Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gets A Home

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FILE - In this June 17, 2010 file photo, Billy Joel attends the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame awards gala in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is no longer just a website. Brookhaven Town officials announced an agreement for a 15-year lease at the site of the former First National Bank in Port Jefferson with a lease signing ceremony scheduled for next week.

“I am thrilled that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame will have finally found a home in Brookhaven in the wonderful village of Port Jefferson. What a brilliant setting LIMHOF will have for a museum in this circa 1900 landmark building which is a magnificent architectural treasure in the heart of Port Jefferson,” Councilman Fiore-Rosenfeld said in a statement.

“Our island has such a rich musical history, Gershwin, Billy Joel, Guy Lombardo, Louie Armstrong just to name a few, putting LIMHOF’s collection of musical memorabilia on display so that the next generation of Long Islanders can learn about this outstanding culture on Long Island is exceptional; one would be hard pressed to find a more appropriate place to open this museum.”

Renovations could take a year, but the museum may open during construction. The facility will feature an interactive museum with exhibits, classrooms and a performance area.

“The many artists, musicians and bands that have created the rich music history of LI will finally have a home to preserve their legacy,” said Chairman of the LIMHOF Board of Directors, Jim Faith in a statement.

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame was created by a group of Long Island music lovers and honors artists from Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties who’ve made significant contributions to music. Inductees include Billy Joel, Louis Armstrong, LL Cool J, George M. Cohan, Lou Reed, the Ramones and Harry Chapin.

-With Associated Press