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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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TIMOTHY DUFFY: BLUE MUSE »

Blue Muse | Premiering at New Orleans Museum of Art
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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

27 Jan 2019

Gospel Revue ft. The Glorifying Vines Sisters and Thomas Rhyant

at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $20

29 Jan 2019

The Como Mamas

at the Autorino Center for the Arts at St. Joseph's College in Hartford, CT
Time: 7:30 pm Price: $27

01 Feb 2019

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue

at the The Reeve's Theater in Elkin, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $20

07 Feb 2019

The Como Mamas Live at the Ryman Auditorium

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

08 Feb 2019

Music Maker Acoustic Revue

at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $20

09 Mar 2019

Crawfish Boil featuring Sam Frazier, Jr.

at the Tennessee Brew Works in Nashville, TN
Time: 5:00 pm Price: FREE

05 May 2019

Ironing Board Sam at Jazz Fest

at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, LA
Time: Price: $70

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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,

help preserve American Music

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