Voice & Viewpoint Newswire
This month, Nashville, Tennessee’s National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) made music virtually available for everyone across the country to enjoy. NMAAM recently kicked off a year-long celebration with a variety of digital experiences and educational programming including: From Nothing to Something, along with Sips and Stanzas, the My Music Matters interview series and the Fine Tuning Masterclasses.
Its previously scheduled grand opening for Labor Day weekend 2020 was delayed due to ongoing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. Once it opens later this fall, it will be the only museum dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the central role African Americans have played in shaping American music. The museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to honor Black musical heroes of the past and the present.
In the meantime, the public will be able to engage and interact with NMAAM via the museum’s website and social media channels. NMAAM will also soon offer virtual tours of the museum and digital sneak peaks of selected items in its collection of artifacts.
NMAAM guests will be immersed in generations of musical history created and inspired by African Americans. The museum features seven content galleries—six permanent and one rotating—that chronicle Black musical traditions from the 1600s to the present day. More than 50 genres and sub-genres of American music are explored from spirituals and gospel, to jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, and more. For more information, visit www.blackmusicmuseum.org or https://nmaam.org.