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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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Eddie Tigner Turns 92 in Valdosta, GA with a Music Maker Blues Revue Performance!

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Tour Schedule

25 Aug 2018

John Dee Holman – Live at the Bullpen

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

31 Aug 2018

Russ Varnell – Live at the Bullpen

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

14 Sep 2018

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

at the Telluride Blues and Brews in Telluride, CO
Time: Price: TBA

15 Sep 2018

Hillsborough Hog Day – Big Ron Hunter

at the Riverpark in Hillsborough, NC
Time: 10:00 am Price: FREE

15 Sep 2018

Reeves Theater Series: Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue

at the Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC
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

30 Sep 2018

Music Maker Blues Revue @ Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival

at the Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, MO
Time: 1:15 pm Price: $80

07 Oct 2018

Como Mamas at Mempho Fest

at the Mempho Fest @ Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN
Time: Price: $99

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

20 Oct 2018

Reeves Theater Series: Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

at the Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC
Time: Price:

16 Nov 2018

Reeves Theater Series: John Dee Holeman w/ Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos

at the Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC
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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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