National Museum of African American Music

National Museum of African American Music Opening in early 2020, NMAAM will be the only museum dedicated to the countless contributions African Americans have made to American music. #theNMAAM
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Opening in early 2020, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will be the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music, NMAAM will encompass musical distinctions that reinforce the impact of African Americans across the country and around the world. It is because of these contributions that we have the ability to celebrate the many components of America’s music. Telling the comprehensive story of how African Americans have impacted music is a logical fit with Nashville’s Music City brand and will enhance her reputation as ‘the place’ for all things music.

Mission: The National Museum of African American Music will stand as an international iconic cultural museum dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music.

New Blog Alert! All week, we've highlighted Black women who rock. Our latest blog post offers an in-depth exploration of...
03/12/2020

New Blog Alert! All week, we've highlighted Black women who rock. Our latest blog post offers an in-depth exploration of just a few these dynamic artists. http://bit.ly/2wVAHJt

NMAAM's Road to Grand Opening continues. Have you planned your visit yet? Big thanks to Shine My Crown for sharing our s...
03/11/2020
National Museum of African American Music Preps Grand Opening

NMAAM's Road to Grand Opening continues. Have you planned your visit yet? Big thanks to Shine My Crown for sharing our story!

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is ready to open its doors after more than two decades in the making. The 56,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Nashvill…

Affectionately known as the Queen of Funk, Betty Davis ignited the music scene with her 1973 eponymous debut. Through he...
03/10/2020

Affectionately known as the Queen of Funk, Betty Davis ignited the music scene with her 1973 eponymous debut. Through her rock-centric arrangements, sexually assertive lyrics, and unapologetic command of her stage, Davis gave voice to women's independence, desires, and self-actualization. #TriviaTuesday #WomensHistoryMonth #HearMeRoar #NMAAM

Rock music is Black music, and Black women are essential to the history of rock n roll. Pioneers such as Sister Rosetta ...
03/09/2020

Rock music is Black music, and Black women are essential to the history of rock n roll. Pioneers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton paved the way for the likes of Tina Turner, Nona hendryx, Grace Jones, and Betty Davis; Joi Gilliam, Sandra St. Victor, and Cree Summer; Meshell Ndegeocello, Tracy Chapman Online, Brittany Howard and Skunk Anansie. #HearMeRoar #WomensHistoryMonth #NMAAM

For International Women's Day, join NMAAM in celebrating just a few of the women who've made a significant impact on the...
03/08/2020

For International Women's Day, join NMAAM in celebrating just a few of the women who've made a significant impact on the history of Black music. Emmy Award-winning producer Suzanne de Passe holds the distinction of discovering and developing the Jackson 5 and other top acts during her tenure with Motown Records, and executive produced 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.' She is the co-chairman of de Pass Jones Entertainment Group. #WomensHistoryMonth #HearMeRoar

In February, NMAAM partnered with BBOLD, Bridgestone Tires' African American employees network, to host Sips and Stanzas...
03/07/2020

In February, NMAAM partnered with BBOLD, Bridgestone Tires' African American employees network, to host Sips and Stanzas Presents: Music in Motion. The evening included sips and bites, networking, and an invigorating conversation about the intersection of music and sports featuring Tennessee Titans running back Khari Blasingame; CEO of RAW Performance Organization, Ryan White; Tennessee Titans SVP/Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer, Gil Beverly; Rashad"thaPoet" Fan Page; and Latres Jarrett, Commercial Sales Director, Bridgestone Tires. Check out highlights from Music in Motion, and stay tuned for details about this month's event! (photos courtesy 353 Media Group)

Tickets for NMAAM are on sale now! Visit http://bit.ly/2TCoMIf to plan your visit and reserve your tickets today.
03/06/2020

Tickets for NMAAM are on sale now! Visit http://bit.ly/2TCoMIf to plan your visit and reserve your tickets today.

