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Scheduled to open in Downtown Nashville in Summer 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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2020: Road to Grand Opening

2020: Road to Grand Opening

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! 2020 is NMAAM’s year, and as we inch closer to our grand opening this summer we want to give you an insider’s view of what’s happening behind the scenes. As 2019 wound down, we featured blog posts about each of our galleries...

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The Top 10 Moments in Black Music of the 2010s

The Top 10 Moments in Black Music of the 2010s

In less than 2 weeks, we’ll say goodbye to the 2010s and step into a brand new decade. Looking back on the past 10 years, it’s a bit mind-boggling to recall the numerous social, political, and pop culture events that have come to epitomize this era: Occupy Wall...

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Word is Bond: NMAAM’s The Message Gallery

Word is Bond: NMAAM’s The Message Gallery

As the youngest musical genre to arise from the Black experience in America, hip-hop simultaneously embodies the history and influence of its predecessors while keeping its eye trained on the new and the now, and its finger on the pulse of the next. NMAAM’s 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 is excited to announce our partnership with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, whose recent $15,000 donation will ensure the continued success of the museum’s educational programs.