Back in 2002, members of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce proposed the idea of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) as a way to celebrate and preserve the influence of African Americans have on music.
They hoped to provide residents and visitors of Music City with diverse cultural offerings. To determine if the idea was feasible, the Chamber established a task force.
The purpose was to gauge not only interest but to explore the possibility of creating this project right here in Nashville, Tennessee.The research concluded and agreed that Music City needed to incorporate a site that attracted more African American conventions and visitors.
Moreover, it would entice people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to learn and experience a unique musical and cultural perspective that only Nashville can offer.