Frequently Asked Questions

detroit_skyline2 The criteria for receiving an honor/star consist of the following:

1. Professional achievement;
2. Longevity of five years or more;
3. Contributions to the community; and
4. The guarantee that the celebrity will attend the dedication ceremony if selected. Posthumous awards require a two-year waiting period. Once selected, the recipient has up to 2 years to schedule their ceremony or the nomination expires and must be re-submitted. Q: How many honorees are there per year?


A: In Detroit, an average of twenty stars is selected each year. The initial launch will have one hundred-twenty (120) honorees in 2013.

Q: Where is the Walk to Fame to be located?

A: The Walk to Fame, conceptually, will be concentrated downtown, near waterfront camp Martius: Woodward Corridor, Grand Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, Music Hall, Opera House, Fox Theater, Paradise Valley, Chene Park, and some scattered city areas around historical monuments throughout Detroit.

Q: What known cities have a Walk to Fame?

A: San Francisco, California; Hollywood, California; Anaheim, California; Richmond, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lansing, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri.

Q: How is the Walk to Fame funded in those known cities?

A: In Hollywood, the instituted fee for the nominating party and star recipient fund the Walk to Fame and the Chamber of Commerce delegates the monies. In the remaining cities, Walks of Fame are heavily funded by private sector sponsors and in some cases city taxes. The Michigan Walk to Fame in Lansing is funded by private donations, which are tax deductible.

Q: How many persons are on staff for the Walk to Fame in those cities?

A: The number of persons on staff for the Walk to Fame varies greatly among the cities. The Chamber of Commerce, which has nine staff members and thirty-one directors who participate in the Walk’s administration run the Hollywood Walk to Fame. Five persons make up the selection committee. In St. Louis, Missouri, about six persons are on staff for the Walk and one hundred and twenty make up the selection committee.

Q: How will the Detroit Walk to Fame be funded?

A. It will be funded through technology, applications, private sponsors and grants. The Walk to Fame is administered by a private nonprofit organization headed by Don Davis and O’Neil Swanson. The organization consists of three directors and an advisory board of twelve persons/institutions recruited from the State of Michigan.

Q: Are the induction ceremonies for the honorees open to the public?

A: Yes, the public may attend the induction ceremony of honorees. 4 The Walk to Fame will be administered as a private non-profit organization, mainly funded by its projects; the Walk to Fame will have three appointed directors at minimum and its drafted bylaws will outline the existence and responsibilities of the corporate officers and directors, the size of the board of directors and the manner and term of their election, how and when board meetings will be held, who may call meetings, how the board of directors will function, and how grant monies will be distributed.

The advisory board shall have three Commissioners from the City of Detroit Entertainment Commissions and directors will be comprised locally; individuals will be recruited from areas such as the Charles Wright Museums, Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and various businesses. The Walk to Fame administration board will keep a Records Book that tracks all records of account and minutes of the proceedings. The Detroit Walk to Fame will aid Detroit’s revival by drawing positive attention to the City and encouraging future investments. The Walk to Fame will directly serve Detroit by recognizing persons of distinction in the arts, entertainment, and notable exceptional achievers using technology. The Walk to Fame will help improve the City’s infrastructure by providing enhanced walkways and creating a tourist attraction that will bring constructive and positive publicity and capital to the City.
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