The histories of Ford Motor Company and Motown Records are both inextricably linked with the history of Detroit, Michigan itself.
It’s perhaps fitting, then, that Ford and UAW-Ford are lead donors to a future expansion planned for the Motown Museum in Detroit. Together, they’ve agreed to contribute a total of $6 million to the museum, which will help to fund construction of a new performance venue called the Ford Motor Company Theater, as well as a Ford-branded CARaoke Experience, and educational, music, and community programming at the institution. The Motown Museum is located at the former Hitsville USA House and Studio A.
“Motown and Ford Motor Company have wide and deeply connected roots,” said Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin R. Terry. “As two Detroit born brands, they have had – and continue to have today – a transformative and profound impact on creativity and innovation around the world.”
She continued: “We are honored by the commitment that Ford Motor Company and UAW-Ford have made toward this exciting expansion. As the lead donors and committed partners in our vision, their support will help us bring a first class destination to Detroit and the world, and will ensure that this important musical and cultural legacy is preserved and positioned to inspire the next generation of creative and innovative minds.”