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L.A. Grammy director: I’m totally committed to Cleveland museum

By JACK WEATHERLY  Bob Santelli wants to make it perfectly clear: He loves Mississippi and he is totally committed to the Grammy Museum of Mississippi. In fact, Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, was in Jackson on Monday  when he was interviewed by phone. “I’m heading up for a meeting” in Cleveland, Santelli said. Santelli had ...

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L.A. Grammy director cancels trip with gay son to Mississippi museum

MBJ staff and wire reports After the opening of a Grammy Museum in the Mississippi Delta, the first  outside Los Angeles, the California museum’s’ director,  Bob Santelli, said he and his 28-year-old gay son have canceled plans to visit the high-tech facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Delta museum opened March 5 and Executive Director Emily Havens said in a recent interview ...

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Grammy Museum attendance exceeds expectations in first month

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Grammy Museum Mississippi staff expected about 3,500 visitors in the first month after it opened on March 5, said Executive Director Emily Havens. The number was more than 5,000 – in line with the first-year projections of 65,000 for the museum in Cleveland, Havens said. “We’re tracking zip codes, states and countries,” she said. “We’ll start ...

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Dorothy Moore: From Farish Street to the world

By JACK WEATHERLY A woman sat on a stool, microphone in hand, while she and a keyboardist noodled on a song on the “front porch” of the museum. She sounded pretty good. No. Much better than that. They were working on a song, “Misty Blue.” The singer was Dorothy Moore, the Jackson native who made the tune a standard in the recording ...

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Cleveland moving from hospitality to hosting

By JACK WEATHERLY Cleveland will be turning a page in its hospitality handbook to a chapter titled hosting. The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened its doors on Saturday, is expected to attract 30,000 visitors in the first year. That figure, adapted from a study on the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, projected a direct and indirect impact of up to ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Grammy Museum Mississippi opens doors in Cleveland

Associated Press/MBJ staff The technologially cutting-edge  Grammy Museum Mississippi opened here on Saturday under beautiful Delta skies. The nearly $20 million project is an updated version of the original museum in Los Angeles and employs high-definition touchscreens and interactive technology second to none to chronicle American music history from before the first Grammy Awards in 1959 to the present. The bedrock ...

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Grammy Museum to open in March

MBJ staff The opening of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland will be held on March 5-6, nearly four months later than had been planned, according to a news release issued by the museum on Wednesday. The museum announced earlier this month that the scheduled opening on Nov. 14-15 would not happen because of the complexity of the highly sophisticated ...

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Grammy Museum receives $100,000 from Entergy

The Mississippi Grammy Museum has received a $100,000 gift from Entergy Mississippi to support the museum’s operations, education outreach and public programs, according to a news release. The Museum expects to see 15,000 to 20,000 students per year and 80 percent of its focus will be on education, according to Jane Marie Dawkins, manager of education and public programs for ...

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Against all odds, Grammy museum rising in Mississippi

Director calls project most advanced music museum in world By Jack Weatherly CLEVELAND — Why would the Grammy organization pick this town in the Delta to establish its first museum outside of Los Angeles? Emily Havens has some food for thought for you. The executive director of the Mississippi Grammy Museum, which will open in November, says it’s understandable, once ...

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