The National Museum of Hip-Hop
The National Museum of Hip-Hop (NMoH) was founded in 2006; inspired by over a decade of demand by the Hip-Hop Community. The [first] title of the museum was The Hip-Hop Museum & Hall of Fame. During 2007, the company was able to secure its non-profit status and was also awarded a 501(c)3 by the IRS. In the first quarter of the second year, the organization was bestowed a coveted museum charter by the New York Board of Regents. After finally acquiring all the necessary licenses and registrations, the organization began building an identity and institutional foundation for the project.
The company then developed community programs, conceptual facility renderings and blueprints, and a Board of Directors and Advisors. In the
third year , the organization began to expand, hiring its first group of active team members. Due to minimal financing, making any significant progress was a challenge. Nevertheless, the organization was able to form a few strategic alliances, gain some local television publicity, acquire some local political support, and host its first fundraiser during that year.
During the next 16 months, NMoH received much reassurance from the public that there was significant demand for this project within New York City. NMoH launched its second public event which was successful and garnered a huge amount of publicity for the project. In mid-2009, NMoH adopted a new long-term awareness building campaign designed to revolutionize the way non-profits raise money; the campaign is scheduled for launch in the near future.
Toward the end of 2010, NMoH underwent some organizational restructuring on its Board and further expanded it's staff. NMoH spent the next couple years hosting various museum events and fundraising. Since early 2013, NMoH has been refocusing its business model. Additionally, NMoH has decided to update its Mission & Vision Statements to reflect its new two-pronged business emphasis: 1) designing and launching numerous exhibitions around NYC and the US, and 2) implementing community programs.
Currently, NMoH is getting closer to securing a location and facility within NYC. In the interim, the Museum will continue to collect hip-hop art, artifacts and related ephemra, create and implement community programs, and host a myriad of related events around NYC.