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Music Hall announces Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as title sponsor for fundraising concert

News January 24, 2016 Anne Kiley

Last week, news broke that Music Hall’s future is in jeopardy. The whole country is watching as this historic venue strives to preserve its legacy. In nearly a week they have raised more than $930,000 dollars – including the February 12 fundraising event’s title sponsorship by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The fund-raising concert on will feature Chaka Khan along with Jon Barfield & Irresistible, Michael Cooper of Con Funk Shun, Michael Mindigall, Maurissa Rose, Ashton & Rivonne Moore.

As the title sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has made a $50,000 pledge to the matching funds concert in the Vivian Carpenter & Jon Barfield Challenge, supporting Blue Cross’ commitment to cultural diversity, the arts and arts education in Detroit.

“Music Hall is an icon, part of Detroit’s cultural soul,” said Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. “As we see and feel positive momentum around this great city, it is important to step up in times when we have an opportunity to help author Detroit’s success story. This is one of those times for all of us.”

If you haven’t already, please visit www.musichall.org and click on the DONATE TO MUSIC HALL button for easy contributions.

Others who have stepped up to keep cultural diversity in the performing arts and help Music Hall satisfy its creditors include UAW, DTE Energy Foundation, DMC, Lear Corporation, Ford, DMC, ITC and many individuals. With the impending April 30 deadline looming, Music Hall must raise 1.7 million dollars by that date or it will risk falling into loan default, which could close the historic theater.

Music Hall’s President and Artistic Director, Vince Paul says, “We’re so thankful to everyone who’s donated to the cause, and are thrilled to have had such a wonderful response in the first week – but we still have a long way to go! Even the smallest amounts can help us as we move forward with our campaign to save Music Hall.”

The venerable theater was built in 1928 by Matilda Dodge Wilson, and for over the last century was home to the Michigan Opera Theater, The DSO (where the famous Ford Radio Hour show was broadcast in the 40’s), Michigan’s first Cinerama, and hosted names and disciplines as wildly diverse as W.C. Fields, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Marcel Marceau, Gregory Peck, Liza Minelli and Devo.