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Tarrytown Music Hall Receives $400,000 Grant

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The 126-year-old Tarrytown Music Hall is getting a makeover with a little help from the New York State Parks Department. The Music Hall recently received a $400,000 grant to help pay for the building's renovation.

“The Music Hall is really a gem that belongs to all of Westchester,” Music Hall Executive Director Bjorn Olsson said.

The grant is part of the recently-announced $67 million that the state has given to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. More than $38 million will be going to projects in Westchester in the hopes it will stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

Funds from the grant will be used to help pay to restore the Music Hall's foundation, roof and doors. Olsson described it as “a lot of the boring stuff that can be hard to raise money for.”

“Nobody wants their nameplate on a piece of foundation,” he said.

The grant is about 1/3 of the total $1.2 million that the Music Hall will need to raise to cover the costs of renovation because of the building's age, Olsson said.

“It's a building where we can't make the kind of money to restore it the right way,” Olsson said.

The Music Hall was built in 1885. Today the hall hosts musicians from a wide variety of genres, as well as a children's theater group.

Olsson said the staff wants to restore the building so that it lasts another 100 years and he hopes local residents remember the Music Hall when making their end-of-year donations.

The Music Hall is a non-profit organization.

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