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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Black and Blue Notes: NMAAM’s A Love Supreme Gallery

Black and Blue Notes: NMAAM’s A Love Supreme Gallery

A quintessential African American art form, jazz is among the most beloved and celebrated musical genres in the world. NMAAM’s A Love Supreme gallery, named for John Coltrane’s masterpiece, pays tribute to some of jazz’s greatest artists, legendary compositions, and...

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Tracing the Blues: NMAAM’s Crossroads Gallery

Tracing the Blues: NMAAM’s Crossroads Gallery

    When talking about the blues, most people think about a relatively simple 12-bar, three-chord composition commonly in 4/4 time. The blues evokes images of juke joints and dusty country roads, and triggers profound emotional responses ranging from longing...

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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 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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