leading 50day Hip Hop Anniversary, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Jamal Bowman (D-NY-16) The construction site of the Universal Museum of Hip-Hop in the Bronx announced $5 million in federal funding to help preserve and celebrate the history of hip-hop music and its impact on American culture. The Universal Museum of Hip Hop will be a tourist hub that honors the genre’s impact on art, music, fashion, film, marketing and entertainment, and celebrates pioneers who built the culture such as The Flash and Furious Five, DJ Red Alert, Running DMC and KRS-One. Funding received by Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Bowman will be used for facility construction as well as K-12 education programs.
NY Senator José M. Serrano, NY Senator Jamaal Bailey, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Former Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Former Peekskill Mayor & Hip Hop Artist Andre Rainey, KRS-One, G . Simone, Roxanne Shanté, Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. and Grand Wizzard Theodore.
“The Bronx has historically been an incubator of ideas, nurturing genres ranging from doo-wop to salsa, but few have left a bigger mark than hip-hop,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. “It’s been amazing to see what started as a party in the basement of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue become a global phenomenon, spawning artists and entrepreneurs such as Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Pitbull and 50 Cent. 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Coming Soon Arriving, I am proud to have received funding to help the Universal Museum of Hip Hop celebrate all that is good about hip hop.”
“Since its birth in the Bronx 50 years ago, hip-hop culture has transcended language, race, age, and geographic and socioeconomic barriers. It is a uniquely American art form that has become a global cultural movement. That’s why I Proud to donate $5 million to the Universal Museum of Hip Hop, which will serve as the ‘Official Record of Hip Hop,'” U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said. “This museum will bring visitors from around the world together in the Bronx to immerse themselves in hip-hop culture, past and present, and provide a vital space for educational programs to empower our youth.”
“Hip-hop is a global movement that transcends borders. As a proud supporter of the creation of the Universal Museum of Hip-Hop, I am delighted to be able to showcase hip-hop’s profound impact on the world as a culture and art within this community,” Congressman Jamaal Bowman Ed.D (NY-16) says. “The $5 million in federal funding for the Universal Museum of Hip-Hop demonstrates a commitment to recognizing the historic contribution hip-hop has made in this country. For those disconnected from their continents, languages, cultures and ancestry, hip-hop represents A civilization reborn. Hip-hop’s pioneers created a vessel that influenced nearly every aspect of American culture, and this funding is just the beginning of prioritizing and honoring those in our country who are paving the way for generations to come.”
“The Universal Museum of Hip-Hop will be an important place to preserve and celebrate hip-hop culture,” New York State Senator José M. Serrano said. “Born in the Bronx 50 years ago, the cultural phenomenon known as Hip-Hop changed the world and influenced music worldwide. My sincere thanks to Senators Gillibrand, Senators Schumer and our congressional delegation for this support of an important cultural venue”