In advance of its fourth annual Legends Luncheon on June 1, the National Museum of African-American Music (NMAAM) will break ground for its long-anticipated formal residence at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville. The April 18 ceremony will take place at Bridgestone Pavilion, followed by a private reception. NMAAM is expected to be completed by first quarter 2020.
“The National Museum of African American Music is the story of the American soundtrack; one that fits perfectly into the narrative of Nashville’s Music City brand,” NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III tells Billboard. “We’re proud to be entrusted to tell a story so important to the fabric of our country. As Bruno Mars recently said [in an interview with Latina magazine], ‘Black music is what gives America its swag.’ We look forward to celebrating the more than 50 genres of music created, influenced or inspired by African Americans.”