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

22 Sep 2017

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

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

23 Sep 2017

The Petty Thieves

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

26 Sep 2017

Kristi Dixon

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: FREE

28 Sep 2017

David Childers

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: FREE

29 Sep 2017

The Oblations

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

30 Sep 2017

Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers

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

05 Oct 2017

Amelia White

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: FREE

06 Oct 2017

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue

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

12 Oct 2017

Stephenson Memorial Concert: The Como Mamas

at the Berea College in Berea, KY
Time: Price: FREE

14 Oct 2017

Jeff Riddle

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 6:30 pm Price: FREE

14 Oct 2017

Isaac Smith Band

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

15 Oct 2017

The Como Mamas: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

at the Lafayette Square Park in New Orleans, LA 70116
Time: Price: FREE

19 Oct 2017

Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: FREE

21 Oct 2017

Corn Potato String Band

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

22 Oct 2017

The Como Mamas: Monk@100

at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: $10 (Duke Students)/$25

26 Oct 2017

Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers

at the The Bullpen in Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 pm Price: FREE

27 Oct 2017

Clay Melton

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