NMAAM RECEIVES $1 MILLION DONATION
The National Museum of African American Music will open its doors in the heart of downtown Nashville later this year. Tuesday, a joint gift of $1 Million was donated towards the museum’s construction from the Regions Foundation and the Mike Curb Foundation. It’s a major step forward for the new first-of-its-kind museum, which will feature ambitious and evolving displays in tribute to America’s most dynamic and transformative African-American artists and movements. Through galleries, exhibitions, and artifacts, the museum will educate, preserve, and celebrate the rich influence African American’s have made on America’s music.
Nashville Mayor David Briley was among the community leaders there Tuesday for the check presentation.
“I’m a white man who grew up in this city and just only recently did I learn that the name ‘Music City’ did not come from Music Row but came from Fisk University. It came from a visit of the Jubilee singers to England many many years ago, that’s where the moniker came from.”
In honor of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the impact they’ve made on Music City, museum visitors will see the “Fisk Jubilee Singers” name at the Broadway entrance. The donations made Tuesday put the museum in closer reach of its nearly $50-million fundraising goal, with only about 15-percent more to go.