Passion high, deep for state-of-the-art music museum

Don Hardin

Don Hardin

Black music has been a cornerstone of American life since before this country was founded.

In just a short while, music lovers around the world will get to explore the many ways in which African Americans contributed to our country’s rich musical history. Opening in 2019, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is designed to encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences music creators have had on all genres of music from classical to country to jazz to hip hop.

What’s the best part?

The exploration and discovery will take place in a beautiful, 56,000 square foot facility set in the heart of Music City. NMAAM will be an anchor tenant within the new Fifth + Broad development in downtown Nashville.

I am fortunate to have managed the construction process up to this point, and I’ll continue to do so until completion. I’ll be there with everyone else who is invested in this process to celebrate when the Museum opens its doors.

The National Museum of African American Music is designed to invite and inspire visitors to learn more about how music legends of the past influenced today’s megastars.

The state-of-the-art facility is to boast interactive galleries and integrated technology to showcase how Black people have inspired people around the world as it relates to creating and performing music.

Over the past several months, I’ve met many people who have been anticipating the museum’s opening. Many have asked about the grand opening date. Some have inquired about its location. And all have learned more about the dynamic programs and events NMAAM offers ahead of moving into its physical space. Throughout all of the interactions, one thing is clear: everyone is excited to have a national museum of this caliber set in Nashville.

These are exciting times, indeed.

This museum is the only one of its kind. It will be the best place to experience American music through the filtered lens of how African Americans influenced it.

As a native Nashvillian, it is energizing to see so many people rallying around such a worthy cause.

I am honored to be a part of this process, and I cannot wait for all to experience what is in store for the National Museum of African American Music.