About Us

Custodians of Country Music

  • 2019 TN Governor's Arts Award, Arts Leadership

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum exists to preserve, celebrate, and share the important cultural asset that is country music. We're caretakers—dedicated custodians of this enduring art form.

Above, learn more about what we do at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—how we tell this story, invest in our visitors, engage with artists, educate music lovers—and, more essentially, why we do it all.

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection,  recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.

In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Musicvisitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects.  The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens.  Sing Me Back Home is enhanced by several limited-engagement exhibits including Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery offer visitors a hands-on immersion into today’s country music with artifacts from today’s country stars and a series of technology-enhanced activities that allow guests to become “Certified Country.”

In addition to world class galleries, the museum has the 776-seat CMA Theater; the 213-seat Ford Theater; the Taylor Swift Education Center; and multi-purpose event rental spaces in high demand. Other historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include the legendary letterpress operation Hatch Show Print (located inside the museum) and Historic RCA Studio B (located on famed Music Row), Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, where landmark recordings by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and many others were made.

Since 1987, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, certifying that the museum operates according to the highest standards, manages its more than two million-item collection responsibly, and provides quality service to the public. Of the 17,500 museums nationwide, only some 1000 are accredited.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has developed multiple platforms to make its collection accessible to a wider audience.  From weekly instrument demonstrations to its flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music, the museum offers an aggressive schedule of educational programs. The museum also operates CMF Records, a Grammy-winning re-issue label (The Complete Hank Williams and Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970);and CMF Press, a book publishing arm that releases exhibit-related books in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Press and other major trade publishing houses.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Officers and Trustees


Steve Turner, Chairman

E.W. “Bud” Wendell, Chairman Emeritus

Vince Gill, President



Mark Bloom
David Conrad
J. William Denny
Rod Essig
Al Giombetti, Executive Vice President
Ken Levitan
Mary Ann McCready
David Ross, Secretary
Steve Turner, Chairman
Ernie Williams, Treasurer
Jody Williams


Trustee Emeritus
Connie Bradley
Emmylou Harris
Member, Country Music Hall of Fame
Bruce Hinton
Kenneth Roberts
E.W. “Bud” Wendell
Member, Country Music Hall of Fame
Janice Wendell


Legal Counsel
Christian A. Horsnell
W. Michael Milom
Molly Shehan


Earl Bentz
Dave Cobb
Mike Dungan
Vince Gill, President
Member, Country Music Hall of Fame
Randy Goodman
Lon Helton
Keel Hunt
Donna Nicely
Gary Overton
Jim Seabury
Bill Simmons
Clarence Spalding
Chris Stewart
Troy Tomlinson
Jay Turner
Susan Wente
Marcus Whitney
Tim Wipperman


Sarah Trahern, Ex-Officio