Did you know? 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. We're excited to feature this historic group...
03/05/2020

Did you know? 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. We're excited to feature this historic group in NMAAM's Wade in the Water gallery, and look forward to celebrating with them at the 4th Annual Spring Sing featuring Ledisi this Sunday, March 8 at Ryman Auditorium!

The NMAAM Art, Beats + Lyrics auction is your chance to bid on an original piece of art by Dubelyoo Artist Page and supp...
03/05/2020

The NMAAM Art, Beats + Lyrics auction is your chance to bid on an original piece of art by Dubelyoo Artist Page and support the museum's Grand Opening. Visit http://bit.ly/2S4t4sB for more information about our partnership with Art, Beats + Lyrics and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, and to place your bid.

As president of Motown Records, Ethiopia Habtemariam revitalized the iconic label by signing some of the most prominent ...
03/03/2020

As president of Motown Records, Ethiopia Habtemariam revitalized the iconic label by signing some of the most prominent voices in hip-hop. Noted among the top women executives in the music industry, Habtemariam continues to uphold Berry Gordy's vision for Motown as the "Sound of Young America." #WomensHistoryMonth #HearMeRoar #NMAAM

It's time to plan your visit to NMAAM. Tickets are on sale now! Go to http://bit.ly/38ifBC0 to purchase.
03/03/2020
National Museum of African American Music | One Nation Under a Groove

It's time to plan your visit to NMAAM. Tickets are on sale now! Go to http://bit.ly/38ifBC0 to purchase.

DONATE BLACK MUSIC MONTH RIVERS OF RHYTHM Scheduled to open in Downtown Nashville in Summer 2020, the National museum of African American Music will be a 56,000-square-foot facility that will encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences that composers have had on all genres of....

NMAAM celebrates Women's History Month with Hear Me Roar!, a month-long salute to Black women in music. From recording a...
03/02/2020

NMAAM celebrates Women's History Month with Hear Me Roar!, a month-long salute to Black women in music. From recording artists to executives, we're paying tribute to the dynamic divas who've left an indelible mark on American music. #WomensHistoryMonth #HearMeRoar #NMAAM

ATTN #NMAAM Members! Check your email today for a very important announcement. 🗣🗣🗣
02/28/2020

ATTN #NMAAM Members! Check your email today for a very important announcement. 🗣🗣🗣

Hip-hop newcomer Noname has made a name for herself as an emcee, poet, and producer. The Chicago native's provocative or...
02/28/2020

Hip-hop newcomer Noname has made a name for herself as an emcee, poet, and producer. The Chicago native's provocative original songs cover a range of topics, from gentrification to Black womanhood. In 2019, she launched Noname's Book Club, aimed at celebrating writers and book lovers of color. #NMAAM #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise

Rock n roll pioneer Fats Domino was born on this day in 1928 in New Orleans, LA. #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise #NMAAM
02/26/2020

Rock n roll pioneer Fats Domino was born on this day in 1928 in New Orleans, LA. #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise #NMAAM

Hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle devoted his life to music and activism, using his reach and influence to advocate for econo...
02/25/2020

Hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle devoted his life to music and activism, using his reach and influence to advocate for economic empowerment and social justice. Nip's passion for technology led to his investment in STEM education programs targeting Black and Latinx youth in South LA, and he was personally involved in a number of projects aimed at revitalizing underserved LA communities, addressing gun violence, and creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. #TriviaTuesday #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise #NMAAM

Although she began her career performing in supper clubs, Abbey Lincoln established herself as one of the premiere voice...
02/21/2020

Although she began her career performing in supper clubs, Abbey Lincoln established herself as one of the premiere voices in jazz and became a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Lincoln's landmark collaboration with then-husband Max Roach, "We Insist!," served as a pivotal moment for her music as she shifted from a repertoire of jazz standards to works that centered social justice. #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise #NMAAM

The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, was born on this day in 1933. Though she began her career with the goal of bein...
02/21/2020

