History & Background
What began as a dream, turned into a study and is now a fully functioning enterprise that is destined to be a Music City cornerstone and national treasure.
An idea that formed in 2002, under the auspices of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, propelled the development of a task force set to determine the interest and feasibility of developing a project in Nashville that could provide more diverse cultural offerings to residents and visitors. The “Chamber Feasibility Task Force” conducted a thorough research process and concluded that Nashville needed, among other things, a place for attracting African American conventions and visitors – and a place that people of all cultural backgrounds could experience the extraordinary point of view that only Nashville could offer.
As the project matured, the concept broaden in scope from Nashville to National, and yet narrowed it’s focus from music, culture and arts to solely music. In 2011, the Museum of African American Music, Art and Culture changed its name to the National Museum of African American Music (“NMAAM”).
A Story never Before Told… Until Now
NMAAM will do what no other museum in the world does – tell the story of American history through the prism of the African American influence on her music: The Soundtrack of America or The Geneology of American Music
As a result, The Museum’s focus is:
- The chronicling of the more than 50 genres of music that have been created by and heavily influenced by African Americans
- Educating the world on the origins and inter-relatedness of American music forms
- The preservation of these unique music forms
- Advocacy for the artists that create this music
- Delivering educational programs and events in middle-Tennessee, around the United States and across the world using diverse means of communication and delivery