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OUR MISSION


The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time.

Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.

PROGRAMS


EDUCATION

Makes American musical heritage accessible to current and future generations through public exhibitions, youth engagement, and archival preservation.

PERFORMANCE

Supports artistic excellence through professional development, tour booking and management services.

SUSTENANCE

Provides ongoing support to artists living in chronic poverty and emergency grants to artists in crisis

What We’ve Accomplished


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Meet the Music Makers

HEAR THE MUSIC MAKERS

Blue Muse is a musical testament to the 25 year history of the Music Maker Relief Foundation and its partner artists. The album features 21 tracks, most of which were recorded by Music Maker founder Timothy Duffy, that capture the infinite complexity of Traditional American Music

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EXHIBIT PROGRAMS

Music Maker’s exhibition programs educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of America’s music. The blues, gospel and string band traditions of the South have formed a deep aquifer of music that contemporary artists around the world draw from daily. The combination of photography and multi-media materials in each exhibit shine a light on the many unsung heroes that continue to feed these traditions in our nation and asks viewers to reflect on how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that our musical traditions have “died out”.

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OUR LIVING PAST »

Our Living Past | Fine Art Photography OurLivingPast.com

On view at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center | Portsmouth, VA | March 16, 2019 – June 8, 2019

For a PDF of exhibit details and fact sheets, please click here

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TIMOTHY DUFFY: BLUE MUSE »

Blue Muse | Premiering at New Orleans Museum of Art musicmaker.org/events-blog/blue-muse-noma/

On view at the New Orleans Museum of Art | April 25, 2019  – July 28, 2019

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WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS »

We Are The Music Makers | Celebrating American Culture WeAreTheMusicMakers.org

On view at the National Blues Museum | St. Louis, MO | March 5, 2019 – June 6, 2019

For a PDF of exhibit details and fact sheets, please click here

Blog

Diggin’: Drink Small – Widow Woman

Blue Muse by Drink SmallDrink Small from Columbia, South Carolina is known...

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Music Maker Heads Back to Telluride Blues & Brews Festival!

[caption id="attachment_7555" align="aligncenter" width="547"] The Glorifying Vines Sisters @ Telluride Blues &...

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Tour Schedule

27 Apr 2019

Music Maker Blues Revue – Northside Festival

at the The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Time: 11:30 am Price: Free

28 Apr 2019

Parlor Concert Series: Glorifying Vines Sisters

at the 4519 Orange Grove Rd. in Hillsborough, NC
Time: 4:00 pm Price: $25

02 May 2019

Music Maker Blues Revue – Virginia Arts Festival

at the Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Portsmouth, VA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $25

03 May 2019

Shakori: Music Maker Blues Revue

at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Pittsboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: $42

05 May 2019

Ironing Board Sam at Jazz Fest

at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, LA
Time: Price: $70

18 May 2019

A Day of Remembrance

at the Gold Park in Hillsborough, NC
Time: 3:00 pm Price: Free

24 May 2019

Freight Train Blues: AJ Ghent

at the Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market) in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

31 May 2019

Freight Train Blues: Chatham Rabbits, Alexa Rose

at the Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market) in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

31 May 2019

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Escape Room Eindhoven - De Effenaar in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Time: 7:30 pm Price: 20.50 EUR

07 Jun 2019

Freight Train Blues: Eastern NC Gospel Jubilee

at the Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market) in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

14 Jun 2019

Freight Train Blues: Cool John Ferguson, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Cookie McGee

at the Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market) in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

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SHOP MUSIC MAKER

Captain Luke T-Shirt

$20.00

Etta Baker – Railroad Bill 12” Vinyl

$20.00

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit

$12.00

We are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set

$15.00

What is worth keeping is worth passing on,

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