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Our 2018 Annual Report

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Page 2-3: Table of Contents and Letter from our Executive Director & Board Chairperson  Page 4-5: Grantmaking & Capacity Building Page 6-7: MMI Works  Page 8-9: In-Schools  Page 10-11: Our Approach + Finance and Operations          

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MMI Associates: personal and professional 

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To begin, I initially was a bit perplexed about what to write in this piece. I had few any initial thoughts as to what it was that I wanted to talk about. I mean, sure, Memphis Music Initiative is a terrific place to work. In fact, the MMI Associates program has been an absolute blast […]

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Incorporating youth voice in programming  

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Youth-serving organizations juggle the needs of participants and their families, developing culturally responsive program goals, and achieving program outcomes that insure both positive impact on the community and continued funding. Often, organizations forget that the most important stakeholder/perspective is within their own programs: youth.  By actively engaging youth in programming decisions, your organization will become […]

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Art for Life’s Sake: A Conversation with Dr. Hattie Isen

Tell us a bit about the history of Art for Life’s Sake: how did the organization get started, and how did we get to where you are in the work in 2019? Art for Life started as an after-school program years ago, around 1990, at Norris Elementary School. A year later, one of the parents […]

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Request for Proposals: Art for the MMI Fire House

Commission of Murals for Memphis Music Initiative/Memphis Equity Through Arts CALL TO ARTISTS Request for Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2019 Eligibility: Artist or artist teams, established or new to the field, living or working in the greater Memphis region. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, but all submissions will be considered. Budget: $3000 for […]

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Your gifts will make room for you

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by Roniece N. Gilkey My aunt encouraged me to be a teacher when I was in college. She told me if I planned to have a family I would have the same schedule as my children and have the summers off with them. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History and I was a […]

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MMI Works: Amiya R.

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by Amiya R. Over the course of this summer I was given the opportunity to participate in the Memphis Music Initiative summer internship program, and I can honestly say it has been the most memorable two months ever. I would’ve never thought I could have as much fun with a group of people as I […]

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MMI Works at The Consortium MMT

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by Renisha Mayes When the Talent Development Complex signed on to host MMI Works interns for the first time this summer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew these would be students right out of high school, and the work that we do with artists here isn’t something that can be trial and error. […]

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MMI Works 2018: Kylen A.

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by Kylen A. During my summer interning for The Consortium MMT, I learned a lot about the music industry. Through learning everything from how copyrights work to how to mix my own tracks, I gained confidence in the process of chasing my dream. While working at the Consortium MMT, I was able to not just […]

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MMI Works 2018: Jazmin B.

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by Jazmin B. This summer I had the opportunity to take part in the internship and professional development meetings that Memphis Music Initiative provided for me and many other students through MMI Works. Although this was a way to get job experience for the first time, it wasn’t the only thing I was able to […]

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