About Us

The NMAAM

As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact this music has on musicians and consumers around the world.

From the time the United States was a colony, African Americans have created, innovated, performed and otherwise participated in the process of music making. In fact, without argument, it can be stated, that African Americans have provided the most significant cultural inputs in the development of American music. The National Museum of African American Music celebrates their tireless efforts and triumphantly boasts of the historical impact made around the world.

As a pilgrimage museum, NMAAM will draw upon a range of music and history enthusiasts to explore and celebrate African American music. The museum will tell the story of genres, instruments and vocalists that have shaped and influenced music around the world providing a platform for a national and global landscape to celebrate and honor the legacy and legends.

Who We Are

The National Museum of African American Music will stand as an international iconic cultural museum dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music.

What We Do

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NMAAM will serve as a digital repository for the preservation of music and artifacts, a gathering place for artists and a global educational outlet for students.

Mission

NMAAM will be an educational facility, national tourist destination and will tell the phenomenal story of African American music, both nationally and internationally.

Vision

As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The NMAAM will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans.

Ragtime: The Musical!

January 15-25, 2015

Tennessee State University's Performing Arts Center will host the Circle Players for Ragtime: The Musical with showtimes at 2pm, 3pm and 7:30pm. Please check the performance schedule for dates and times.

Sips & Stanzas: An Evening with Lisa Fischer

January 15, 2015

City Winery will host the kickoff of our 2015 Sips & Stanzas series with a Meet & Greet of Lisa Fischer before her performance from 6-8pm.

Sips & Stanzas 2014

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