We at the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame believe that Music Matters because of the importance it has in everyone’s life no matter what style of music you love.

Music, like nothing else, can reach into our lives and affect us, it changes our mood, sharpens our thoughts; it can transport us to places we visited, and help us relive memories of special moments. Young or old, it has the power to make us healthier, happier, and more connected as friends, family, and as part of a larger community. Music education has been proven that the earlier it is introduced into children’s lives, it aids in healthy development and a successful future.

Humans are wired to be sensitive to sound patterns, and this sensitivity allows music to foster communication and imagination.

We recognize that by documenting and archiving the many accomplishments of our musical forefathers and present-day entertainers, we are safeguarding the historical value for future generations