Can We Count on You?

Can We Count on You?

As a loyal friend and supporter of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), you are familiar with our mission to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. Your...

Go Live with NMAAM

We’ve got an exciting slate of events coming up! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Facebook Live for My Music Matters each Wednesday and FN2S/#YouthThursdays on Thursdays, and Sips & Stanzas every 3rd Thursday of the month. Here’s what’s...
The Power to…Create

The Power to…Create

Before the popularity of Black-owned music labels, a few high-spirited individuals were the first to embark on owning their own. In the most turbulent of times and in the most unlikely of places, these Black record producers changed the course of music history. Berry...
Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women Songwriters

Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women Songwriters

When we think about the iconic voices of popular music, Black women singers certainly come to mind. From Gertrude “Ma” Rainey to Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin; Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and H.E.R.; Nina Simone, Missy Elliot (the first woman in hip-hop inducted...
Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women in Classical Music

Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women in Classical Music

When NMAAM opens Labor Day Weekend, it will be the first of its kind museum to explore the complete history of African American music. With exhibits featuring artifacts and interactive experiences that take visitors as far back as the pre-Emancipation era and right up...
Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women Who Rock

Hear Me Roar! Celebrating Black Women Who Rock

It’s no secret to anyone who knows anything about the history of popular American music that rock n roll is a direct descendant of the African American musical tradition, rooted in gospel, the blues, and R&B. Even the most casual cultural observer could rattle off...
NMAAM’s Digital Sign Lights Up 5th and Broadway

NMAAM’s Digital Sign Lights Up 5th and Broadway

On the evening of January 20th, Nmaam celebrated another project milestone as we turned on one of our two digital billboards. Friends and family gathered on the roof top of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for the Illumination Celebration, cheering upon the sight of our name...