The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is seeking to partner with interested parties to build a permanent home for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is seeking to partner with interested parties to build a permanent home for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

CARAS has placed a national newspaper ad seeking interest and preliminary concepts from interested individuals, groups or municipalities in Canada, and has formed a committee to review the proposals. Initial responses are due Sept. 15; final proposals are due Dec. 15.

CARAS has maintained an online Canadian Music Hall of Fame, featuring a comprehensive who's who of Canadian music, since 1998.

The permanent facility is expected to be an educational and cultural entertainment complex featuring interactive displays, recordings, archival research and a space for live performances.

"We believe the new Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be a profitable and unique tourist destination," says CARAS chairman Ross Reynolds.

The Academy is seeking to approve all aspects of the building -- to be a minimum of 35,000 square feet -- as well as its operations. Applicants will be responsible for facility financing and for paying an initial license fee plus ongoing royalties to CARAS. In return, CARAS will assist in promotion as well as acquiring and clearing exhibits.

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