Even though the Museum has not physically broken ground or opened its doors, we are already offering creative and educational events and programs in schools and communities, such as our From Nothing to Something program, MET Summer Academy, Music Legends and Heroes, our Emerging Artist series, and monthly Sips & Stanzas events. Our programs reached 8,000 people in 2016.
From Nothing to Something (FNTS)
This program is a series of one-hour programs consisting of one of five different musical presentations: Spoons, Harmonica, Cigar Box Guitars, Banjo and Washtub Bass. Programs on each instrument, led by artists, explore the musical history, techniques and other interesting stories/facts behind the instrument.
FN2S is designed to educate young people about how a group of people, from different cultures, created instruments from memories and limited resources. Replicas of these instruments were literally made out of nothing (household items or natural materials), and were used to create something wonderful – music!
Participants will learn how these hand made instruments influenced the development of different musical genres like Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop and more which created America’s music and culture. FN2S is offered year round through summer camps as well as through classrooms and groups. For more information, click here.
The MET Summer Academy
Choral Arts Link and the National Museum of African American Music present The MET Summer Academy, which kicks off each year in late June and runs through early July. It is a two-week choral retreat for public, private, charter, and home-schooled children, as well as students who participate in the MET Singers. Singers encounter choral and vocal performance training, varieties of musical styles and tips from special guest artists from the National Museum of African American Music, Barbershop Harmony Society, the Nashville Symphony, Intersection CME and more! Click here for more information.
Music Legends & Heroes
A unique experience where students have interactive conversations with outstanding artists and industry leaders. This program will allow artists to share their stories of music making history with youth audiences. As a program organized and implemented by students, Music Legends & Heroes objectives include:
- Showcase youth leadership as well as presentation and project management skills in planning and implementing the program.
- Gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical significance of music created and performed by African Americans.
- Explore the social, economic, and cultural conditions present in American history for music to be created by African American people.
Sips & Stanzas
Sips & Stanzas is a unique experience where diverse, professionals meet, listen, and have interactive conversations with outstanding music leaders representing business, performance, media and other industry aspects all part of Nashville’s music scene.
As Nashville continues to grow and diversify its Music City brand, Sips & Stanzas is the event for professionals to socialize, engage and impact the growing awareness of Nashville, as well as learn about the latest NMAAM updates. Our objective is to integrate music/artists and provide an outlet for discussions about topics that impact the mission of NMAAM.
Join us each month for either a discussion regarding music and its impact on American culture, or a fan experience event where attendees have an opportunity to interact with a visiting artist. Each event is scheduled in a different location and provides a new offering to learn about the music, musicians and the industry that has been shaped and influenced by truly remarkable people.
Find an upcoming Sips & Stanzas event near you!
Emerging Artist Series (EAS)
The Emerging Artist Series serves as a platform to showcase the different musical genres that people can experience in Music City while also introducing emerging artists. The concert series will showcase the talent and impact African Americans have on American culture and feature musicians who embody diverse musical and cultural perspectives. These free concerts are held the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Click here for upcoming EAS concerts!
In June 2016 NMAAM unveiled our Rivers of Rhythm web app. This “digital exhibition” of music dynamically illustrates the impact and influence of African Americans on American music. Users can listen to songs and research their favorite artists by going to riversofrhythm.com.