Lower Broadway has not historically been an inviting place for the city’s Black musicians. But there are efforts underway to change that.
The National Museum of African American Music drew crowds from Harlem, Atlanta and all around Tennessee for its inaugural Juneteenth Block Party on the rooftop of the Fifth and Broadway development in Downtown Nashville.
Students at five Metro Nashville public high schools will be mentored in songwriting and business by emerging Black country artists. The education arm of the Country Music Association is teaming up with the National Museum of African American Music.
The pandemic is the latest reason the long-awaited National Museum of African American Music is delaying its opening in downtown Nashville. But in the meantime, the museum has been working on a shareable curriculum that is suddenly arriving at just the right time.
The National Museum of African American Music just received one of its largest donations yet. The Music City Center is giving $6 million to the yet-to-be-opened museum, which will be located on the former site of the convention center.
Listen The National Museum of African American Music is finally beginning to take shape. After nearly two decades, construction is under way on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Meanwhile, organizers are gathering hundreds of artifacts and designing exhibits for the museum’s expected launch next year.