We invest in youth through transformative music engagement, creating equitable opportunities for black and brown youth in Memphis.
Despite its strong cultural assets, Memphis is facing a difficult socioeconomic climate and many challenges serve as critical barriers to youth success.
of Memphis youth live below the poverty line
of youth in many of Memphis' most underserved neighborhoods won't graduate from high school.
of Memphis youth have access to after-school music programming compared to 15-20% in similar cities.
Research demonstrates the powerful role music engagement focused youth development activities can play in equipping youth with the skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to overcome these barriers and succeed in school and life.
Strengthening problem-solving skills
Encouraging communication and creative expression
Teaching tenacity and the value of hard work
Deepening engagement in school and learning community
Sustain existing in-school music education and expand instruction through partnerships with local musicians
Expand high-quality out-of-school time programs to reach more youth and remove barriers to youth engagement and participation
We invest to build strong and effective organizations through operational grant funding and supports that foster sustainability and improve program quality.
Learn more about our funding opportunities
Learn how to become an advocate
Nominate community organizations and partners
Are you ready for a revolution?
We at Memphis Music Initiative are beyond excited to announce Call & Response: The Sound of Black Arts Revolution.
Visit Callandresponse.org to learn more.
And be sure to check out Episode One of our web series, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things."
Call & Response is the beginning of a Black arts revolution, but it doesn’t stop here. Your help amplifying this message is key in building momentum for change. If you would like to help us spread the word, click here for the social media toolkit! Be sure to follow MMI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you can stay up-to-date on all things Call & Response.
Black Pay Matters. Black Legacy Matters. Black Rest Matters.