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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is proud to announce the appointment of the museum’s first Music Industry Relations Committee (MIRC) of the Board of Directors. Eighteen individuals representing all avenues of the music industry have been selected to lead this committee including: artists, record label executives, talent managers, media executives, media personalities, entertainment attorneys, entertainment marketing professionals and entertainment strategists. The role of the committee will be to serve as a liaison to help the museum cultivate and maintain relationships in the artist community and with executives in the music industry.

With NMAAM scheduled to open in Nashville in the fall of 2020, the formation of the MIRC serves to centralize its many relationships into one collective that can help the museum with ongoing music industry engagement as well as fundraising support from private and corporate donors. This includes helping the museum acquire additional artifacts to ensure the stories being told within NMAAM’s walls are a robust representation of the legacy of Black music and the American soundtrack.

Celebrity strategist, media personality and NMAAM Board Member Dyana Williams and entertainment attorney Leron E. Rogers, Esq will serve as co-chairpersons of the committee.

Williams brings years of expertise to the volunteer role with an impressive career working with dozens of notable Black artists and entertainment professionals. She has spent decades on the airwaves as a radio host in Philadelphia, but also is prominently known as one of the co-founders of Black Music Month which has been celebrated annually in June since 1979.

“It is my honor to serve as the co-chair of the Music Industry Relations Committee for NMAAM,” said Williams. “We have assembled a distinguished collective of seasoned and knowledgeable entertainment professionals from diverse backgrounds and companies. These shining stars are advising our board, NMAAM President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III, as well as museum staff with insights, and guidance to help our museum remain relevant as a significant contemporary American music institution.”

Rogers is a renowned entertainment attorney and partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois where he is vice-chair of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice. He has worked with the full spectrum of industry professionals including high profile actors, athletes, recording artists, producers, songwriters, record labels, publishing and management companies, music industry trade organizations and new media companies.

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