The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019. It will 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. Being built in Nashville, the Museum will share the story of the American Soundtrack, integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.
The Museum is the place that educates, preserves, and celebrates the rich influence Black people have had on America’s music. The story that will unfold within it walls is the soundtrack of the American story. It is a unique narrative – one that has never been told before – which shares how a distinct group of people used their artistry to connect more than 50 genres, ranging from folk to hip-hop to blues to country.
Within 56,000 square feet, museum visitors will experience the Rivers of Rhythm Pathway where they will be taken from the beginnings of American music with Southern religious and blues traditions to the most impactful hip-hop and Rhythm & Blues. It will showcase how many of today’s most renowned artists, such as Beyonce and Harry Connick, Jr., are connected to the traditions born out of the African American experience, with captivating scenes and quotes from the last century.
The Museum hosts a variety of youth and adult programs designed to inform and inspire music enthusiasts of all ages to appreciate a variety of music forms. Additionally, we host My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon and participate in the Black Music Honors awards program, both recognizing the contributions of African Americans to America’s culture and the music industry.
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