Opening in 2019

A simple idea to tell the story of the origins of American music has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).

Be a part of history.

We need your help to reach our goal. Your support is the foundation for the Museum's success in the future.

Opening in 2019

A simple idea to tell the story of the origins of American music has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).

Be a part of history.

We need your help to reach our goal. Your support is the foundation for the Museum's success in the future.

Opening in 2019

A simple idea to tell the story of the origins of American music has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).

Be a part of history.

We need your help to reach our goal. Your support is the foundation for the Museum's success in the future.

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T.I. Gets Personal on His Tenth Studio Album

October 11, 2018

Trap music is another layer that makes America’s soundtrack. It’s referred to as a brand of southern street hustler rap, featuring synthesizer sounds, booming bass and 808 drums. The...

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Leon Bridges Tour

8:00pm, September 20

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Rivers of Rhythm

NMAAM announced Rivers of Rhythm®, its first-ever digital exhibition, during this important month-long observance. This first-of-its-kind digital exhibition strategically connects NMAAM to a national conversation that honors the roots of American music.

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Black Music Month

Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music.

Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.

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