National Association of Negro Musicians Convention Spotlights Youth & Music

Arvis Jones
Arvis Jones

For the first time in 11 years, the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., (NANM) will hold their 95th annual convention in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 20, through Thursday, July 24.

The Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Westside, located at 6161 Centinela Avenue in Culver City, will serve as the headquarters and main venue for much of the four-day gathering.

Arvis Jones, NANM Western Region Director, said, “Many notable musicians from all across the country will attend this uplifting, music-filled and informative convention. This event encompasses and includes many genres such as Negro Spirituals, hymns, gospel, jazz and R&B.”

Byron J. Smith, NANM President, believes Los Angeles is the ideal host city for this year’s convention.

“With the vast amount of music and entertainment that comes out of Los Angeles, it is only fitting that we all converge on Los Angeles for our 95th anniversary,” he said.

“The theme, ‘Lights, Music, Action: Spotlight on the Next Generation’ was chosen to reflect the Hollywood location of the convention.

“The spotlight on the next generation reflects not just young people, but the next 100 years of the organization,” he said. “As we try to prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary, we are putting emphasis on NANM’s rich history.”

The late Dr. Don Lee White will be recognized for his work with NANM and commitment to the organization’s purpose at the Mass Meeting Opening on Sunday at 3 p.m., at Grant A.M.E. Church, 10435 South Central Avenue in Los Angeles.  The Rev. Dr. J. Arthur Rumph is the host pastor.

“Dr. White was a past National First Vice President who was instrumental in establishing the oldest branch on the West Coast. He also spent his life advocating for NANM and its cause, especially here in Los Angeles,” added Smith.

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Source: LA Sentinel

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