Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Matter At All?
It's All About the Money
This may come as a shock to you, but the names that the Hall chooses has a lot to do with the amount of tickets they can sell to their dinners. In 2001, it even prompted Fox News to be all objective and do some actual reporting.
They found out the foundation director at the time, Suzan Evans, was paid $300,000 per year, owned a huge expense account, and claimed the Hall only exists to throw a huge party each year, doing nothing to help musicians in need. Did I mention the Hall is a nonprofit? It wouldn't seem like it after statements like this were circulating:
"It's a club, and she's their groupie. It's all about power and hanging around with rock stars. Record companies have been getting a bill every year from the foundation of $8,000 or $10,000 apiece. They're starting to question what it's for -- just for giving the dinner."
Ten years later, it doesn't seem like much has changed. This week, Business Insider reported: "In 2010, President and CEO Terry Stewart enjoyed total take-home of $476,504. The head of the Hall's foundation -- that's right, they possess a nonprofit within a nonprofit -- earned $409,737."
So let's review: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can't get the genre right, it can't get the city right, it can't get its own inductees to attend, it can't get young people involved, and its bottom line is its paycheck. Great. Tell me again why this bullshit matters more than Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.