MISSION & VISION
The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in early 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Even though it is still under construction, it is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The collections found throughout the museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.
The National Museum of African American Music is a global music destination–providing a transformative, inspirational and educational experience across generations.
To educate the world, preserve the legacy and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
We’re placing America’s beloved music and musicians in its historical place, right here in the heart of Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. Historically, Tennessee has been the center of the Great Migration, where approximately 6 million African Americans left the South–with their musical traditions in tow–to relocate to large cities and other areas of the Northeast, Mid-West and Western states. With Nashville known as Music City, the museum will complete the jewel to the city’s crown. We’re preserving the history of America’s soundtrack in a place where music is truly celebrated on a daily basis.
As the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on the impact African American music, NMAAM will strengthen and diversify the “Music City” brand with compelling connections to both local and national musical distinctions. Additionally, Nashville is a place where significant African American music events and artists thrived. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, and Little Richard are just a few of the pioneering artists who were a part of Nashville music scene in the early stages of their career.
The art of these Americans has inspired musicians of different races and ethnicities to create and cultivate more sounds that add to the many songs on America’s soundtrack. From the Fisk Jubilee Singers to the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands, music in Nashville has had a profound influence on the music industry. The National Museum of African American Music is building on the successes of Tennessee’s diverse culture and nationally recognized music museums and institutions including the Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland, The Grand Ole’ Opry, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and The Bessie Smith Museum among several others. While the Museum’s interactive galleries will play along with the American soundtrack, it will also illuminate Nashville’s significant influence and share how it inspires others around the world.
Today Nashville is proud to boast many of the world’s greatest songwriters, producers, and performers. It is also home to many industry titans such as ASCAP, BMI, CMT, The Recording Academy, Warner Music and more.