Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Rita George, deputy executive director of GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live.

The world was watching this past weekend as we opened the doors to GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi one of the most high-tech museums in the world. And why here? You might ask. As Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live has said, “Without Mississippi…there would be no American Music.” Nearly 8 percent of all Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners are natives of Mississippi. And, more Grammy winners are from Mississippi than the next five states combined. Combine that with the fact that Delta State offers the state’s only accredited program of music in industry studies, and the decision becomes apparent.

Having one of the most recognized brands in the world, GRAMMY, in the place known as the birthplace of American music is a win for musicians and music lovers everywhere. And, the unique partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State’s Delta Music Institute will inspire and help shape the music and musicians of today and for generations to come.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is also a terrific complement to Delta State’s focus on music and culture through our music department, Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industries program, Delta Blues Project, and the Delta Center for Culture and Learning. Having such a wonderful facility on our campus brings unparalleled opportunities.

We are elated to host GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in our backyard. Undoubtedly, this museum and its programs and events will bring people from around the globe to the place where American music was born. And above all else, our students will be exposed to some of the most exceptional academic programming available.

To learn more about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit Please come visit this stunning museum, tour our bustling town of Cleveland, Mississippi, and take time to explore our unique programs and exceptional facilities at Delta State. As we say at Delta State, we will roll out the green carpet for you.

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