In advance of its fourth annual Legends Luncheon on June 1, the National Museum of African-American Music (NMAAM) will break ground for its long-anticipated formal residence at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville. The April 18 ceremony will take place at Bridgestone Pavilion, followed by a private reception. NMAAM is expected to be completed by first quarter 2020.
“The National Museum of African American Music is the story of the American soundtrack; one that fits perfectly into the narrative of Nashville’s Music City brand,” NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III tells Billboard. “We’re proud to be entrusted to tell a story so important to the fabric of our country. As Bruno Mars recently said [in an interview with Latina magazine], ‘Black music is what gives America its swag.’ We look forward to celebrating the more than 50 genres of music created, influenced or inspired by African Americans.”
NMAAM’s 2017 Legends Luncheon will honor artists Patti LaBelle and Kirk Franklin, artist/producer Teddy Riley and songwriter/producer David Porter on June 1 at Nashville’s City Winery.
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SOURCE: Billboard, Gail Mitchell