I’m from Brooklyn, so this is not a complaint, but why do you host the ceremony in Brooklyn when the hall is actually based in Cleveland?The Rock Hall offered a prepared statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Harris.
Part of it is historical, the foundation started well before there was a museum in Cleveland. They started doing these shows at the Waldorf Astoria, 31 years ago, before there was an idea of where a museum should be.
Part of it has to do with raising money. One of the things we do, like most foundations, especially ones connected to a cultural institution like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is to raise money. To raise money in New York, as Willie Sutton said when people asked him why he robbed banks, that’s where the money is. In the early days, all the record companies were very supportive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they were the ones who were buying tickets and buying tables to raise money that goes into the foundation that we, in turn, use to fund projects at the museum, whether it’s educational programs or exhibits.
We’re just about to begin a major redesign of the museum to upgrade the visitor experience over the next two or three years. We’re funding that to the tune of millions of dollars that we’ve raised.
One of the other things, in Cleveland, they really just came around in the past few years to being able to afford to do the fundraising they need to do for an event of this size. We’ve done it in Cleveland a few times. We’ll be back in Brooklyn next year. After that, we’ll flip every other year between New York and Cleveland.
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