The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has a permanent home at the new Music City Center convention complex.
Mayor Karl Dean called songwriters the unsung heroes of the city's country music industry and called the new Music City Center a fitting space to showcase and honor their creativity.
For the songwriters representing the 184 members in that elite group, the hall, complete with artifacts and 55-inch interactive video screens, means they will finally get their due.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1970 with no building, and as legendary songwriter Bobby Braddock remembers, it has remained merely a virtual reality for 42 years, until today.
"The Hall of Fame is really a 'hall' now," he said. "I was often asked after I was inducted where the Hall of Fame was, and you kind of say, 'well, it's in my heart. It's in my head.' But now we can say it's there in the biggest building in Tennessee."
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation will use donations to pay for their part of the main entrance into the new convention center at the corner of Demonbreun and Sixth, and Board Chairman John Van Mol said the slogan "It all begins with a song" is a basic truth of the music industry.
Officials said the Music City Center is on track to open in May 2013. In the meantime, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct four new members in its upcoming class, including Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.