The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, was born on this day in 1933. Though she began her career with the goal of being the first African American classical artist to play Carnegie Hall, Ms. Simone turned her voice and her piano into a platform for activism. Songs like "Mississippi Goddamn" and her rendition of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" reinforced her lifelong commitment to use her music to reflect the political and social urgencies of the time. #NMAAM #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth

This time tomorrow evening, we'll be at Events At 624 discussing the intersection of music and sports at Sips and Stanza...
02/20/2020

This time tomorrow evening, we'll be at Events At 624 discussing the intersection of music and sports at Sips and Stanzas Presents: Music in Motion. Will you be there? http://bit.ly/2wk5gZ3

One of the undisputed greatest songwriters, composers, and singers of all time and a true living legend, Smokey Robinson...
02/19/2020

One of the undisputed greatest songwriters, composers, and singers of all time and a true living legend, Smokey Robinson was born on this day in 1940. Happy birthday, Smokey!

NMAAM is set to open Labor Day weekend! Become a member today and stay up to date on our Grand Opening, general ticket s...
02/18/2020

NMAAM is set to open Labor Day weekend! Become a member today and stay up to date on our Grand Opening, general ticket sales, and special events. nmaam.org/membership

Happy birthday to Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison, born on this day in 1931 in Lorain, OH. As one ...
02/18/2020

Happy birthday to Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison, born on this day in 1931 in Lorain, OH. As one of her best-known works, the 1992 novel, 'Jazz,' set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, is notable for the ways in which Morrison used musical concepts to develop the book's narrative style. The cadence of the characters' dialogue, as well as words and images used to describe the book's scenes, come together to create a literary experience steeped in jazz's rhythms and emotions. #TriviaTuesday #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise

Happy birthday to songwriter and composer Brian Holland. As part of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland trio, Holland wrote...
02/15/2020

Happy birthday to songwriter and composer Brian Holland. As part of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland trio, Holland wrote, arranged, and produced a slew of hits for Motown, including The Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)." #NMAAM #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth

NMAAM's president and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks and senior curator Dr. Dina Bennett recently appeared on FOX 7 Austin to d...
02/15/2020
The National Museum of African American Music opens this summer

NMAAM's president and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks and senior curator Dr. Dina Bennett recently appeared on FOX 7 Austin to discuss the museum's historic significance and share the inside scoop on what visitors can expect when we open this summer. http://bit.ly/2UNU55h

Scheduled to open in downtown Nashville in Summer 2020, the National Museum of African American Music will encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences that composers have had on all genres of music. H. Beecher Hicks, III, the president and CEO of the museum, and Dr. Dina Benne...

Artist and activist Michael Franti of Michael Franti and Spearhead has long used music to raise consciousness, raise vib...
02/14/2020

Artist and activist Michael Franti of Michael Franti and Spearhead has long used music to raise consciousness, raise vibration, and raise the roof. Following in the footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron, Bob Marley, and The Last Poets, Franti tackles topics such as police brutality, HIV/AIDS, and poverty in his songs while simultaneously offering messages of hope, peace, and love. #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth #NMAAM

Our next Sips and Stanzas is coming up on Thursday, Feb. 20! Join NMAAM, in partnership with BBOLD, Bridgestone Tires' B...
02/12/2020

Our next Sips and Stanzas is coming up on Thursday, Feb. 20! Join NMAAM, in partnership with BBOLD, Bridgestone Tires' Black/African American Employee Resource Group, for a lively discussion about the unique relationship between music and sports, and how influential artists and athletes are using their platforms to push for social justice and connect communities across the globe. RSVP at http://bit.ly/39U1Vzd.

