Culture
9:01 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Bluegrass Center Close to $3 Million Goal

Officials say private fundraising for a planned Bluegrass Music Center in Owensboro is going well.  International Bluegrass Music Museum co-founder Terry Woodward says the drive has received just over 2 and a half million dollars in pledges and expects to reach its $7 million goal. The money will be used to turn an old state office building in Owensboro into a bluegrass center that will include a museum, an indoor theater and outdoor festival seating.

Major fundraising kicked off last August.  Plans include getting $3 million from large donors, $3 million from small donors and $1 million from local businesses. The city of Owensboro will also committed $3 million for the renovation, which is estimated to cost about $10 million.  The City Commission agreed to advance Woodward some funding to help pay for architectural and engineering fees to design the center.