Freeman Vines: Aging in Isolation

inTheir Needson December 2, 2019

As our partner artists get older and they are unable to perform as much, if at all, due to aging related issues, they become susceptible to isolation. Research links isolation to a variety of physical and mental ailments, and these impacts are especially acute for senior citizens. Social isolation and loneliness are associated with high […]

A Chicago Blues Legend, Spared from Eviction

inThe Artistson November 27, 2019

Our newest partner artist, Mary Lane, is no stranger to struggle. Born in 1936, in Clarendon, Arkansas, she grew up picking cotton until moving to Chicago where she became a staple on the Westside Blues scene, playing alongside greats such as Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, and Junior Wells. At 83, and with very few gigs, […]

Supporter Spotlight: Carey Barnes

inTheir Needson November 25, 2019

We recently sat down with donor and volunteer Carey Barnes to ask her about her Music Maker experience and why our mission resonates with her. Carey is part of the generous team of donors who provided the $25,000 match for Giving Tuesday. Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is December 3 – all gifts will be […]

PLAYLIST: Gospel

inTheir Musicon November 18, 2019

If you could credit a single place for the creation of popular American music it would most certainly be the Church. Since our founding, Music Maker has partnered with some phenomenal gospel artists that encompass the entire musical spectrum of gospel. From Traditional to Country, Folk and A Cappella, this playlist represents the diverse roots […]

Playlist: Deep Acoustic Blues

inTheir Musicon November 7, 2019

It doesn’t always take a ripping electric guitar solo and a full band to get your body moving or have an emotional impact. Since it’s founding, Music Maker has specialized in presenting unique acoustic blues artists from the deep South.  

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