Scheduled to open in Downtown Nashville in early 2020, the National museum of African American Music will be a 56,000-square-foot facility that will encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences that composers have had on all genres of music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM will integrate history and interactive technology to share the untold story of more than 50 music genres and subgenres. It will be an unparalleled institution, not confined by record label, genre or recording artist, but instead will tell a unique narrative through the lens of black music.

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The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The sound of faith is one that has contributed to America’s soundtrack by laying the foundation for what would become known as religious music or gospel. The National Museum of African American Music will feature a gallery called Wade in the Water to document the...

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Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Paying homage to music icons that paved the way and celebrating their achievements was the highlight of the 2019 Black Music Honors show in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held on September 5, at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and honored legendary artists who...

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Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

There’s no denying the impact that Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has had on America’s soundtrack. The four time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Melissa Arnette Elliot was the top female hip hop album seller through the late 90s and early 2000s. She has...

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Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.

NMAAM announced Rivers of Rhythm®, its first-ever digital exhibition, during this important month-long observance. This first-of-its-kind digital exhibition strategically connects NMAAM to a national conversation that honors the roots of American music.

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