NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar
Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) is announcing a
$1 million donation to the National
Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) to support and promote the
museum's focus on education and youth outreach in the Nashville area. The newly built museum is a
state-of-the-art gallery designed to engage audiences in hands-on
experiences that inform and inspire fans and students. NMAAM's
mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate
the central role African Americans play in creating the American
"This contribution will expose thousands of Nashville youth to the museum," said Cat
Financial President Dave Walton.
"Our partnership will foster a greater understanding and
appreciation for the influence and impact of African Americans on
music and enrich the dialogue between students and the community
through unique, culture-driven experiences."
As part of the contribution, Cat Financial will be a
"Soundtrack for All" title sponsor, providing free
access to thousands of Metro Nashville school students for field
trips to the museum for guided tours and hands-on activities.
Through "Soundtrack for All," NMAAM will target
schools where music education and museum access are limited.
"We are excited to partner with Cat Financial to grow and build
on the museum's mission and educational programs," said President
and CEO of NMAAM H. Beecher Hicks, III. "Cat Financial's
contribution allows us to ensure the museum's resources and
influence continues to have a broader reach in the community and
The contribution also promotes the museum's "From Nothing
to Something" (FN2S) online digital platform and
"Rivers of Rhythm Institute for Social Education"
(RRISE). NMAAM's FN2S digital content engages students in
examining, researching, and analyzing the history of African
American musical innovation and its role in shaping American
history. The donation also supports the further
buildout of the Quaver Music adaption, a web-based
animated platform that will help ensure students have access to and
are aware of the rich education and cultural content preserved by
NMAAM and will help to engage students on multiple levels. RRISE is
an annual teacher training workshop that provides educators across
the nation with access to curriculum development training and
techniques/tactics for teaching African American history through
music. Through Cat Financial's support, the workshop will provide
complimentary access to Metro Nashville educators.
Cat Financial's contribution will be distributed over the course
of 10 years and will include ongoing employee
About Cat Financial
Celebrating 40 years in 2021, Cat
Financial is a subsidiary of Caterpillar, the world's leading
manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and
natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric
locomotives. Cat Financial provides a wide range of financing
solutions to customers and Cat® dealers for machines, engines,
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Headquartered in Nashville,
Tennessee, Cat Financial serves customers globally with
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The National Museum of African American
Music is the only museum dedicated solely to educating, preserving,
and celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music.
Based in Nashville, Tenn., as a
part of the Fifth + Broadway development, the Museum shares the
story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and
interactive technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the
SOURCE Cat Financial