More ways to give

Rock & roll belongs to the fans!  

Support the important educational work of the Museum by becoming a member, making a tax-deductible contribution, donating an artifact or volunteering.  

This page details the many ways you can help us preserve rock & roll for future generations. 

Together we will preserve history for tomorrow's rock fans!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that exists to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll.

It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

There are many ways to support the Museum.  

All donations support our mission of preserving and presenting the history and cultural significance of rock and roll.  

A contribution is a great way to recognize a friend who loves music.

Annual Fund

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a place like no other. It preserves the legacy of the music that changed the world and celebrates its significant role in some of the most important social, cultural and political issues in modern history.

The Museum contains the largest collections of rock and roll artifacts, memorabilia and archives in the world. Its collections and exhibits represent nearly every era in the ongoing evolution of popular music, from Elvis Presley to Elvis Costello, Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, John Lennon to John Mayer, the Jackson 5 to U2. In addition to being the home of the world’s best collection of rock and roll artifacts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a leader through its vibrant and diverse educational programs that educate audiences about the importance of the art form and its place in history.

Your generous contribution will help us continue to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music.

Help rock and roll live forever... 

Why we need your support

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum enlightens and educates hundreds of thousands of visitors annually through unique and dynamic exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and a variety of exciting public performances.

As an educational institution, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum faces the same challenges that other non-profits do; it cannot rely solely on admission revenue and store sales to remain on a sustainable financial footing. Donors provide the critical support needed for the museum’s operations, its one-of-a-kind exhibits, its extraordinary educational and community programming, and an enhanced visitor experience.

Help raise the bar at this world-class institution. Your contribution will make a difference!

Gifts of $500 or more will be recognized in our Annual Report and on our Donor Wall. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized within the Rock Hall’s Donor Circle or Corporate Donor Programs. Read on below to learn more about these programs.

 

Annual Fund Contribution Form

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Donor Programs

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The Donor Program provides the crucial financial support needed for exhibitions, programs and performances as we continue to carry out our mission of educating visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and significance of rock and roll music.

In return for your generosity, you will enjoy exclusive perks and privileges. Donors receive complimentary admission, invitations to exclusive exhibit openings, private VIP museum tours, recognition on our Donor Wall and in our Annual Report and more. Additionally, certain levels provide you with the opportunity to purchase tickets for upcoming Induction Ceremonies.

All Donors receive enhanced services provided by the Development staff, who are available to assist you.

Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution helps Rock and Roll live forever!

I want to ensure that the creative art that fuels our spirits, known as rock and roll, is shared with every corner of the world. As a Donor Circle member, who needs a country club?

Dr. Carol Cunningham

Donor Circle Program

We invite you to join the Donor Circle, an enthusiastic and fun group of donors who share a passion for rock and roll music and are committed to our world-class Museum. Individuals are asked to contribute an annual gift between $1,000 and $25,000, an invaluable source of support for our award-winning programs and acclaimed exhibitions. In return, we are pleased to provide you with benefits to deepen your involvement, including:

  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Recognition in the Annual Report and on the Donor Wall
  • A staff-guided VIP tour with a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's Artifact Vault (up to 6 people)
  • Free admission 
  • Subscription to Title Track, the Museum’s official member magazine.

Learn more and become a Donor Circle member.

Corporate Donor Program

Is your business looking for a unique way to provide your staff and clients with entertaining benefits? Consider joining the Museum’s Corporate Donor Program. It’s a great way to provide everyone with an extensive schedule of events and privileges while investing in the Museum’s mission through an annual gift, starting at the $1,000 level. In return for your generous support, you will enjoy the many advantages of being a Corporate Donor, including:

  • A block of guest passes 
  • Recognition in the Annual Report and on the Donor Wall
  • A staff-guided VIP tour with a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's Artifact Vault (up to 6 people)
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Subscription to Title Track, the Museum’s official member magazine

Learn more and become a Corporate Donor member.

Whether we’re arranging a tour for our international visitors or hosting a special event for our clients or employees, the experience is the same - it rocks! And with an annual $100 million economic impact on our region, this world-renowned museum benefits everyone who lives or works in Northeast Ohio.

Lyle G. Ganske, Cleveland

Planned Giving

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Did you know that you can make a contribution to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum regardless of your net worth? You can use a variety of fiscal planning tools including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and even life insurance and 401K accounts. There are often tax advantages for contributions.

Planned gifts benefit a donor by:

  • Establishing a permanent legacy in their name
  • Helping meet charitable goals
  • Reducing income, estate and/or inheritance tax liability

Planned gifts benefit the Museum by:

  • Recognizing the importance of our mission
  • Providing security to meet unforeseen challenge
  • Providing funds to support the operation of the Museum for years to come
  • Assuring excellence in programs and services

Other examples of Rock and Roll of Fame Planned Gifts

(This information is not intended as legal advice; in all cases please consult your financial advisor for specific details.)

BEQUESTS

One of the easiest ways to provide enduring support to the Museum is to include a bequest in your will or trust that names Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a beneficiary.  A bequest is not subject to Federal or state estate or inheritance taxes and is deductible in calculating your taxable estate.  

RETIREMENT FUND ACCOUNTS

Designating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to receive any benefits remaining in your retirement plan or using them during your lifetime to fund a charitable gift to the Museum may effectively reduce the taxes that will otherwise be imposed on those accounts. 

