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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

27 Apr 2018

Dr. Bacon

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

28 Apr 2018

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen’s Birthday Bash!

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

28 Apr 2018

Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival

at the The DeBardeleben Park in Bessemer, AL
Time: 12:00 pm Price: $15.00 online / $20.00 at gate

04 May 2018

Travers Brothership

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

05 May 2018

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band

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

11 May 2018

Blank Range

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

12 May 2018

Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance

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

17 May 2018

Music Maker Blues Revue

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

18 May 2018

Freight Train Blues – Cool John Ferguson & Pee Wee Hayes

at the Carrboro Town Commons in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

18 May 2018

Alabama Slim

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

19 May 2018

Pee Wee Hayes

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

25 May 2018

Freight Train Blues – Ernie Vincent & Guitar Lightnin’ Lee

at the Carrboro Town Commons in Carrboro, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

01 Jun 2018

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

22 Jun 2018

Sol Roots

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

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

$18.00

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit

$14.00

We are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set

$15.00

What is worth keeping is worth passing on,

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