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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

Welcome to the very first installment of MMI's Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Sydney and Relief Fund recipient Nadifah chat about the art series...

MMI Presents MMIxTape Live!

In December, MMI hosted our first-ever virtual fundraising arts showcase, MMIxTape Live! It was an evening full of community, good vibes, and amazing art. Now, you can watch the show (minus headlin...

The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

Welcome to the very first installment of MMI's Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Sydney and Relief Fund recipient Nadifah chat about the art series...

MMI Works 2020 Summer Program Intern Projects

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 Fray...

The MMI COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Student Art Commissions

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...

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

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 aw...

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

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, o...

An Open Letter: Memphis Nonprofits Demand Action

The following open letter was written in response to the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others. It has been signed by leaders in the Memphis nonprofit community, with th...

Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector: When Funding Toes the Color Line

In America, race underscores nearly every social, economic, and legislative policy we have in place.And while recent events have resulted in increased (white) awareness of racial injustices, for th...

In the Age of COVID-19, Art Remains

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster—and that’s putting it mildly.As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, we’ve all had to re-evaluate even the most bas...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Mike Mosby

Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series! Every other week we’ll be posting an interview with one of our amazing teaching artists. Not only do they lend their talents to support MMI and engage Memp...

Memphis Takes Nashville: Arts Advocacy Day 2020

Last week, Memphis Music Initiative took our show on the road. Our mission? To advocate for the arts and show our state legislators just how big an impact it has on our community.But we weren’t alo...

Improving the work through equity in the board room

by Sarah Lockridge-SteckelWhen we started the Memphis Music Initiative, we knew a few things were true. More than 26% of youth in Memphis’ underserved communities will not graduate from high school...

MMI Works: centering liberation

by Brittney B. BullockYour liberation is bound up with mine. - Lilla WatsonI often talk about liberation. How it functions and feels. I question at times if I have it, and if I’d know when I had it...

Empowering youth as agents of change

by Lawrence BlackwellMeet our youth where they are.  This has become the guiding mantra for many of the community partners, schools, and programs I work with in Memphis.  It is a core principle fro...

Our 2018 Annual Report

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

MMI Associates: personal and professional 

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 ...

Incorporating youth voice in programming  

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 t...

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...

Your gifts will make room for you

by Roniece N. GilkeyMy 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 wit...

MMI Works: Amiya R.

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 memorabl...

MMI Works at The Consortium MMT

by Renisha MayesWhen 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 hig...

MMI Works 2018: Kylen A.

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 co...

MMI Works 2018: Jazmin B.

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 ...

MMI Works 2018: Marcus C.

by Marcus C. This summer was very extraordinary. I got to work at The Levitt Shell located by the Memphis Zoo. My experience working at there was extravagant because I got to work around many famou...