Motown Museum gets $3M expansion gift from ex-Microsoft CEO’s nonprofit

The Motown Museum’s expansion campaign has taken another notable step toward its $50 million goal.
The Detroit institution announced a $3 million grant Monday from the Ballmer Group, a nonprofit founded by Detroit native, Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie Ballmer.
The museum, situated in Motown’s original headquarters on West Grand Boulevard, said last fall it had raised $25 million, halfway to the target set when expansion was announced in 2016.
The first of four construction phases started in March and resumed in May after being interrupted for several weeks by the coronavirus shutdown. The museum itself reopened to the public July 15.
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The initial expansion phase, dubbed Hitsville Next, is conjoining a pair of buildings on the museum campus to house the Motown Museum’s artistic and entrepreneurial youth programming.
The finished expansion will encompass 50,000 square feet including new exhibit space, a recording studio and a theater.
“Motown represents the cultural lifeblood of the southeast Michigan region, as well as its legacy of incredible talent and entrepreneurship,” read a statement by Kylee Mitchell Wells, executive director of Ballmer Group’s Southeast Michigan arm.