Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt and veteran producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are among the trailblazers who will be feted when the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) hosts My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends. The third annual luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville on May 6.
Also being honored: gospel singer Pastor Shirley Caesar and TV One/Radio One’s chairperson Cathy Hughes and president/CEO Alfred Liggins III. The My Music Matters honorees were announced live this morning (March 15) via Periscope by NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III and Recording Academy chapter presidents Dyana Williams (Philadelphia) and Shannon Sanders (Nashville).
Williams and Sanders will also co-host the May 6 luncheon, one of several events comprising My Music Matters Week in Nashville. These include concerts coming to Music City that week featuring Floetry (City Winery, May 4), Beyoncé (Nissan Stadium, May 5) and the Isley Brothers with the Nashville Symphony (May 8); an invitation-only think tank to discuss the state of black music (May 6-7) and Black Music Honors, a first-ever My Music Matters awards program being taped for television on May 7 and airing in June.
My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon — with presenting sponsor the Renaissance Hotel –serves as the premier fundraising event for the National Museum of African American Music’s educational programs and community outreach. The Nashville museum is slated to open in 2018.
For ticket information and updates about the luncheon, visit NMAAM.org.