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Quality of Life
The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center in Trotwood
The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center (Funk Center) is proud to partner with the City of Trotwood and the Trotwood CIC to become an anchor tenant of the former Sears Redevelopment project. The Funk Center is seeking funding support to build-out its permanent home in Trotwood to honor the Funk music genre and its strong history in the Dayton region. This presents an incredible opportunity for the Funk Center and the Trotwood community to develop this cultural asset for the region.
Organization Details
The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center
34 Soloman St
Trotwood, Ohio. 45426
Montgomery
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Non-profit
Organization Contact Details
David Webb
President and CEO
The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center
937-718-3948
34 Soloman St
Trotwood, Ohio. 45426
Montgomery
Quincy E. Pope, Sr.
City Manager, City of Trotwood
qpope@trotwood.org

Chad Downing
Executive Director, Trotwood CIC
cdowning@trotwoodcic.org
(937)854-7214
Location Details
Trotwood
Montgomery
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
5793750
7725000
Matching Funds/Fundraising- $772,500 (10%) of project costs
Secondary Grants- $386,250 (5%) of project costs
Financing (if needed)- $772,500 (10%) of project costs

Addition funding sources will continue to be sought. Financing will only occur for a bridge loan or if the gap can't be attained through fundraising or other secondary grant opportunities.
Construction or Capital
Yes
Matching funds are the process of being raised with the context of the new opportunity to participate in the former Sears Redevelopment. The Trotwood CIC will be building out the shell and systems of the building and providing the Funk Center a "white box" section of the building to build-out the Hall of Fame, Exhibition Center, and educational programming spaces. Therefore, there are additional dollars from that project which will go to support this process, but it is not included in the budget. See budget attached.
Yes
Within the next 6-12 months
The National Endowment for the Humanities- Several potential grant opportunities (labeled as 'secondary grants' in budget)
Community Details
Developing the “Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center” (Funk Center) in Trotwood will bring a relevant cultural amenity to a community that has a need to expand its arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors. There is an under representation of culturally relevant institutions to honor the strong history of arts and music in the Trotwood and West Dayton communities, especially as it relates to Funk music which has a strong history in these communities. Additionally, this will offer inspiration to younger generations to pursue careers in the arts and creative industries with confidence, knowing that a path has been established by those who will be featured in the Funk Center.

Since the closure of the Salem Mall in the early 2000’s, the City of Trotwood has been a community seeking to redefine itself economically. As a result of the drastic economic changes related to the mall’s closure, demographically Trotwood has been a community that has struggled to receive investment, creating a situation where Trotwood has one of the lower Median Family Incomes in Ohio. With a Median Family Income of $49,000, this places Trotwood as 226 out of 247 cities in Ohio. These economic conditions were only further impacted by the Great Recession with company closures and the following foreclosure crisis, leaving hundreds of homes vacant and displacing many from their home in the Trotwood community. Further emphasized by the 2019 Memorial Day tornado, in which Trotwood was the hardest hit community, and followed by the COVID Pandemic, the Trotwood community has persevered through both economic and natural disasters with its sights set on the opportunities of the future.

Despite all of this, Trotwood has had recent economic development achievements including new industrial developments, new housing and institutional developments on Main Street, and the pre-development work occurring to redevelop the former Sears building and former Salem Mall site. Bringing the Funk Center to join in Trotwood’s “economic renaissance” and to be an anchor tenant in the catalytic redevelopment of the former Sears building is a strategic opportunity for the Funk Center and the Trotwood community. Merging the missions and goals of the Funk Center, the City of Trotwood, and Trotwood CIC to develop this museum and exhibition center as a component of the former Sears redevelopment project will serve to create a meaningful partnership that will attract additional businesses and amenities, all positively impacting the quality of life of residents in Trotwood and the surrounding communities. The Funk Center will serve as more than a museum, as a core component of this center will be to create space for programming and class-rooms and recording studios to promote educational opportunities for the greater community and will host concerts and community events.

Furthermore, the City of Trotwood and, more specifically, this site is a natural location for the Funk Center. The Funk genre is defined as “rhythm-driven musical genre popular in the 1970s and early 1980s that linked soul to later African-American musical style.” Therefore, it would make sense that the host community of the Funk Center would be predominately African-American, as Trotwood is the fifth largest Black city in the State of Ohio, with 68.4% of the city’s population identifying as black in the 2020 census estimates. More importantly, the Trotwood and West Dayton community is the Funk capital of the world. Between the peak years of 1975 and the early 1980s, there were 11 acts from the city on major labels, including the Ohio Players, Lakeside, Heatwave, Faze-O, Slave, Sun, and ZAPP just to name a few. This unique sound can still be heard today, re-recorded and sampled by bands spanning the genres of Pop to Hip Hop. Additionally, the talk box was pioneered by Trotwood residents Roger Troutman and the Zapp band which inspired the use of the instrument in both Funk music and its influence in future genres. Finally, to further highlight the natural location of the Funk Center in Trotwood, the City of Trotwood has a higher percentage of residents who “have graduated with a degree majoring in Arts, Humanities, and other” than neighboring communities and the State. Trotwood (30.5%) has a higher percent of the population with these degrees than Montgomery County (20.63%) and Ohio (20.87%), according to the census.

In closing, this proposal presents an incredible opportunity to bring to fruition the Funk Center’s vision and to help the City of Trotwood further its goals and to make progress on several strategic planning goals established in 2019, including: creating a high quality community asset, especially around the arts and culture; strengthen regional and local connectivity to the community; repurpose blighted/vacant buildings in the community; and, to partner with the school district to expand youth involvement and opportunities for extracurriculars. Most importantly, this will be significant to help achieve Trotwood’s goal of redeveloping the former Sears building at the former Salem Mall site into an economic catalyst for the community, serving as a means to attract people to the community and to rejuvenate residents' sense of pride in this site and the community.

This project and this PDAC submission appreciate the support from a wide set of community stakeholders, including the Dayton Metro Library, Dayton Philharmonic, LION, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the City of Trotwood, Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation, the Trotwood-Madison School District, and community icons/leaders such as former Ohio State Senator Bill Beagle, and Dayton Daily News Reporter Don Thrasher, among many others. We appreciate your consideration of this submission.
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Additional Details
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Chad Downing
937-854-7214
cdowning@trotwoodcic.org
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