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Rock Hall Gets Biggest Contribution Ever From KeyBank

by VVN Music News Feed

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced a $10 million commitment from KeyBank Foundation. This is the single largest philanthropic contribution ever given to the Rock Hall.

Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shared the news from the stage of the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. Details of the partnership will be announced in the coming months.

"We could not be more excited or more proud to announce this new partnership with the Rock Hall," said Beth Mooney, KeyBank CEO. "At KeyBank, we have made it our mission to create thriving communities and we believe that access to arts and culture is core to that mission. Through this unprecedented gift, we will work to provide greater accessibility for the community and preserve this national icon and regional treasure for future generations."

KeyBank and the Rock Hall have a long and rich history dating back to 1995 when the museum first opened its doors in Cleveland. Since that time, Key has invested significantly in both programmatic and sponsorship opportunities which have included American Music Master Series, the Rock and Roll Couture event, induction weekend, summer concert series and community festivals.

Over the past year, the Rock Hall has made significant changes including the opening of a dramatic Hall of Fame gallery anchored by the new Power of Rock Experience, created with the award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Other updates have brought its treasured artifacts to life with multimedia interactives, live music and programming to bring new audiences into the museum and connect generations of fans.

These transformations have been embraced by fans, artists and the philanthropic community alike. For the past three years, the number of new visitors who've come to experience the Rock Hall has grown at a record-setting pace, more artists have visited and supported the Museum, and contributions from Foundations, Corporations and Individuals have grown to the highest levels since the Museum's opening.

"We are grateful for this monumental support from KeyBank," Harris said. "This generous grant fuels our continued transformation and allows us to amplify our impact on Northeast Ohio.

For KeyBank, this grant is the most recent in a long history of commitments supporting arts and culture in the region. Over the past five years, KeyBank has contributed nearly $40 million to some of Cleveland's favorite icons including the Cleveland Orchestra, PlayHouse Square, Broadway Series, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Metroparks, Great Lakes Science Center, the Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.