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Funding campaign launched for planned Hip Hop Hall of Fame museum

The New York museum will initially open in Harlem before moving to Midtown

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A funding campaign has been launched for a planned Hip Hop Hall of Fame museum.

The Indie Go Go appeal will try to raise $1 million (£640,348) in order to open a proper museum in Harlem, New York, as well as a a Youth Media Education centre.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame has kickstarted the campaign with $500,000 (£320,389). If the rest of the money is raised, then the museum will open in April 2015 on 125th Street, and then move to a permanent home in Midtown, opening late 2016 or early 2017, reports Rolling Stone.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum has been in the works since 1992, when the first Hip Hop Hall of Fame awards show was broadcast on television. The museum already has a host of items which it plans to display, including memorabilia donated by Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube and Outkast, as well as items on loan from the Grammy Museum, Smithsonian Museum and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The planned Youth Media Training & Education Academy will take on 50 students a year and teach them a range of media and creative skills, in music, film and production.

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