Dear Members and Advocates for Music composed, arranged and/or performed by African Americans.
I welcome you to the National Association of Negro Musicians Incorporated’s website and to our world of music. We are celebrating the 102-year history of preserving and performing music from our Black experiences. Our first virtual Convention 2021 which was held in the City of brotherly love and sisterly affection, Philadelphia, was an exciting moment in our great history. I am truly thankful to all of you who attended that Convention. The number of registered members and non-members exceeded our wildest expectation. We trust that the 2022 Convention, which originates in Atlanta, will take place in real time. All of us so
look forward to an end of this pandemic which continues to be a barrier and separates us from the human touch. NANM will continue to be intentional in its presentations and in the development of ALL genres of music. These include, but are not limited to, the blues, jazz, Spirituals, hymns, Gospel, classical music and musical theater. With the recognition of all of our music let us provide even greater attention to the Negro Spiritual which speaks to the soul, articulates our American history, and keeps our legacy alive.
NANM aims for growth in the adult, collegiate, youth and junior memberships, for excellence in our year ‘round programs, and diversity at every level of musical endeavor. It appreciates the positive and productive ideas flowing throughout the Regions. Additionally, NANM is confident in its ability to mobilize, to augment a myriad of technological platforms to support the vision, mission and musical goals.
Please look forward to and plan well in advance for the 2022 NANM National Convention which will be held in Atlanta, GA, July 11-13, 2022. Also, announce the woodwinds, brass and percussion scholarship competition opportunities to young people between the ages of 18 and 30, to the end that they will apply online before the January 7, 2022 deadline. Join us and encourage others to attend our next Convention in Atlanta celebrating 103 years. Everyone should attend another stellar Convention.
Undoubtedly, we still have work to do, starting here and now. NANM cannot go backwards or stay here. It must move forward. Keep the faith! Stay well and be safe.
Thank you for your continued support.
Anne-Marie Hudley Simmons
National President, NANM, Inc.