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Grammy Museum® Mississippi Earns Nissan Foundation Grant to Fund Unique Cultural & Racial Diversity Programming

  • Nissan Foundation grant to fund “Right to Write: Music’s Journey to Freedom” aimed at educating students about the history and scope of the Civil Rights Movement through the music of that time.
  • Now in its 28th year, the Nissan Foundation supports educational programs that promote a greater appreciation and understanding of America’s diverse cultural heritage.

Cleveland, MS (July 16, 2020) The Nissan Foundation today named GRAMMY Museum Mississippi a 2020 grant recipient. The Nissan Foundation grant will help fund “Right to Write: Music’s Journey to Freedom” which is a program designed to utilize the music of the Civil Rights Movement to educate students about the history and scope of the Movement, focusing on activities that took place in Mississippi, and to use this content to raise and discuss issues of diversity, inclusion and social equity present in today’s society.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen as a 2020 Nissan Foundation grant recipient. Music played a vital role during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “With the support from the Nissan Foundation, we will be able to create and present workshops plus provide
education tours for students that teach the importance of music during this time in history.”

The Nissan Foundation was created in 1992 as a thoughtful response to the three weeks of violent civil unrest that occurred near Nissan North America’s then U.S. sales and marketing operations in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict. Nissan established a $5 million endowment to promote cultural diversity within southern Los Angeles neighborhoods.

In the 28 years since, the Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $12 million to approximately 150 nonprofit organizations to support innovative programs that break down societal barriers and build inclusive communities through education and outreach. Grant recipients promote cultural diversity across a variety of arts, education, social and public programs in seven U.S. communities where Nissan operates.

“It’s an honor to recognize GRAMMY Museum Mississippi for the unique programming it’s offering community members at a time in our history when conversations about race, ethnicity, bias, education and solutions are at the forefront,” said Nissan Foundation President Travis Parman. “Change at a macro level starts with change
at a micro level. GRAMMY Museum Mississippi programming is promoting dialogue about race and ethnicity in a safe space and encouraging local community members to engage.”

The Nissan Foundation is awarding a total of $680,000 in grants to 27 nonprofit organizations for its 2020 grant cycle. The nonprofit recipients are located in Southern California, Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan and the New York and Atlanta metro areas – all areas where Nissan has an operational presence.

Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually; the next grants will be awarded in June 2021. For more information about the Nissan Foundation, the 2020 grantees and the grant application process, visit the Nissan Foundation page.

Developed by the Cleveland Music Foundation—a nonprofit organization founded in 2011—the 28,000-square foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Affiliated with the Recording Academy™, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers, and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.

To learn more about volunteering or the educational initiatives of the Museum, visit grammymuseumms.org.

Subscribe to the Museum’s newsletter at grammymuseumms.org/newsletter to stay up-to-date on new exhibits, upcoming programs, membership benefits and more.

About the Nissan Foundation
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to “enrich people’s lives” by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate
outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at http://www.NissanUSA.com and http://www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and infinitinews.com.

For more information, visit grammymuseumms.org, “like” GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on Facebook, and follow @grammymuseumms on Twitter and Instagram.

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