Preserving the soul of America’s Music

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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

Diggin’: John Lee Zeigler – Goin’ Away

Songs From the Roots of America, Vol. 1 by John Lee Zeigler...

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The Great Migrator: Pee Wee Hayes and the Movement of the Blues

Thomas O. “Pee Wee” Hayes can tell a story about one of...

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Tour Schedule

02 Mar 2018

Robert Finley

at the Edna Boykin Center in Wilson, NC
Time: 7:30 pm Price: $20.00

02 Mar 2018

Nee Ningy Band

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

03 Mar 2018

Lockdown

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

09 Mar 2018

Alexa Rose

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

16 Mar 2018

Abe Reid // Harvey Dalton Arnold

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

17 Mar 2018

Andrew Alli

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

22 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

23 Mar 2018

Chuck Cotton, Tad Walters, & T.A. James

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

24 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Union Transfer in
Time: 7:30 pm Price: SOLD OUT

24 Mar 2018

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

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

25 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

27 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $50.00

28 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $39.50 - $60

29 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $40 - $204 (CAD)

30 Mar 2018

Dwight & Nicole w/ Lockdown

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: FREE

31 Mar 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $34.50 - $99.50

31 Mar 2018

People’s Blues of Richmond

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

02 Apr 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $39.50

03 Apr 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00 -$50.00

04 Apr 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the The Truman in Kansas City, MO
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

05 Apr 2018

Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue feat. Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon & the Clams

at the Paramount Theatre in Denver
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $25 - $55

17 May 2018

Music Maker Blues Revue

at the Virginia Arts Festival in Portsmouth, VA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $25

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Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit

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We are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set

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