Since last November, the doors of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame have remained closed.
It was moth balled as a cost cutting measure over the winter months, when tourism is slow.
Unable to pay its bills, power to the Hall of Fame was shut-off.
“It was zeroed out of the general fund last budget year, so without an operational budget, they were forced to close their doors,” says Dr. Humphrey Lee, President of NorthWest Shoals Community College.
After weeks of negotiating, the Hall of Fame Board reached a lease agreement with NorthWest Shoals Community College that would re-open the doors.
Opened back up to the public and in turn, open to business students at the community college.
“Give them the opportunity to develop the marketing plan for the operation, to try special projects, to try to bring interest. “
Dr. Lee hopes updated displays and new focus on the local music scene will attract visitors to the Hall of Fame.
They plan to open for business on Thursday.
“They will have one of their number one attractions back open, and we all know the spillover effect of tourism, “said Dr. Lee.
NorthWest Shoals hopes to gain the State Board of Education’s permission to purchase the Hall of Fame and its property for future expansion of the college.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be open Thursday through Saturday 11am to 5pm.
Through this Saturday, admission to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be free to the public.