National Blues Museum | St. Louis, MO

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According to their Mission Statement:

The National Blues Museum explores and preserves the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation for American music, celebrates the genre’s various styles, and recognizes the musicians who created, sustain and advance the art form.

As the new, national home for America’s original music, the National Blues Museum will tell the story of Blues as the foundation of American music and showcase its role in the creation of musical genres ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to hip hop. The NBM will celebrate the genre’s myriad styles and pay tribute to the musicians who created, sustain and continue to advance the art form. The 23,000-square foot facility, targeted for opening in 2014, will feature technology and artifact-driven exhibits, a theater and special event space.

In addition, the National Blues Museum will offer a variety of public programs including acoustic performances, lectures, screenings of documentaries/films, and Q&A sessions with national artists and music industry professionals. According to their website, some of the programs under consideration include, quote:

  • Up Close – Artist workshops, seminars and Q&A sessions with industry icons
  • An Evening With – Intimate performances from nationally renowned artists
  • From The Roots – Acoustic performances & historical discussions of various genres
  • Let’s Talk Blues – A series of lectures & panel discussions with Blues historians
  • Music Masters – Immersive music instruction, recording tutorials & industry seminars
  • How’d We Get Here – The connection between Blues, Rock & Hip Hop
  • On The Road To The Blues – Traveling author series
  • Caught On Film – Film series featuring documentaries, feature and concert films

In addition, the facility’s educational programming will include both onsite and in-classroom opportunities to explore the history of Blues music and its influence on rock and roll, hip hop, jazz, gospel, and R&B. Once again, according to NBM’s website, education will include a number of local, regional and and national community initiatives, including but not limited to, quote:

  • Equip area teachers with resources that connect students and the music of today with America’s rich musical heritage.
  • Provide opportunities for youth and families to enrich their appreciation of music within an educational setting.
  • Inspire youth to pursue post-secondary education and professional careers in music and expose them to the many facets of the music and entertainment industries.
  • Increase access to music programs in underprivileged communities and provide additional resources for music education in schools.
  • Lead the movement to increase music education in schools and communities.
  • Explore American history through the various regional Blues music genres that were born in the 20th century.
  • Address issues like race, diversity, culture, and interdisciplinary studies through the Blues and highlight worldwide contributions made by African-Americans.
  • Provide avenues for the exploration of history, sociology and the various musical genres that sprang from the Blues.

Those who are interested can donate to the future museum in two ways, directly to the National Blues Museum Fund or through The Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues whose purpose is to acknowledge the elders of the blues. See Here for further details.

For more information, visit www.nationalbluesmuseum.org.

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Image sources: nationalbluesmuseum.org