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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


EDUCATION

Makes American musical heritage accessible to current and future generations through public exhibitions, youth engagement, and archival preservation.

PERFORMANCE

Supports artistic excellence through professional development, tour booking and management services.

SUSTENANCE

Provides ongoing support to artists living in chronic poverty and emergency grants to artists in crisis

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Meet the Music Makers

HEAR THE MUSIC MAKERS

Blue Muse is a musical testament to the 25 year history of the Music Maker Relief Foundation and its partner artists. The album features 21 tracks, most of which were recorded by Music Maker founder Timothy Duffy, that capture the infinite complexity of Traditional American Music

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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

On view at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center | Portsmouth, VA | March 16, 2019 – June 8, 2019

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 musicmaker.org/events-blog/blue-muse-noma/

On view at the New Orleans Museum of Art | April 25, 2019  – July 28, 2019

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WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS »

We Are The Music Makers | Celebrating American Culture WeAreTheMusicMakers.org

On view at the National Blues Museum | St. Louis, MO | March 5, 2019 – June 6, 2019

For a PDF of exhibit details and fact sheets, please click here

Blog

Charles Jacobs: 25 Years, 6 Nights a Week on Bourbon Street

[caption id="attachment_7922" align="aligncenter" width="559"] Charles Jacobs at his home in New Orleans,...

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Diggin’: Taj Mahal – Spike Driver Blues

Blue Muse by Taj MahalIt's hard to imagine where Music Maker would...

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Tour Schedule

10 Oct 2019

Culture Blocks: Alexa Rose

at the Charlotte Mecklenberg Library in Charlotte, NC
Time: 1:00 pm Price: FREE

22 Sep 2019

Sister Perry at the Clay Center

at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in
Time: 2:00 pm Price: Free

13 Nov 2019

Lucerne Blues Festival – Robert Lee Coleman

at the Grand Casino Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
Time: Price:

10 Oct 2019

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

at the Love House, UNC in Chapel Hill, NC
Time: Price: Free

04 Oct 2019

The Como Mamas

at the Courthouse Grounds in Cleveland, MS
Time: 7:00 pm Price: Free

04 Dec 2019

MUSIC MAKER 25 PICKERS & STORYTELLERS: DOM FLEMONS, “BLIND BOY” PAXTON, JAKE XERXES FUSSELL & GAIL CAESAR

at the The Fruit in Durham, NC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $25, $10 Duke students

05 Dec 2019

MUSIC MAKER 25 SOUTHERN VOICES: LONNIE HOLLEY & ALEXA ROSE

at the The Fruit in Durham, NC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $25, $10 Duke students

06 Dec 2019

MUSIC MAKER 25 ZYDECO

at the The Fruit in Durham, NC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $25, $10 Duke students

07 Dec 2019

MUSIC MAKER 25 NATIVE AMERICAN: PURA FÉ, CARY MORIN, DEER CLAN SINGERS, & LAKOTA JOHN & KIN

at the The Fruit in Durham, NC
Time: 1:00 pm Price: $25, $10 Duke students

07 Dec 2019

MUSIC MAKER 25 BLUES REVUE: COOL JOHN FERGUSON, ALABAMA SLIM, PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN, PURA FÉ & CARY MORIN MUSIC DIRECTOR: TIMOTHY DUFFY

at the The Fruit in Durham, NC
Time: 8:00 pm Price: $25, $10 Duke students

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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

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