Struggling Music Hall of Fame Entertains Proposals From Other Cities

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The struggling Alabama Music Hall of Fame may be getting another lifeline.

The doors have been closed for months.

However, now other cities are interested in relocating and reviving the museum.  So far Huntsville and Birmingham have submitted proposals to incorporate the museum in their entertainment districts.

“It tells me the product we have, that the exhibits and our history merit attention when a metropolitan area weighs in on this sort of thing,” said Alabama Music Hall of Fame Director, Wiley Barnard

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame  has been plagued with problems.

First the board of directors couldn't pay the electric bill, so the power got shut off.

Then in an attempt to revive the attraction, Northwest Shoals Community College agreed to take on the building and its assets as a business project for students.  However that plan got rejected by the state chancellor for two year colleges.

“I think it`s a plan really worth looking at, obviously the old model hasn`t worked so let’s try something else,” said Barnard.

But even if the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in its current state moves out of the area, the director says a Muscle Shoals music history exhibit will always have a home in the Shoals.

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame director says there is no timeline yet, as to when cities must submit a proposal to be considered or when a decision will be made.

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