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The 2022 MMI Works Music Videos are here!

Last summer, the MMI Works summer intern cohort became music video producers, kicking off what is sure to be an MMI Works tradition. If you haven't seen last year's videos ye...

The 2022-2023 MMI Fellows Advisory Council

Meet the 2022-2023 MMI In-Schools Fellows Advisory Council! This year's council members are David Bassa, Mersadie Wells, Randy Ballard (Council Chair), and Marcus King. The Advisory Council pro...

Celebrating Black August Memphis Style

Here at MMI, August is Black August.  If you’re not familiar with the tradition, Black August is a celebration of Black activism and resistance in the U.S. It’s a time to acknowle...

Introducing Our 2022 INE Partners: Young Actors Guild

Young Actors Guild's (YAG) mission is "bringing the arts back to the community." And that's what they've been doing since Chrysti Chandler founded the organization m...

Introducing Our 2022 INE Partners: Perfecting Gifts, Inc.

At MMI, we are fortunate to partner with local arts organizations who are committed to supporting and serving Memphis’ young creatives. One such organization is Perfecting Gifts, Inc. (PGI), ...

Capacity Building 3.0: Introducing MMI’s 2022 INE Partners

Memphis is home to so many amazing local and grassroots arts organizations, each equipped with unique perspectives, gifts, and challenges. Through MMI’s Grantmaking and Capacity Building (GMC...

The Beat of the Future: The Hershey Company X Memphis Music Initiative Celebrate Black Music Month

Black music is comforting, innovative, majestic, powerful, and it is super influential. Look at fashion, language, dance; every strata of our culture is permeated with Black music. If you have a p...

Summer 2022 Community Youth Music Programs

Arts organizations across Shelby County are gearing up for summer programming. For Memphis youth looking to create and connect this summer, there's no shortage of arts engagement opportuni...

Behind Our Big Bets: Investing in People for Change

Since programming began in 2015, we at MMI have listened to, learned from, and grown with the community we serve—both through our direct programming in and out of schools, and as an intermedi...

Notes from the Classroom: Amaro Dubois at Middle College High

In Notes from the Classroom, we're highlighting MMI Fellows who are going above and beyond to bridge music skill development with creative liberation and creative expression. Today we're ch...

Call & Response: The Sound of a Black Arts Revolution

We at Memphis Music Initiative are beyond excited to announce Call & Response: The Sound of Black Arts Revolution. The campaign is just that—a call to funders in the creati...

Meet Our Partners: Successful Inc.

Welcome to Meet Our Partners, a new blog series highlighting the local arts and music organizations we’re fortunate to count as part of the MMI network. The organizations we partner...

Grantmakers as Bridge Builders: Bringing Intermediary Funders from the Margins to the Center

Last November, MMI’s Director of Grantmaking and Partnerships, Dr. Rychetta Watkins, attended the annual Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, which took place in the virtual world for a second...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Juan Valdez

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 the...

December 15 is Dr. Dee Day!

December 15 is officially Dr. Dee Day at MMI!  Dr. Dee Lofton is a management consultant here in Memphis. She is the founder of The Doc Shop, a consultancy firm that helps organizations (part...

TEDxMemphis 2021: Ctrl+Alt+Dlt ft. Amber Hamilton

Last month, MMI Executive Director Amber Hamilton brought the metaphorical house down at TEDxMemphis 2021. This year's theme was Ctrl+Alt+Dlt, a simple computer function most of us are fam...

Navigating the New Normal: Memphis Youth Symphony Program

Welcome to the final installment of Navigating the New Normal: Nonprofit Lessons Learned in the Covid-19 Era, featuring insights from leaders at several of our community partner organizations. Clic...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Roger Rowe AKA KingPin Da’ Composer

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 the...

Navigating the New Normal: Memphis Jazz Workshop

Welcome to the second installment of Navigating the New Normal: Nonprofit Lessons Learned in the Covid-19 Era, featuring insights from leaders at several of our community partner organizations. Cli...

Navigating the New Normal: Memphis Black Arts Alliance

Welcome to the second installment of Navigating the New Normal: Nonprofit Lessons Learned in the Covid-19 Era, featuring insights from leaders at several of our community partner organizations. Cli...