FAQ

With so many moving parts for such a large scale project, there are bound to be questions about who and what we are, and how you can get involved. Below is a list of frequently asked questions, but please contact us if you have any additional questions.

WHAT IS NMAAM?

NMAAM (or the National Museum of African American Music) is to be the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. Located in Downtown Nashville the museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring music heroes of the past into the present.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN NMAAM OPENS IN 2020?

An in-depth look at over 50 genres and subgenres of music will be explored throughout five different galleries they made on American culture. Visitors will experience everything from call-and-response spirituals and work songs from the 1600s to the mesmerizing sounds of saxophones, trumpets, and snares during the heyday of jazz in the 1900s.

NMAAM’s exhibitions and galleries have been designed around the theme of Rivers of Rhythm which creates a wave like path for visitors to follow.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM NMAAM’S PROGRAM?

NMAAM delivers innovative educational programs and events which provide vibrant experiences and resources for visitors.  For more information check out our events and programs pages.

WHY DO WE NEED A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC?

From production to songwriting to performance to consumption, this country’s musical landscape was formed by a distinct group who created, influenced and inspired more than 50 genres and subgenres of music. NMAAM’s purpose is to tell the story that has never been told before—one that shares how African Americans play a critical role in shaping our country’s heritage and culture. This museum will highlight the history, struggles, triumphs, and culture of African Americans. NMAAM will showcase how today’s artists are connected to the traditions born out of the African American Experience through interactive technology, quotes, artifacts and creative educational programming. We’ve all been touched by this music. The artists, genres, songs, dances and the history from which they emerged is the soundtrack of our lives. And the narrative will unfold right here in NMAAM.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT NMAAM?

There are several ways to support NMAAM:

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