Quote: Black music, however, is not a genre, and one of Black Music Month’s goals is to communicate the breadth and history of Black artistry. “I am a Black person, so if I play music, it’s going to be Black music,” says the Chicago composer and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid. “If a Black person plays punk, rock, reggae, classical, experimental, avant-garde… guess what? It’s gonna be Black music.”
Black Artist Database (formerly known as Black Bandcamp) is a community-based platform, hosting a wealth of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands.
This crowd-sourced database provides an easy way to search, filter and directly support the creative output of Black artists globally, via their online profiles. The database is a continuous work-in-progress maintained by volunteers and paid administrators.
The database was started as a community effort on 4th June 2020, as Black Bandcamp. On 5th May 2021, the project relaunched as Black Artist Database, a move which we hope will expand the project’s scale and scope, and bring cultural and material support to the Black community.
NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.