January 2017

We’re hiring!

MMI is hiring! We are seeking candidates for two positions (click the title to view job description and details): Director of Finance and Operations Program Coordinator for MMI Works Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to either programcoordinator@memphisismusic.org or financedirector@memphisismusic.org. Applications can also be submitted by mail to 477 S Main […]

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Music Engagement Teaching Fellowship: 2017 information sessions

Musicians: this isn’t your average gig. MMI is seeking new applicants for our Music Engagement Teaching Fellowship, which places musicians in classrooms throughout our city to provide high quality music engagement opportunities for young people. (Pssst: that’s the formal definition. Check out the video to understand what it’s really all about.) To apply for the […]

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In the classroom: Music Engagement Teaching Fellow Gerald Morgan

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Mr. Lexxus Walker is the new band director at Hickory Ridge Middle School here in the Hickory Hill area of Memphis. Not only is he the new band director, this is also his first year in the education field. During his first week or so he experienced a few difficulties to say the least. Not […]

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Memphis Black Arts Alliance: thriving in 2017

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by Lar’Juanette Williams Memphis, Tennessee, long ago established itself as the city with heavy artistic influences that span from music ideologies to dance, voice, live stage and visual artistic impression. Many flocked to Beale Street to see, hear, feel and experience the sensation of artistic excellence. It was not only a place to hear good music, but […]

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Building diversity in classical music

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by Lecolion Washington My organization, PRIZM Ensemble, is based in Memphis and is focused on building a diverse musical community. Though there is a growing conversation around diversity in classical music, PRIZM Ensemble is among that small group who demonstrate what can happen when an organization is wholly dedicated to this ideal and holds themselves […]

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A first-hand perspective: Janet Thompson

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When I re-opened Frederick Douglass High School as principal in 2008, the school had been closed for 27 years. As a beacon of hope and light and the cornerstone of the Douglass community, my strong, passionate staff and I envisioned strong academic programs, school pride, leadership development,  strong athletics and strong fine arts programs that […]

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