The Motown Museum in Detroit has received a $3 million gift from the Ballmer Group, the chief philanthropic vehicle of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, ABC WXYZ Detroit reports.
The gift will support a $25 million expansion of the museum, which broke ground in September 2019. When complete, the project, which restarted in May after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature a 50,000-square-foot space that houses interactive exhibits, a performance theater, and a recording studio.
"Motown represents the cultural lifeblood of the southeast Michigan region, as well as its legacy of incredible talent and entrepreneurship," said Kylee Mitchell Wells, executive director of Ballmer Group – Southeast Michigan. "Much of the work we support at Ballmer Group is rooted in racial equity and helping kids and families succeed. The museum's programming and their impressive forthcoming expansion reflect that mission. We're inspired that the expansion will share the story of Motown on a larger scale and welcome new generations of fans, music lovers, budding artists, and business leaders from Detroit and around the world."