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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Jazz Pioneer Buddy Bolden’s Story Heads to the Big Screen

February 14, 2019

Jazz music is another layer of the foundation of America’s soundtrack. Charles “Buddy” Bolden is said to be the first musician to ever play jazz music, but whether he...

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NMAAM: Fine Tuning Master Series

4:00pm, February 23

At 4:00pm at Bongo East, Shannon Sanders and Shawn Whitsell offer a blended writing, performance, and feedback workshop as part of NMAAM’s Fine Tuning Master series. Fine Tuning is...

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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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