PORT JEFFERSON - Community leaders, musicians and fans gathered today in Port Jefferson to officially welcome the Long Island Music Hall of Fame into the village's downtown district.

During a ceremony, village officials handed over the keys to the Hall of Fame's future home at the former First National Bank building.

Since 2004, close to 100 musicians with Long Island roots, from Pat Benatar to Arlo Guthrie, have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but the museum has never had its own space, until now.

"This is going to be a building that's going to put Long Island musicians and our musical heritage on the map," says Brookhaven Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld.

Organizers say the next step is a fundraising campaign to turn the historic building into a multipurpose space for exhibits, performance and music classes.

The museum portion of the Hall of Fame will be constructed first, making space for memorabilia.