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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Announces $2.5 Million Gift From Haslam Foundation


Gift Establishes Haslam Scholars Program to Provide Free Admission and Expert Classroom Instruction to Cleveland Metropolitan School District Students and Title 1 Schools Statewide


CLEVELAND (August 22, 2019) – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces a generous $2.5 million gift from the Haslam Foundation in support of its education programs. In recognition of the Haslam’s commitment to the Rock Hall, their ongoing support for education and unwavering dedication to students, the Rock Hall established the Haslam Scholars Program. The program provides free admission and expert classroom instruction to Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and Title 1 schools statewide.

“The Haslam’s understand the power of investing in education, arts, and culture and have been a transformative partner in helping the Rock Hall deliver high quality education programs for children throughout the state. We are grateful for their generosity and look forward to reaching more students and supporting educational outcomes,” said Greg Harris, President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Eliminating barriers and providing equal access for admission to all the wonderful musical and educational elements within the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is important to our family,” said Rock & Roll Hall of Fame board member and Browns owner Dee Haslam. “We are excited to create the Haslam’s Scholars Program and help foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of music for students throughout the state of Ohio."

Through this Haslam Scholars Program more students will have the chance to benefit from the Rock Hall’s Rockin’ the Schools programs and experience the power of rock & roll. The programs are on-site, interdisciplinary classes on the history of rock & roll that meet academic content standards. Classes draw on the power of rock to teach students about fine arts, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, and technology. Since its inception, the Rock Hall has reached 350,000 students and continues to reach 19,000 students annually through its Rockin’ the Schools program.

The Haslam Scholars Program is an example of the impact philanthropy has at the Rock Hall. Since 2016, transformative philanthropy has allowed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to undergo an extensive redesign, including a dramatic new Hall of Fame Gallery, the immersive Power of Rock Experience, the all-new interactive Garage exhibit and a massive plaza activation featuring over 100 days of live music in 2019. These and other updates have helped to bring

treasured artifacts to life and have brought new audiences into the museum to connect generations of fans.

These transformations have been embraced by fans, artists and the philanthropic community alike. For the past four years, the number of new visitors who’ve come to experience the Rock Hall has grown at a record-setting pace, more artists and Inductees have engaged with the Museum and private support has grown to the highest levels since the Museum’s opening.

About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit or Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter and Instagram (@rockhall). Long Live Rock!

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