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

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Tour Schedule

22 Oct 2017

The Como Mamas: Monk@100

at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $10 (Duke Students)/$25

27 Oct 2017

Clay Melton

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

28 Oct 2017

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

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

02 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the de Singer Rijkevorsel in Rijkevorsel, Belgium
Time: 8:30 pm Price: Presale: € 15.00, Entrance price € 18.00

03 Nov 2017

Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers

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

03 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Muziekclub 4AD in Diksmuide, Belgium
Time: 8:00 pm Price: 9 € Discount / 11 € VVK / 13 € Cash

04 Nov 2017

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band

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

04 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the TakeRoot Festival in Groningen, Netherlands
Time: 4:00 pm Price: € 37.50

05 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Cultuurcentrum Mechelen in Mechelen, Belgium
Time: 8:15 pm Price: € 16.00

08 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the CC Het Bolwerk in Vilvoorde, Beligum
Time: 8:30 pm Price: € 15

09 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the LantarenVenster in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Time: 8:30 pm Price: € 16

10 Nov 2017

Harvey Dalton Arnold

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

10 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Kulturzentrum Alter Schlachthof Eupen in Eupen, Beligum
Time: 8:30 pm Price: € 15.00

11 Nov 2017

The Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance

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

11 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Holland
Time: 10:00 pm Price: Saturday Day Ticket: € 40

13 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Pan Piper Paris in Paris, France
Time: 8:00 pm Price: 20,00 €

13 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Jazz Sur La Ville, Auditorium de la Maison des Artes in Cabriès, France
Time: 8:30 pm Price: €17 to €20

17 Nov 2017

Cool John Ferguson

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

18 Nov 2017

Gringo Star

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

21 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Festival Blues sur Seine in Mantes-la-Jolie, France
Time: 8:00 pm Price: 12 €

23 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Białostocki Ośrodek Kultury in Białystok, Poland
Time: 8:00 pm Price: 20.00€

24 Nov 2017

Como Mamas EU Tour

at the Theatre Municipal de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, France
Time: 8:00 pm Price: 20,00 €

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SHOP MUSIC MAKER

Captain Luke T-Shirt

$20.00

Etta Baker – Railroad Bill 12” Vinyl

$18.00

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit

$14.00

We are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set

$15.00

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