Funding Opportunities

National Museum of African American Music Funds

NMAAM is a premier global destination and Nashville cultural treasure just two miles from our campus. 

Collaboration between Vanderbilt University and NMAAM aim to support educational experiences and research opportunities that highlight the rich contributions of African American composers, performers and supporters. One component of this partnership are the grant opportunities for archival acquisitions and campus programming explained below.

More information on VU's partnership with NMAAM can be found on the Community Relations Website.

Archive Fund

Academic Archive Purchasing Fund

NMAAM partners with the university’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries to support an expanded collection of books, scores, sound recordings, and material objects related to African American music.  This collection will be available for loan, display, and study at the museum and will also serve as an important resource for scholarly research on Vanderbilt’s campus. Faculty are invited to submit collection acquisition requests, which will require collaboration with a university librarian and a museum representative.  Contact Claire Campbell in the Office of the Provost for more information. Collections already acquired through the NMAAM partnership include those of musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Rissi Palmer.



Arts, Discovery, and Innovation Fund

Vanderbilt’s long-term partnership with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) aims to enrich educational and research opportunities around African American music and culture and their intersection with other arts (literary, performance, and visual cultures), history, law, and social justice/movements. The partnership includes collaborative programming between Vanderbilt and the museum that will necessarily enhance processes of discovery and innovation in the arts.

All full-time, VU-employed staff and Provost-reporting faculty and staff are eligible to partner with the museum on innovative projects. In an effort to foster interdisciplinary and cross-college/school synergies, collaborations must include at least two faculty members from different colleges/schools (Arts & Science, Blair, Divinity, Law) and a museum representative. Faculty from different colleges/schools may also seek out collaboration with the Curb Center. All proposals nonetheless require a museum representative, and applicants should reach out to the museum at before applying. Proposals must also include a strategy for student and community engagement. Teams and groups are welcome to apply. The funding opportunity is open to all disciplines, with award amounts not to exceed $10,000. The deadline for submissions for fall programs is October 14th, 2022. The deadline for submissions for spring programs is February 17th. All programming must occur during the academic year. While one-time program proposals are eligible, sustained (semester and year-long) thematic programming is also encouraged.

For questions about the Arts, Discovery, and Innovation Fund, please contact Claire Campbell in the Office of the Vice Provost for Arts and Libraries.