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Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service!
The National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music was organized in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia as the National Black Music Caucus. Two-hundred black musicians attending the biennial meeting of the Music Educators National Conference gathered at Morehouse College to protest their exclusion from MENC divisional and national Planning sessions and programs. NASPAAM now exists as a non-profit professional organization whose members are dedicated to promoting, performing, and preserving all facets of African American music.

A Welcome Message from NASPAAM President

Dr. Marsha Kindall-Smith


Welcome to the NASPAAM web page!

My installation as President of NASPAAM occurred at the Board retreat June 26, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. The following paragraphs are a summary of my Platform Address.


Maya Angelou said that courage is the most important virtue because without it, one can’t practice any other virtue consistently. I began the speech with a genuine commendation to each Board member, present or absent because each had the courage to serve NASPAAM in various ways. In 1972 our founders marched to Morehouse College to organize. In 2014 I asked each Board member to join me by courageously restoring the best of NASPAAM from the past, and wisely changing as we march toward the future.


Optimism is the key word for a successful international association of volunteers who believe that they can create a better world through positive action in their communities. Overflowing with optimism, I clearly stated eleven goals in my vision for the future of NASPAAM, a professional music organization of volunteers. Although change takes time, NASPAAM Board members are serving on committees to accomplish these goals. I believe that NASPAAM will become more productive and well-known during my two-year term.


The NASPAAM tradition includes 42 years of preserving, promoting, and advancing African American music and musicians. If you are interested in our mission and programs, we encourage you to join our organization. New members are always welcome. In concluding my Platform Address, I asked NASPAAM Board members to revitalize and refocus with courage and optimism. Hold On. An anonymous sage said, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and HOLD ON!”

The most inspirational section of my Platform Address was the ending when I asked Board members to join in singing a spiritual (without rehearsing...without a conductor...everyone knew it...four -six part harmony...mezzo piano...with feeling).

Keep your eyes on the prize,- Hold on! 

Give the gift of music with your support of NASPAAM.

Preserving, Promoting, and Advancing the Tradition of African-American Music.