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Amazon Donates $1 Million to National Museum of African American Music

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New Nashville venue will host ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 18.

Amazon has donated $1 million to the National Museum of African American Music.

The Nashville-based museum will host its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, with galleries opening to the public later in the month. Amazon will also be involved in the opening festivities.

“There is a rich tapestry of stories to be told within the walls of NMAAM, and the museum does an extraordinary job of making them vibrant and accessible,” said Courtney Ross, Amazon’s senior manager of external affairs in Nashville, in a statement announcing the gift. “We are excited to play a part in bringing them to life and contributing to the music education of the Nashville community.”

NMAAM president H. Beecher Hicks III stated, “Amazon’s gracious contribution to the museum is an investment not only in our mission, but also in the greater Nashville music community. The museum tells a story that is meant to be experienced, not just learned, and it is through partnerships like these that we are able to provide that to our patrons.”

"A Soundtrack for All: Amazon STEAM Days" and "The Best of Theater" are among the music education initiatives being launched through Amazon’s $1 million gift. The first initiative (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) will sponsor local schools’ field trips to the museum as part of Amazon’s goal to build a collaborative learning environment. The second refers to the theater venue located inside the museum that will stage live performances and other events.

“We are grateful that Amazon has embraced the Nashville community and is committed to expanding opportunities and access for our students,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Understanding and experiencing the deep cultural impact of African Americans on all genres of music through NMAAM will be sure to enrich the educations and lives of our students.”

Added David Bozeman, vp of Amazon transportation services, “We are especially proud that Amazon’s partnership will mean more young people and students can access the museum and additional educational enrichment. The intersection of the creative class of musicians with science and technology will continue to give all Nashvillians an amazing opportunity to learn and educate.”

For more information about the museum and when tickets will become available, visit NMAAM.org