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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


CULTURAL ACCESS

Live Performances + Exhibitions + Documentation + Education

MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT

A&R + Instruments + Tour Support + Promotion

MUSICIAN SUSTENANCE

Emergency Aid + Monthly Stipends + Social Services

What We’ve Accomplished


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Meet the Music Makers

HEAR THE MUSIC MAKERS

“We are the Music Makers” showcases the work we’ve done over our 20-year history. From the most ardent music lover to newcomers to the MMRF mission, this 2-cd album has something for everyone.

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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

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

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WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS »

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

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

Blog

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Tour Schedule

29 Jun 2018

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: FREE

30 Jun 2018

Alexa Rose

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: FREE

06 Jul 2018

Cosmic Country live at the Bullpen

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: $0

07 Jul 2018

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: $0

13 Jul 2018

David Childers & The Serpents

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: $0

14 Jul 2018

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: $0

19 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the STEVENSKERK LIVE in Nijmengen, NL
Time: 7:30 pm Price: €16.50

20 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the FMM Sines in Sines, Portugal
Time: Price: FREE

20 Jul 2018

Che Apalache Live at the Bullpen

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: Free Admission

21 Jul 2018

Onyx Club Boys – Live at the Bullpen

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: Price: $0

22 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Jazz a Juan in Juan la Pins, France
Time: 8:30 pm Price:

25 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Voix la L' été in Epernay, France
Time: Price:

26 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the 100 Club in London, UK
Time: 7:30 pm Price: £22.00

27 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Port Eliot Festival in St. Germans, UK
Time: Price: £66.25 - £176.80

28 Jul 2018

Eli Cook Live at the Bullpen

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:30 pm Price: $0

29 Jul 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Festival de l'Abbaye de Sylvanès in Sylvanès, France
Time: Price:

01 Aug 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Festival Voix Romanes in Dore l'Eglise, France
Time: Price:

03 Aug 2018

The Como Mamas

at the Off Festival in Katowice, Poland
Time: Price:

21 Sep 2018

Creekside Music Festival: Alexa Rose

at the Stoney Creek Environmental Park in Nashville, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: Free

19 Oct 2018

Creekside Music Festival: Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

at the Stoney Creek Environmental Park in Nashville, 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

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