meeting or event.
Following is just a small sampling of music
venues worldwide that can cater to groups.
Country Music Hall of Fame and
Since its inception in 1961, the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum has
endured a relocation and flood, but it still
stands as an invaluable piece of Nashville
“When you visit our acclaimed museum
galleries, you’ll begin to understand the
universal appeal of country music,” said
Nando Rodriguez, senior director of events,
entertainment and culinary at the museum.
“We are the keeper of countless American
treasures, and our self-guided tour is a walk
through history, one that leads you from
the earliest folk traditions to the music that
thrills millions of fans today.”
Many of the venues can be used for off-
site events, according to Rodriguez.
“The 10,000-square-foot Event Hall, with
soaring 40-foot glass windows overlooking
downtown, provides an unforgettable view
of the Nashville skyline,” he said. “This ven-
ue with a view offers an awe-inspiring space
for receptions, dinners, general sessions,
tradeshows and exhibits.”
The 800-seat CMA Theater also features
versatile space for groups, whether used
for a general session or for entertainment,
replete with live music.
According to Rodriguez, clients can opt
to upgrade their experience with docent-led
tours, scavenger hunts and other interactive
options. The tours end in the Hall of Fame
Rotunda, home of its inductees.
In addition to touring the museum,
groups can utilize the Historic RCA Studio
B recording studio, where more than 35,000
songs, including over 200 Elvis Presley
tracks, were recorded. Private event experiences range from guided tours to songwriter sessions.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,
Making its ceremonious debut in 1995,
Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a
treasure for music buffs, chronicling the
history of rock within its seven floors. Three
out of the seven levels offer event space, as
does its 65,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.
“Groups can do everything in the
museum, including buyouts, lunches and
meetings in a conference room,” said Mike
Detling, manager of sales at the venue. “We
can host up to 2,000 and down to six in a
Confucius once said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” In that spirit, music-inspired experiences and venues can add life to any
THE GROOVE, UNIVERSAL
BY MARLENE GOLDMAN
15 music attractions around the world
double as remarkable off-site venues
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