GIFT ANNUITY - LIFE INCOME PLANS

This type of gift is very easy.  You make an irrevocable contribution of cash or marketable securities and in return are paid an income for life. After your death, the remaining principal will pass to the Museum to be used as you have instructed. These gift annuities result in an immediate tax deduction for a portion of the value of the gift. 

CHARITABLE TRUSTS

If you establish a charitable trust to make regular lifetime payments to you and others, you can designate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to receive the remainder, realizing lifetime security and an immediate tax deduction for a portion of the value of the trust. 

TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

Gifts of tangible personal property, such as artifacts and memorabilia, are generally eligible for the same tax benefits as gifts of securities. But, there are special procedures. Please contact the Development department if you are considering such a gift. 

Contact information

Caprice Bragg
Vice President of Development and External Relations
(216) 515-8404
[email protected]

Planned Giving Sample Language

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Naming Opportunities

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By making a significant gift to the Museum, you could be honored through the naming of an area within the Museum or the naming of a Museum program. Spaces in the Museum include the Hall of Fame Theater, the Technology Gallery and the VIP Conference Room. Rock and Roll Night School, Hall of Fame Series, and Rockin’ the Schools are some of the Museum programs that are opportunities. There are also various naming opportunities available at the Library and Archives facility.

Contact information

Caprice Bragg
Vice President of Development and External Relations
216.515.8404
[email protected]

Sponsorship

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Sponsorships are an important component of the Museum’s funding and outreach strategy. Aligning your brand or corporation with the Rock Hall offers exciting opportunities to actually impact your bottom line. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum takes great pride in working with you to develop strategic, results-oriented sponsorship programs that directly support your marketing, branding and sales needs.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame develops customized Sponsorship solutions that range from traveling exhibit initiatives, event production and naming, sweepstakes, exhibit naming, educational events, client hospitality and national promotion development.

Since the Museum opened in 1995 we have enjoyed partnerships with Continental Airlines, AT&T, Energizer, Gibson Musical Instruments, FORTUNE magazine, MBNA, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, f.y.e. – for your entertainment, Activision, MillerCoors, T-Mobile and Mercedes-Benz just to name a few.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about how a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum sponsorship can benefit your company or organization, please contact Steve Dobo at 216.515.1223 or [email protected].

Artifact Donation

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum seeks materials that will help tell the life stories of Hall of Fame inductees, as well as other significant artists. The Museum’s Collection is dependent on donated items. Items are taken on loan for specific exhibit use. The Museum does not purchase items, and cannot give appraisals or estimate the value of memorabilia.

The Museum is interested in

  • rare concert posters
  • handbills
  • show programs
  • some record collections that comprehensively represent one artist
  • records from “roots music” artists (pre-1950s gospel, blues, country, folk, bluegrass, R&B)
  • 45 rpm picture sleeves
  • sheet music
  • collections of defunct or foreign rock magazines (i.e. Creem, Trouser Press, NMEMelody Maker, Best…)
  • music business trade magazines (Cashbox, Record World)
  • out-of-print books on rock & roll
  • vintage licensed merchandise

The Museum is Not interested in

  • general record collections from the '60s til now
  • newspaper clippings
  • concert T-shirts
  • drawings, paintings, portraits, sculptures or other rock and roll-related artworks
  • live performance photography

Donations may mean tax deductions that should be discussed with your accountant or tax consultant.

If you have items that you wish to donate or loan to the Museum’s collection, please send the Curatorial Department a detailed list and written description of the items.  Photos are welcome and helpful.

Curatorial Department
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114-1022
[email protected]

Legacy Brick Program

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Your personal message will be engraved on a brick that will be installed in the plaza in front of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Each order includes a replica brick that features your personalized inscription and the Hall of Fame logo along with a Certificate of Authenticity. Additional replicas are available for purchase as well as custom engraved display cases. The logo engraved display cases are a great way to showcase your replica in your home or office.

After your brick has been installed, you will receive a locator map so you can easily find yours when visiting the Museum.

*Order a 4’’ x 8’’ brick installed without a replica brick for a tax deductible gift of $145.

Design Your Brick

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Frequently Asked Questions

Each year, the Museum enlightens and educates hundreds of thousands of visitors through dynamic exhibits, award-winning education programs and a variety of exciting public performances. Your contribution provides vital support for these initiatives and is partially tax deductible.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

Rock Hall License Plates

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Ohio residents can support the Museum and show their pride by purchasing a Rock Hall license plate.  

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles now has Rock Hall specialty license plates available to all vehicles registered in the State of Ohio. These plates feature an attractive icon of the Museum that shows off your pride in the Rock Hall.

The plates may be purchased at www.oplates.com. Simply click on the Special Plates icon and follow the instructions. You may also purchase Rock Hall plates at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles outlet, when you’re registering your vehicle or any other time throughout the year.

The plates cost only $25 more than the standard registration fee and $15 of that comes directly to the Museum to help support our many programs and exhibits. By purchasing and displaying these license plates, you show your support, help fund our educational programs and exhibits and keep this fundraising tool available to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Click here to purchase your plates now

Combined Federal Campaign

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Active and retired Federal employees, including military, may support the good work of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by contributing to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). 

The CFC is conducted each fall by the Office of Personnel Management in each division.  Simply designate your contribution to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by list CFC Code # 71755.  Please provide your contact info on the CFC form so that we can stay in touch with you.