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

26 Jan 2018

Dr. Bacon

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

27 Jan 2018

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

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

27 Jan 2018

Grammy Blues Award Nominees Celebration feat. Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Fabrizio Poggi, Dom Flemons & Special Surprise Guests at City Vineyard – Fundraiser for Music Maker Relief Foundation)

at the City Vineyard at Pier 26 in New York, NY
Time: 9:00 pm Price: $20

03 Feb 2018

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band

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

09 Feb 2018

Boom Unit Brass Band Mardi Gras

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

10 Feb 2018

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

at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $59.50

10 Feb 2018

Bull City Blues Band

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

11 Feb 2018

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

at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

12 Feb 2018

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

at the The Showbox in Seattle, WA
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $35.00

14 Feb 2018

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

at the The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: SOLD OUT

14 Feb 2018

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue Valentine’s Special

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

15 Feb 2018

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

at the The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $45.00

17 Feb 2018

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

at the The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $30 - $98

17 Feb 2018

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

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

18 Feb 2018

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

at the The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

19 Feb 2018

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

at the The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $35.00

20 Feb 2018

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

at the The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $32.50

22 Feb 2018

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

at the Canton Hall in Dallas, TX
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $40

23 Feb 2018

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

at the Stubb's Austin - Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $30 - $130

23 Feb 2018

Cool John Ferguson

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

24 Feb 2018

Harvey Dalton Arnold & Abe Reid

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

25 Feb 2018

Ryman Auditorium

at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Time: 7:30 pm Price: $25 - $65

02 Mar 2018

Robert Finley

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

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

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

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)

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

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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