Grammy Museum celebrates music's legacy

Festivities to take place for one week in December

The Grammy Museum will open its doors in Los Angeles in December with a weeklong celebration of the history of music.

The Recording Academy and AEG Live said Thursday that the party will kick off Dec. 3 with a VIP reception and will culminate with festivities recognizing the Grammy Awards' 50-year legacy. Other functions will include a gala fundraising concert the following night, educational tours and a special launch ceremony Dec. 6, when the museum officially opens to the public.

The four-floor, 32,000-square-foot site will feature interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits and will be housed within L.A. Live, the downtown sports entertainment and residential district.

"Music always has played a vital role in our culture and society," Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow said, "and the Grammy Museum will provide visitors a unique and hands-on opportunity to experience music's rich legacy, as well as the special process that goes into creating it."

Also on Thursday, Robert Santelli was named executive director of the Grammy Museum. A longtime member of the Recording Academy, Santelli most recently served as vp of the Pacific Northwest Chapter from 2001-06.