COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM SETS ALL-TIME ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 14, 2013 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2012, museum officials announced today. The 2012 attendance total of 564,777 people is the largest in the institution’s 45-year history.
“We would like to thank our local, national and international visitors for such strong support,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Our attendance revenue last year increased more than 15% over 2011, which was also a record year. Through November 2012, our operating revenues increased by about 9% over prior year, and we expect that number to hold through December 2012. In these challenging economic times, we don’t take this for granted.
“We attribute the strong year to several factors,” Young continued. “We debuted a trio of popular exhibitions: The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country; Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour and Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. We also offered a dynamic schedule of live programs and events. Finally, Nashville continues to thrive as a tourism destination, and we are happy to contribute to and benefit from this. There’s an incredible synergy happening in our city, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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