The influence that African Americans have had on the arts, music, culture and community in Tennessee and around the country is rich, diverse and undeniable. From the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Bessie Smith, DeFord Bailey and Jimi Hendrix to Tina Turner, Usher and Arrested Development, Tennessee can truly be considered the crossroads of American music.

Following in the tradition of Jefferson and Beale Streets and the undeniable inuence of Stax Records, WLAC’s fifty thousand watts of broadcasting power and Nashville’s Night Train television show, black music was all the rage in our nation long before there was a Soul Train and digital downloads. This rich history propels The National Museum of African American Music forward, as we will plan to open in Music City in late 2019.

What is the Baron Society?

NMAAM’s Baron Society is a major gifts society consisting of African American donors in honor of Club Baron, one of the many night clubs along Nashville’s Jefferson Street. Club Baron once featured the best in musical talent of the day and embodied the drive, excellence and creativity of African Americans across the nation. NMAAM is seeking your support in providing a leadership gift that will demonstrate our collective commitment to making the Museum come to life and tell a story, never before told.

Paying homage to the community and the music that clubs along Nashville’s Jefferson Street and Charlotte Avenue created, the National Museum of African American Music has developed an exclusive opportunity to honor the creativity, ability, success and innovation that lends itself to cutting edge music and entrepreneurship. Places like the Club Baron, Del Morocco and The Modern Era conformed to no music models of that time. Instead, they created their own path, their own way. It was a time when club owners let young entertainers make a name for themselves with the sounds of R&B, Blues and Jazz falling out into the streets.

Though the names from that era may have dimmed from once bright marquis, the legacy of promise, hope and determination is apparent with generous gifts made by those who commit and become lead donors through the Baron Society. Contributions will assist NMAAM in constructing the institution that will educate the world about the impact of African American music on American culture. Contact our Sr. Director of Development, LoLita Toney at or at 615-301-8724, for additional information on becoming a donor.


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