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

15 Dec 2017

ZOOCRÜ

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

16 Dec 2017

Cool John Ferguson

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

22 Dec 2017

Shamu Garçon

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

23 Dec 2017

Merry Christmas, Baby: Thomas Rhyant’s Soul Christmas

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

29 Dec 2017

Boom Unit Brass Band

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

30 Dec 2017

Blues Night with Chuck Cotton, Tad Walters, & T.A. James

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

05 Jan 2018

Bette Smith

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

06 Jan 2018

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band

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

12 Jan 2018

Harvey Dalton Arnold

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

13 Jan 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

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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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