Sip and Stanzas

This monthly program offers a deeper dive into all things music and culture, with a panel of featured museum and academic experts, artists, and industry insiders.


Sips and Stanzas Presents: The Brazen and Brilliant Julius Eastman.

New York native Julius Eastman’s legacy is one shrouded in both mystery and glamour. Known for composing works that defiantly affirmed his identity as an African American and as a gay man, his music has been described as wild, grand, delirious, and demonic. Years after his death, his manuscripts have resurfaced and have garnered much attention as an incomplete, but compelling collection of scores and readings.

On Thursday, April 15, NMAAM’s Sips & Stanzas celebrates one of the most engaging and enigmatic composers in modern history. Tune in at 7PM CDT/8PM EDT for a virtual concert live from The Roots theater inside the museum, followed by a conversation about Julius Eastman’s life and work.

Sips and Stanzas Presents R.E.S.P.E.C.T HERSTORY: The Genius of Aretha Franklin

NMAAM’s Sips & Stanzas pays tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. HERSTORY: The Genius of Aretha Franklin. Join us Weds., March 24 (the eve of Ms. Franklin’s birthday) at 4:30PM CDT/5:30PM EDT as we go behind the scenes with Emmy Award winner Patrice Covington and Drama Desk and GRAMMY Award winner Rebecca Naomi Jones, who co-star alongside Cynthia Erivo in National Geographic’s limited series, ‘Genius: Aretha.

Say It Loud! A Virtual Artist Showcase

Sam Cooke declared a change was gonna come. Gil Scott-Heron told us the revolution would not be televised. Beyoncé cried out for freedom, and Aretha Franklin taught us to demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T on every occasion.
NMAAM is the place where Black music is preserved, celebrated, and elevated every day of the year. But during #BlackHistoryMonth, we turned it up a bit and celebrated the artists whose songs have become the soundtrack of Black excellence.

Replay: Dear Music City

Back in August, Nashville Music Equality invited NMAAM curator Dr. Steven Lewis to lead an extraordinary conversation about the history of Nashville and the origins of Music City from a distinctly African American perspective. This presentation was part of a larger series created to encourage inclusion and fight against racism, in partnership with CMT, the Academy of Country Music, NMAAM, and Quinton Digital.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

During a time in which many are electing to remain indoors and practice social distancing, DJs are using their social and digital media spaces to host virtual clubs, curate exclusive playlists, and provide an overall entertaining experience and well-needed distraction for a virtual audience.

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Moguls Behind the Music

NMAAM celebrates Black music year-round, and Black Music Month is a time to commemorate the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make towards defining American music culture. We took this conversation even further with the Sips & Stanzas event, Moguls Behind the Music.

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HALO, Inc.

NMAAM invited you to join our monthly Sips & Stanzas event which featured the HALO Quartet/HALO, Incorporated

Founded by the first quartet of African American singers to compete on the international contest stage of any major barbershop organizations, Harmony’s African American Legacy Organization (HALO) pairs transformative melodies with community-oriented therapeutic interventions to engage their audience in constructive dialogue concerning socio-political issues–especially those pertaining to race.

A Conversation with Alice Randall

NMAAM welcomed New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed scholar, and award-winning songwriter Alice Randall for Sips & Stanzas Presents Black Bottom Saints: A Conversation with Alice Randall. Join us for an intimate talk with this Detroit-born, Nashville-based novelist.

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