With approximately 60% of the $45 million project costs committed, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) construction is expected to begin in 2017 and open to the public in 2019.

National Museum of African American Music Opening in 2019

Across the United States, museums have been erected to honor individual musicians, commemorate record labels and memorialize singular musical genres. However, a museum that celebrates the richness of African American music and its impact on the human experience does not currently exist. A simple idea to tell the story of the origins of American music has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music.

NMAAM: We’re Getting Started!

At the end of March 2015, Mayor Karl Dean announced development plans for the former Nashville Convention Center site to include the future home of NMAAM. We are honored to be part of this mixed-use project, touted as the gateway to Music City. The National Museum of African American Music will complete the Music City brand and diversify Nashville’s music scene, solidifying and ensuring the attention of tourists for generations to come!

Anticipated timeline as follows:

2Q 2017 Demolition Commences
3Q 2017 Groundbreaking
4Q 2018 Exterior Shell Complete
1Q 2019 Exhibition Installation Commences
2Q 2019 Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Economic Impact

NMAAM’s story is essential in many ways. While the concept was to marry the celebration and preservation of African American music, a significant aspect of the project is the projected economic impact. As an educational facility, national tourist destination and economic development engine for Middle Tennessee, NMAAM will be a vibrant museum where the youth, artists, and families will find creative and cultural inspiration.

A state-of-the-art performance hall will offer films, lectures, and concerts from local to international artists. A library will house a vital repository of digitally mastered African American music and classrooms. A boutique café and store will provide additional ways for the community and visitors to enjoy their visit.

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