Preliminary Requst Form

Thank you for your interest in donating objects to the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame

To be considered for a donation please complete and submit this preliminary request form.

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     We accept Financial and Artifact Donations

    Our mission is to connect people with the experiences & stories of those affected by Rhythm & Blues Music.
    We welcome requests for Item Donations please review our Policy of Donated Objects.


    Policy for Donations of Objects

    We do still accept written requests for donating items to our collections,  we review these on a monthly basis.

    Strict criteria determine whether to accept items to our collection. Factors include not only storage but long-term management costs and potential for research and exhibition use.

    Please read our acquisition guidelines below. Once you are satisfied that your potential donation meets our criteria please submit a preliminary request for donation please submit a photo of the item. We will review your request and send you a questionnaire to be fill out if we are interested,

    Acquisition Guidelines

    Thank you for considering a donation to the NR&BHOF. Please review the following guidelines for NR&BHOF acquisitions:

    1. The item(s) must be consistent with and relevant to the stated purpose, scope, and activities of the NR&BHOF.
    2. Primary consideration will be given to the NR&BHOF's ability to provide proper care and storage for any object. No item(s) will be considered for acquisition if future care and preservation needs exceed the NR&BHOF's resources. Donations that include financial support for long-term storage and preservation are encouraged.
    3. Items must have a clear title and be free of copyright restrictions.
    4. Donors must provide a verifiable record of authenticity and provenance for all proposed donations. The NR&BHOF's will make every effort to ascertain that items offered are not stolen, wrongfully converted, or acquired under false pretenses. The NR&BHOF's is bound by international antiquities laws.
    5. If the NR&BHOF's discovers that it has acquired item (s) in violation of the above statement, the Museum shall seek to return the item(s) to the legal owner or shall seek to determine the proper means of disposition through recognized authorities.
    6. A 30-day examination period may be requested for any proposed acquisition.
    7. All acquisitions are to be outright and unconditional. The NR&BHOF cannot guarantee that objects donated will be placed on exhibition, or that they will be exhibited or stored intact as a single collection. In addition, please be aware that curatorial decisions made during cataloging of new collections may result in objects being deemed more appropriate for use in our education department or to be offered for sale to benefit the NR&BHOF  .
    8. All donations to the NR&BHOF's collections are irrevocable upon the formal and physical transfer to the Museum.
    9. All legal instruments of conveyance and warranty of title, signed by the donor/seller/agent setting forth an adequate description of the items involved and the precise conditions of the transfer shall accompany all acquisitions.
    10. All acquisitions by gift or bequest to the NR&BHOF will remain in the possession of the Museum for as long as they retain their physical integrity and authenticity, and as long as they remain useful for the purposes of the NR&BHOF.
    11. Federal law prevents the NR&BHOF from providing identification services or appraisal values for donated items. Donors are responsible for appraisals of value.
    12. All items will be shipped to us at your expense.