National Museum of African American Music

Vanderbilt’s long-term partnership with the National Museum of African American Music aims to enrich educational and research opportunities around the musical legacy of African American composers, performers and supporters and their impact on American culture and musical history.

Academic Archive Purchasing Fund

Included in the partnership with the museum is a collaboration 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.

Joint Guest Lectures and Events

Vanderbilt, in collaboration with the museum, will host speaker events that will include prominent guest lecturers, panel discussions and performances. Departments, centers, schools and colleges across campus will host events to encourage the broadest engagement by faculty, students and staff. The event component will launch after the museum opens and when university events resume.

Additional Engagement Opportunities

The university and museum also envision future faculty research endeavors and Immersion Vanderbilt projects for undergraduate students that may be designed around museum holdings and ongoing collaborations between the many university classes that reflect the museum’s repertoire.[vumedia id=”349″ type=”grid”]

For more information about the program or the proposal process contact:

Annie Hornung
Program Coordinator

Key Dates

  • Awards announced: monthly