Giving starts with you!


This year you can make the holidays a giving season, not just a shopping season.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, NMAAM participated in #GivingTuesday; a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more all come together for a global movement to celebrate and encourage the gift of giving during the holiday season.

Created in 2012 as a day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season – #GivingTuesday “opened” this year on December 2nd.  Due to the overwhelming response and participation, NMAAM has extended its Giving Tuesday celebration through the end of the year, December 31st.

All proceeds from Giving Tuesday will help fund NMAAM’s educational and cultural enriching programs designed to preserve the legacy of African American music as a part of American culture.

2014 has been a phenomenal year for NMAAM! We’ve put on a myriad of events and programs designed to increase awareness of the museum and the importance of African American music in American culture including those listed below and many others. We’re also wrapping up plans to be a part of a $400 million project that reimagines lower Broadway in Nashville.

Join the global movement and consider giving to The National Museum of African American Music and become part of history! To give click here.

Then, post on Facebook or Instagram, or tweet, that you participated in #GivingTuesday by giving to @theNMAAM! You can learn more about GivingTuesday by visiting

2014 Highlights


From Nothing to Something 

“From Nothing to Something” is a one-hour program consisting of five program presentations designed to educate children and adults 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), but were used to create something wonderful – music!


Cheekwood Drawing Room Concert Series

With the opening of the William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, NMAAM and Cheekwood joined forces to host a new concert series– featuring artists in genres ranging from Jazz to Ragtime– music inspired by the timeframe of Edmondson’s life.

IMG_2717MET Choral Camp

NMAAM, in partnership with Choral Arts Link, hosts MET Choral CAMP,a two-week long summer singing lab designed to offer age appropriate vocal training and music reading skills to children grades 2-12.  Students who attend MET Camp are given the opportunity to join MET Singers and perform in the annual Let Freedom Sing, a celebration of MLK, Jr., concert with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Choir at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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My Music Matters

My Music Matters™ is an awareness campaign that  features middle Tennessee executives and influential Nashvillians, along with musicians, artists and community leaders. Participants shared their experiences with music, favorite song and how music influenced them, to capture an interesting, thoughtful and reflective conversation showcasing the impact African American music has on American culture. NMAAM shares the impact on American culture through the stories of those who joined us in telling why My Music Matters™.

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The Inaugural Rhapsody & Rhythm award was presented to honorees of the My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon on June 19, 2014, for their impact in the music industry through talent, triumphs, ability and power.  Honorees included Dr. Bobby Jones, Denise LaSalle, Kirk Whalum, Moses Leonard, Jr and Al Bell with performances by

IMG_3447Guitars in Rhythm Exhibit at the Airport

NMAAM presented its first ever exhibit, Dr. T.B. Boyd III, Guitars in Rhythm, in partnership with the Metro Nashville Airport Authority’s Arts at the Airport.  Over 9 of Dr. Boyd’s electric guitars from his private collection are on display in Concourse A at the Nashville International Airport until March 2015.  They represent more than 50 years of African American music and include famous legends such as Gospel pioneer Dr. Bobby Jones, CeCe Winans and Isaac Hayes.

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Sips & Stanzas is that unique experience where diverse, professionals meet, listen, and have interactive conversations with outstanding artists, music leaders and industry professionals, who are all part of Nashville’s growing 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 a #NewNashville atmosphere.

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Emerging Artist Series at the Airport

The Emerging Artists Concert Series served as a platform to showcase the different musical genres that people can experience in Music City while also introducing emerging artists. NMAAM partnered with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority for four of the performances. Concerts featuring Sonja Hopkins, Mike Hicks, Joy Styles and Kiya Lacey showcased the talent and impact African Americans have on American culture and featured musicians who embody diverse musical and cultural perspectives.