This past year has been a one of giving!

Throughout 2017, we have received major gifts to ensure we can continue providing our thought-provoking, creative and educational programs and events in communities in Nashville and other areas around the country. We’ve also received gifts that will support the construction of our permanent location as the anchor tenant in the luxury urban development Fifth + Broadway, which is located in the center of the bustling mecca that is downtown Nashville.

We are delighted to have received two landmark gifts from Fifth Third Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. These gifts, each $100,000, support the My Music Matters Funds, which supports our educational programming for youth and adults in the Middle Tennessee area. The Fifth Third Bank gift helped us expand our acclaimed From Nothing to Something Program to senior citizens in partnership with Fifty Forward. The From Nothing to Something program is a series of one-hour workshops consisting of one of six musical presentations led by artists, exploring the musical history, techniques and other interesting facts about the instrument.

In addition to these gifts, we also received several more that support our operations and our construction:

– A grant from the Community Foundation of  Middle Tennessee to connect approximately 1,000 Nashville youth and seniors with professional, African American musicians and artists to learn, perform, and engage.

– Cigna is now a sponsor of the new STEAM initiative in schools! Steam is coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math- the STEM subjects, in addition to art.

– HCA signed on for the Sips & Stanzas Sponsorship which allowed the museum to take Sips with Avery Sunshine to Essence Festival!

– Metro Nashville Airport Authority sponsored the Emerging Artists Series which allows the Museum to have Emerging Artist Bizz and Everyday People perform at Legends Corner during Black Music Month in June.

– Southwest Airlines is a sponsor that provides vouchers to allow the museum to have world renowned scholars attend a scholars meeting in May to complete the museum design.

– First Tennessee Bank supported the A Celebration of Legends luncheon, our primary fundraiser that benefits our educational and community programming.

– Metro Arts Commission has shown their support by helping us develop a membership campaign.

– Turner Family Foundation’s gift for capital campaign support has helped with museum construction.

We are so very grateful for the gifts we have received. So now it’s your turn to join! You play a critical part in the vision of the museum. If you have ever tapped your feet, bobbed your head, or clapped your hands to any form of music, then you are already connected to the rhythm of the soundtrack of this museum.

The National Museum of African American Music is scheduled to open its doors in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee in 2019. We’ve already raised $28 million of the $48 million needed to build the museum and we need your help to reach the finish line! For more information on donating to the museum: