Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation Donate $1M to Detroit’s Motown Museum


The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation today announced a $1 million gift to the Motown Museum to assist with expansion plans. The foundation’s donation will support the development of the museum’s education and community engagement space, which helps share Motown’s legacy with students, neighborhood residents, and visitors.

“This gift will allow us to expand our educational programming and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to harness the power of their own unique talents,” says Robin R. Terry, CEO and chairman of the Motown Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We are grateful for the Foundation’s support as our partner joining other leading foundations in bringing the expansion plans to life.

Announced in Oct. 2016, the Motown Museum’s $50 million expansion will grow the facility to 50,000-square feet. The addition will include interactive exhibits, a performance theatre, recording studios, an expanded retail experience, and meeting spaces. When completed, Motown Museum will provide employment, sustainability, and a world-class tourist destination in Detroit.

Motown Museum was founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards to preserve and protect the history of Motown through authentic and educational experiences. More information can be found here.

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