MISSION & VISION
The National Museum of African American Music is finally open!
NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections 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 the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American music.
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 their historical place, right here in the heart of Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. Historically, Tennessee was the center of the Great Migration, when 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 be the final jewel in 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 of African American music, NMAAM strengthens and diversifies 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 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. The museum’s interactive galleries will play along with the American soundtrack, illuminate Nashville’s significant influence, and share how African American music 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.