Our Circle Continues

Planned Giving

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is entrusted to preserve America’s musical history for future generations. Through our planned giving program, you can assure permanent security for the Museum’s collection and educational programs. We invite you to make a lasting difference by including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in your estate plans.

Ways to Give

It is easy to support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with a planned gift. Although the options are virtually limitless, we have provided a short list of the most popular ways to give.


By including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in your estate plans with a bequest, you can provide longtime support for the Museum. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Bequests are:

  • Simple. With a few sentences in your will, you can help the Museum for years to come.
  • Flexible. The gift is flexible. You are able to make changes to the terms of the gift during your lifetime.
  • Convenient. The Museum’s suggested bequest language is located within the “Resources” section of our planned giving site.
  • Versatile. You may designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate’s assets, making the bequest contingent on any life event.


Gifts to the Museum’s endowment can be made now or through  bequests. These contributions ensure that dedicated resources are available to meet the needs of our expanding commotion, exhibition schedule, and educational programming.

  • The Museum safeguards a collection of more than 2.5 million items.
  • Through an endowment-specific bequest, you can choose to support an area of the Museum’s work that best fits your interests and intentions.
  • Endowment gifts can be allocated to the General Endowment Fund, Educational Endowment Fund, or Preservation Endowment Fund.

Beneficiary Designations

This opportunity makes it easy to include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in your estate plans.

By completing a beneficiary designation form, you can provide much-needed funds for the Museum after your lifetime.

You may choose to list the Museum as a beneficiary for a variety of policies and plans, including but not limited to:

  • Retirement Plans
  • IRAs
  • Life Insurance

What to Give

When considering an appropriate planned gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, many option are available. The list below includes the most popular types of gifts, but the list is certainly not complete. If you would life to support the Museum with a different type of planned gift, please contact Ben Hall at (615) 416-2008.

A planned cash gift benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an easy and effective way to guarantee our mission for the future. As a Section 501© (3) non-profit organization, we are pleased to offer supporters an option for tax-free giving and wealth management. Please remember that you may choose to designate any specific amount, percentage of your estate, or the residual amount of your estate after other bequests are granted. There is no gift too big or too small.

Publicly-traded, appreciated stock is also a popular gift in estate planning. Like cash bequests, these gifts can be designated to any area of your choice—general support, endowment, or preservation. The transaction is quick and convenient.

Perhaps you would like to honor the Museum with an artifact donation to our collection. The value of your donation is tax-deductible, and your objects will be preserved in our archive for all time. As an accredited museum, our curatorial team is actively collecting for specific time periods, projects, and exhibitions. Acceptance of all artifacts is subject to the curatorial team’s accession priorities.

You may also consider a future transfer of songwriting royalties, whether it’s an entire catalog, portion of a catalog, or a single composition. Not only does your gift generate residual financial support, but it also allows the Museum to be the custodian of songs that help comprise the American music songbook.

The Cindy Walker Society

When you include the Museum in your estate plans, we are pleased to recognize you with membership in the Cindy Walker Society. Members of the group are essential for sustaining the Museum’s success. Membership in the Cindy Walker Society allows the Museum to provide current benefits for donors who recognize the Museum with a future gift.

Benefits include:

  • Invitations to select exhibition openings and receptions
  • Complimentary catalog with the opening of each new exhibition
  • Regular updates of Museum programs and events
  • Recognition on the Cindy Walker Society donor wall
  • Recognition in the annual report

About Cindy Walker

Cindy WAlkerCountry Music Hall of Fame member Cindy Walker (“You Don’t Know Me”, “Dream Baby”, “Cherokee Maiden”) was one of the greatest songwriters of her time. With hundreds of titles to her credit, Walker is revered as a trailblazer and songwriting pioneer. She passed away on March 23, 2006 and willed all of her future royalties to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Because of her generosity, Cindy’s legacy is as everlasting as the songs for which she is famous. With the Cindy Walker Society, we are pleased to honor her generosity and encourage others to be recognized for their support of the Museum’s mission.



For more information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s planned giving program, please contact Ben Hall, Senior Director of Development, at (615) 416-2008 or

For a thorough analysis of your financial situation and tax benefits, please consult with your financial or estate planner.

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