Nashville is known for its musical roots in various genres including country and bluegrass. Now, the city is honoring contributions from Black musicians over the decades with the arrival of the National Museum of African American Music set to open in January 2021.
The project first broke ground back in April 2017. Once opened, the museum will be the only institution dedicated to the contributions of African American musicians to all genres of music over the decades in the country.
“NMAAM is complete! We have been preparing for this day for more than 20 years, but this museum has actually been more than 400 years in the making,” said NMAAM president and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III in a press statement sent to BLACK ENTERPRISE.
We look forward to welcoming music lovers from around the world to this magnificent cultural experience. We also want to thank the thousands of people who have supported us along the way, as we prepare to celebrate the history of African American music, which truly is the soundtrack of our nation.”
The museum will be working with corporate partners like Tivo and Under Armour to bring the interactive experience to life.
“Through our partnership with the museum, we’ve documented thousands of musicians, categorized by their sounds and styles,” said Allen Schrott, senior director of Music Products for TiVo/Xperi in the statement. “We hope visitors will enjoy learning about the expansive roster of ground-breaking artists who have influenced some of today’s biggest hit-makers.”
The museum will officially open its doors on Martin Luther King Day with a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Nashville. COVID-19 regulations will allow the museum to give entry to a limited number of visitors on weekends until the public health crisis is contained. Mask and face-covering will be required for entrance.