The National Museum of African American Music is one step closer to opening. Today, the museum announced it has received a joint gift of $1 million from the Regions Foundation and the Mike Curb Foundation.
It was news that had representatives from all three organizations literally dancing to Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove,” over-sized checks in hand, reports the Tennessean. With each foundation contributing $500,000, the museum reports it has reached nearly 75 percent of its fundraising goal of $50 million. The museum is part of $450 million Fifth + Broadway commercial development in downtown Nashville, and is dedicated to “preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music.”
The announcement was made at Bridgestone Arena, which is just across the street from the museum’s future home. Museum and foundation representatives were joined by Senator Marsha Blackburn, state Sen. Brenda Gilmore and Nashville Mayor David Briley, among other officials. Tuesday’s announcement also included a new opening date of “early 2020,” rather than late 2019. The museum still plans to finish construction by the end of the year.