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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A Look at How Black Music Month Started

African Americans have weaved together musical tapestries from various genres as a contribution to America’s soundtrack. This month, the National Museum of African American Music joins the rest of the country in celebrating Black Music Month. Since the end of the 70s,...

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The State of Black Music

As we celebrate Black Music Month, NMAAM is reflecting on the past year in music. The state of Black music remains robust and continues to grow stronger. Its reach is larger than ever, spanning platforms, countries and genres. After overtaking rock as the most-played...

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BET’s “Sunday Best” Returns with New Judges

Gospel music is part of the foundation of America’s soundtrack. After a four year hiatus, BET’s gospel competition "Sunday Best" is heading back to the airwaves this summer with two new judges. Award winning gospel vocalists Erica Campbell and Jonathan McReynolds will...

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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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