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MMI Is In the News!

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Last night, our In-Schools program director, Lawrence Blackwell, appeared on Local 24 News via Zoom to chat about our work, our impact, and our upcoming fundraiser, MMIxTape Live. Click here to watch the full interview! Be sure to grab your tickets now for the December 10 event! It’s going to be an inspiring night full […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Rachel Johnson

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series featuring our amazing teaching artists. Not only do MMI Fellows lend their talents to supporting and engaging Memphis youth all over the city, but they also help build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects. Today, meet violinist and violist Rachel Johnson! Rachel is a string instrument […]

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Authoring Their Futures: The 2020 MMI Works Intern Scholarship Essays

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This year, we learned to get comfortable with change. When it became apparent that our MMI Works summer program wouldn’t be happening in person, our fearless team leaders quickly and carefully adapted the program to the virtual world. But while a few pieces of the MMI Works puzzle have changed, most have not. At its […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Mersadie Wells

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series featuring our amazing teaching artists. Not only do MMI Fellows lend their talents to supporting and engaging Memphis youth all over the city, but they also help build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects. Today, meet clarinetist and Renaissance woman Mersadie Wells! Mersadie has been with […]

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MMI Works 2020 Summer Program Intern Projects

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Memphis is music. It’s a city inseparable from the creatives and musicians who have shaped its culture, changed its politics, and built and rebuilt communities across Shelby County, from Frayser to Soulsville and beyond. Memphis’ list of music bona fides is a mile long, and while we may not be the biggest city, our musical […]

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The MMI COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Student Art Commissions

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Over the past six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized and devastating impact on artists and musicians. Memphis creatives—whether student artists or professionals—have lost income due to cancelled gigs, lessons, and more. So, back in April, Memphis Music Initiative established an Emergency Relief Fund to provide some short-term, immediate relief for the individual […]

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In a Year Unlike Any Other, Memphis Youth Remain Our Guiding Light

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As the new school year kicks off this week, it’s hard not to feel that familiar sense of transition. But this is not a normal year. Since the pandemic hit we’ve all been collectively transitioning away from outdated modes of thinking. We’ve been asked to examine our habits, need for interaction and compassion, and place […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet David Bassa

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series featuring our amazing teaching artists. Not only do MMI Fellows lend their talents to supporting and engaging Memphis youth all over the city, but they also help build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects. Today, meet percussionist and music educator David Bassa! David has been with […]

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Summer in the Virtual World: How the MMI Works Program Is Navigating the Pandemic with Intentionality

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This spring, thousands of Memphis students found themselves facing a very different sort of summer than they expected—one without big get-togethers with friends, trips to the mall, live concerts, or summer camps. And as COVID-19 continued to impact life in America, local organizations who provide those summertime experiences were confronted with a similar reality. So, […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Yennifer Correia

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series featuring our amazing teaching artists. Not only do MMI Fellows lend their talents to supporting and engaging Memphis youth all over the city, but they also help build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects. Today, meet violinist Yennifer Correia! Yennifer has been with MMI since 2015, […]

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