MSCCM Rendering

Country music legend and Mississippian Marty Stuart recently announced his Congress of Country Music at the Mississippi State Capitol. Stuart gave those in attendance a first look at digital renderings of the Congress, which will be built in downtown Philadelphia. Other speakers included Philadelphia elected officials and representatives from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives closed out the event with an acoustic performance.

“There could not be a more meaningful location for the Congress of Country Music than downtown Philadelphia,” said Marty Stuart. “Congress means ‘gathering place,’ and that is exactly what we intend to create here. The Congress will be a beacon to country music fans, history lovers, and all those invested in the future of American music.”

Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music, which incorporates the historic Ellis Theater, is equal parts concert venue, museum, and educational center. With over 20,000 invaluable items, Stuart’s collection of country music artifacts is the largest private collection of its kind in the world.

“I began collecting as part of a crusade to save and carry forward country music culture,” said Stuart. “It was a job worth undertaking because it touched my heart. It is my hope that all who come to the Congress of Country Music will be moved by these artifacts.”

Included in the Congress is the Marty Stuart Center, an inviting setting where students can learn about the spectrum of careers available within the music industry. Endorsed by the GRAMMY Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the Library of Congress, the Center will focus on using music to inspire learning, critical thinking, and self-expression.

About Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music
Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music reclaims, redefines and reintroduces the true heart and soul of country music. As country music’s most notable ambassador and the culture’s main archetypal crusader, Marty Stuart’s mission is to preserve and propel the authenticity of the culture of country music to future generations. Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music is the home of the largest private collection of country music artifacts in the world.