A scholarship program and exhibition dedicated to black music executives will now be part of the mission of the National Museum of African-American Music, thanks to a recently announced partnership with Sony Music Group.
The announcement comes days before the Jan. 18 grand opening at the museum, located in downtown Nashville.
First, the Sony Music Scholars Black Music Certification and Scholarship Program plans to “introduce students to the music industry through the prism of African American history and culture,” according to the press release, and will partner with the museum for a program, course and certification.
The company will also support the “Business Behind the Music” exhibition, featuring black executives, labels and publishers, with “one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date collections of the genre”.
SMG claims to be the first music company “to support the mission and values of the museum before it opens”.
Earlier this week, Amazon announced a $ 1 million donation to the museum for educational initiatives and a secondary theater.
The museum’s ribbon cutting takes place Monday at the museum entrance at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue.
Members of NMAAM will be able to visit the museum during the “Membership Insight Weekend” on January 23-24. The museum is open to the public on Saturday, January 30, with guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.