In 2016, our programs reached over 8,000 and we’re working to grow that number in 2017. Our youth programs include From Nothing to Something, MET Summer Academy and Music Legends & Heroes. We also offer adult programs such as The Emerging Artist Series, Master Class, and Sips & Stanzas. We‘re continuing to expand our reach and engagement to provide unique learning experiences for all ages.

Adult Programs

Sips & Stanzas

Sips & Stanzas is a unique experience where diverse, professionals meet, listen, and have interactive conversations with outstanding music leaders representing business, performance, media and other industry aspects all part of Nashville’s music scene.

As Nashville continues to grow and diversify its Music City brand, Sips & Stanzas is the event for professionals to socialize, engage and impact the growing awareness of Nashville, as well as learn about the latest NMAAM updates and integrate music/artists to provide an outlet for discussions about topics that impact the mission of NMAAM.

Join us each month for either a discussion regarding music and its impact on American culture, where attendees have an opportunity to interact with a visiting artist. Each event is scheduled in a different location and provides a new offering to learn about the music, musicians and the industry that has been shaped and influenced by truly remarkable people.

Emerging Artist Series (EAS)

The Emerging Artist Series serves as a platform to showcase the different experiences in Music City while also introducing emerging artists. The concert series will showcase the talent and impact African Americans have on American culture and feature musicians who embody cultural perspectives. These free concerts are combined with Sips & Stanzas into one monthly event.

Youth Programs

From Nothing to Something (FNTS)

This program is a series of one-hour workshops consisting of one of six musical presentations: Spoons, Harmonica, Cigar Box Guitars, Banjo and Washtub Bass. Programs on each instrument, led by artists, explore the musical history, techniques and other interesting stories/facts behind the instrument.

FNTS is designed to educate young people about how a group of people, from different cultures, created instruments from memories and limited resources. Replicas of these instruments were literally made out of nothing (household items or natural materials), and were used to create something wonderful – music!

Participants will learn how these hand made instruments influenced the development of different musical genres like Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop and more which created America’s music and culture. FNTS is offered year round through summer camps as well as through classrooms and groups. For more information, click here.

MET Summer Academy

The National Museum of African American Music and Choral Arts Link present The MET Summer Academy, which kicks off each year in mid-late June. It is a three-week choral retreat for public, private, charter, and home-schooled children, as well as students who participate in the MET Singers. Singers experience choral and vocal performance training, varieties of musical styles and tips from special guest artists from the National Museum of African American Music, Barbershop Harmony Society, the Nashville Symphony, Intersection CME and more! Click here for more information.

Music, Legends & Heroes

A unique experience where students have interactive conversations with outstanding artists and industry leaders. This program allows artists to share their stories of music making history with youth audiences. As a program organized and implemented by students, Music, Legends & Heroes objectives include:

  • Showcase youth leadership as well as presentation and project management skills in planning and implementing the program.
  • Gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical significance of music created and performed by African Americans.
  • Explore the social, economic, and cultural conditions present in American history for music to be created by African American people.