A new museum designed to showcase African American music is in the works in Nashville, Tenn.

The National Museum of African American Music (NNAAM), the first project of its kind in the country, will feature exhibits, galleries and artifacts all designed to display African Americans’ impact on the nation’s music.

“Telling the comprehensive story of how African Americans have impacted music is a logical fit with the city’s brand, and without a question will enhance Music City’s reputation as ‘the place’ for all things music,” H. Beecher Hicks, NNAAM’s board chairman said in a statement. “As a central location for birth and growth of music in this country, there is no better place to honor these contributions to the music industry–a business estimated to create a $6.4 billion per year national economic impact.”

The museum will boast 25 galleries in its main exhibition hall that will feature information spanning over five centuries, according to its website. Additionally, several concepts have been developed for permanent display areas that will bring together history and different music genres. Developers are currently cataloguing interviews from musicians, dignitaries and common voices from around the globe to be used in the permanent and temporary exhibits.

While some music listeners mostly associate Nashville with country music, Hicks told the Associated Press that the city played an important role in the development of Black music.

He explained that the city was the home of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and that legendary musicians Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix lived there for some time, as well.

“Even when Motown was approaching its heyday, most Motown records were actually pressed at United Records in Nashville,” Hicks told the AP.

NMAAM’s website was recently launched and features images, content and updates on the museum’s progress. The $47.5 million project is set to open in 2013.