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Permanent Canadian music hall of fame proposed

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TORONTO - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has called for proposals, due September 15, 2004, from communities and individuals intent on locating and building a permanent home for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

"We are very excited at the prospect of having a building that will suitably celebrate and commemorate the global success of Canadian musicians, songwriters and publishers," said CARAS president Melanie Berry. "We're convinced that there's never been a better opportunity than right now."

CARAS has maintained a 'virtual' Canadian Music Hall of Fame online since 1998, featuring a comprehensive who's who of Canadian music.

However, the envisioned facility will be a musically-themed educational and cultural entertainment complex featuring a variety of interactive, display, recording, archival, research and live performance components.

At the same time, CARAS is actively working on plans to expand the existing virtual hall through an extensive review of web site options, with an announcement expected later this year.

A committee has been formed by CARAS to review proposals that are anticipated from across the country. The Academy will place a national newspaper ad asking for expressions of interest and preliminary concept plans from any individual, group or municipality in Canada interested in building the facility in their community.

Responses to this initial request by the Academy will be due by September 15, 2004.

CARAS expects to provide proponents with updates and addenda requesting additional information, with an anticipated date for submission of final proposals December 15, 2004.

"We believe the new Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be a profitable and unique tourist destination wherever it's eventually located, and it will enable visitors to truly experience how music is written, created, recorded and produced," said CARAS chairman Ross Reynolds.

The building is intended to be a minimum of 35,000 square feet, and potentially up to 70,000 square feet. The Academy will approve all aspects of the building as well as its operations. On-going exhibit updates will be very important. Applicants will be responsible for facility financing, with no Academy contribution, and will be expected to pay an initial license fee plus ongoing royalties to the Academy. In return, the Academy will assist in promotion as well as acquiring and clearing exhibits.

For more, go to www.carasonline.ca.
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