Happy birthday to actor, comedian, and late-night host, Arsenio Hall! The iconic 'Arsenio Hall Show,' which aired from 1...
02/12/2020

Happy birthday to actor, comedian, and late-night host, Arsenio Hall! The iconic 'Arsenio Hall Show,' which aired from 1989-1994, championed emerging and established hip-hop and R&B artists, and became an instant pop culture phenomenon when guests such as then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and superstar Whitney Houston joined Arsenio on the couch. #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth

Blues artist Big Bill Broonzy is considered one of the most important post WWI-era musicians. His compositions such as "...
02/11/2020

Blues artist Big Bill Broonzy is considered one of the most important post WWI-era musicians. His compositions such as "When Will I Get to Be Called a Man" and "Black, Brown, and White" tackled the racism and injustice Black veterans experienced upon their return from the war as they attempted to secure housing and employment after serving. http://bit.ly/2HaAlk7 #TriviaTuesday #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth

Opera great Leontyne Price was born on this day in Laurel, MS in 1927. The dynamic soprano's groundbreaking performance ...
02/10/2020

Opera great Leontyne Price was born on this day in Laurel, MS in 1927. The dynamic soprano's groundbreaking performance in Puccini's 'Tosca' was the first leading opera role by an African American to be broadcast on television. Price also holds the distinction of being the first African American to headline the Metropolitan Opera. #NMAAM #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth

Name a better duo than art and music. We'll wait. In the meantime, go to http://bit.ly/2S4t4sB to bid for your chance t...
02/09/2020

Name a better duo than art and music. We'll wait. In the meantime, go to http://bit.ly/2S4t4sB to bid for your chance to win "Radio City 2," the original piece by Dwayne "Dubelyoo" Wright available now through NMAAM's Arts, Beats + Lyrics Art Auction in partnership with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and @ArtBeatsandLyrics. All proceeds benefit NMAAM's Grand Opening.

Known for their mellifluous harmonies and otherworldly vocal arrangements, Sweet Honey in the Rock blends gospel, soul, ...
02/07/2020

Known for their mellifluous harmonies and otherworldly vocal arrangements, Sweet Honey in the Rock blends gospel, soul, jazz, and folk to inspire spiritual renewal and revolution, and to advocate for social justice. #MakeNoise #BlackHistoryMonth #NMAAM

Today marks the 75th birthday of renowned reggae artist, Bob Marley. Beloved for his catalogue of songs with messages of...
02/06/2020

Today marks the 75th birthday of renowned reggae artist, Bob Marley. Beloved for his catalogue of songs with messages of love, peace, and unity, Marley unapologetically tackled racism, colonialism, poverty, and injustice in his music throughout his career. #NMAAM #MakeNoise #BHM

NMAAM's Arts, Beats + Lyrics Art Auction is underway in partnership with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Art, Beats + ...
02/05/2020

NMAAM's Arts, Beats + Lyrics Art Auction is underway in partnership with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Art, Beats + Lyrics! Place your bid for a chance to win "Radio City 2," an original work by AB+L curator Dwayne "Dubelyoo" Wright of Cult Creative. All proceeds benefit NMAAM's Grand Opening. For complete details and to bid, visit http://bit.ly/2S4t4sB.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskeegee, AL. Mrs. Parks made history in 1955 when she...
02/04/2020

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskeegee, AL. Mrs. Parks made history in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking what would become the Montgomery Bus Boycott. #BlackHistoryMonth #MakeNoise #NMAAM

Rev. Charles Albert Tindley is recognized as a prolific hymnist and composer, and founder of one of the largest African ...
02/04/2020

Rev. Charles Albert Tindley is recognized as a prolific hymnist and composer, and founder of one of the largest African American Methodist congregations in the United States. #TriviaTuesday #BHM #MakeNoise

Happy birthday to former Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards.
02/03/2020

Happy birthday to former Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards.

February is #BlackHistoryMonth, and for this year's celebration NMAAM is ready to Make Noise! Follow us all month long a...
02/03/2020

February is #BlackHistoryMonth, and for this year's celebration NMAAM is ready to Make Noise! Follow us all month long as we share the music, moments, and artists who #MakeNoise for social justice and to inspire change.

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Administrative Offices: 618 Church St., Suite 130
Nashville, TN
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