operational funding. Non-profit revenue beyond operational expenses would be shared between the local non-profit host organization and The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation, keeping all revenue within the non-profit organizations. A percentage of the local non-profit proceeds will go towards improvement, development and expansions of the local museum annex. A percentage of the revenue generated by each annex will support the national projects of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. The local hosting non-profit partner would be responsible for the building and initially funding the museum and its start-up operations. This would generate funds quickly and make operation of the museum self-sustaining while developing revenue for The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation national effort. The percentage of participation will be based on the amount of capital funding extended.

Public / Private Partnership Operating The Museum

A design model for a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum annex that has been proposed consists of The Foundation to partner with a for-profit Hotel, Casino, Restaurant or Performance Venue creating a Museum inclusive of Hall of Fame décor and display cases. All funding for the venture including artist performance fees will be the responsibility of the financial partner. Most of the income to the museum is to be retained by the financial partner to compensate for the capital contribution. Museum Annexes with for-profit partners would have the partners provide guarantee lease and percentage participation for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation, which would be providing the authentic memorabilia and the artist’s participation and services.

Vocal Group Clubhouse

The concept of a “Vocal Group Clubhouse” has never before existed. A safe, comfortable, intimate place to
share and relive memories and life experiences, where vocal groups, from the nearly retired, or legendary groups, to the new, younger and currently active groups, may come to entertain, relax, reminisce and participate in meeting and greetings with their fans who all have similar interests and a common goal of
making beautiful harmonic vocal group music and sharing the memories of their lives at an intimate piano bar type venue. More sophisticated hard ticket special events and concerts will compliment and enhance the experience in the near by or attached venue while helping to promote the Clubhouse.

The Clubhouse (A Soft Rock Café style restaurant) will display a smaller version of the Inductee’s memorabilia in a live museum atmosphere where Inductees perform in an intimate piano bar restaurant, nightclub atmosphere for fans and the general public to enjoy musical memories and become aware of the influence vocal groups have made in making Americas music. The Vocal Group Clubhouse will promote the Inductees musical legacy throughout the world at designated locations designed to attract tourist.

Vocal Group Clubhouses are considered in preferred locations with for-profit partners providing secured funds leasing Vocal Group Hall of Fame memorabilia displayed similar to that of a “Hard Rock Cafe'” with out museum admission. The restaurant may be contracted as a concessionaire lease holder requiring them to lease the memorabilia from the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. The Foundation is to be guaranteed a lease payment and percentage for providing the authentic memorabilia. The financial partner for the Clubhouse leases the museum memorabilia. Memorabilia may be displayed in a “Soft Rock Cafe” type environment complimented with a piano bar and paid performances by the Inductees. Hard Ticket Concerts may also be part of the annex paying inductees to perform their full shows.

Foundation Operated Club House

A design model for a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum annex that has been proposed consists of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation, a 501©3 Non-profit Foundation receiving grant funding to build and operate the Vocal Group Clubhouse. The restaurant may be contracted as a concessionaire lease holder requiring the concessionaire to lease the memorabilia from the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation.

Foundation & Local Non-Profit Partnership

Operating a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Clubhouse

A non-profit organization in the local city will be hosting the clubhouse. Grant funding, donations and sponsorships would be the desired funding sources to build and operate the Clubhouse. In the case of a non-profit partnership the Clubhouse may choose not to require an admission. The restaurant may be contracted as a concessionaire lease holder requiring the concessionaire to lease the memorabilia from the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. Bus tours and sponsorships would provide additional operational funding. Non-profit revenue beyond operational expenses would be shared between the local non-profit host organization and The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation, keeping all revenue within the non-profit organizations. A percentage of the local non-profit proceeds will go towards improvement, development and expansion of the Clubhouse. Revenue generated by each clubhouse will support the national projects of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. The participation percentage is based upon the amount of capital funding.

This method of funding would generate funds quickly and make operation of the clubhouse self-sustaining while developing revenue for The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation’s national effort. The local hosting non-profit partner would be responsible for the building and the initial funding of the clubhouse and its start-up operations.

Public / Private Partnership Operating a Clubhouse

For a for-profit hotel, casino, restaurant or performance venue creating a Vocal Group Clubhouse inclusive of Hall of Fame décor and display cases, all funding for the venture including artist performance fees will be the responsibility of the financial partner. The restaurant may be contracted as a concessionaire lease holder requiring the concessionaire to lease the memorabilia plus a percentage from the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. Most income to the clubhouse would be retained by the financial partner with the for-profit partners providing a guaranteed lease arrangement plus a percentage of revenue to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame for services rendered.

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