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

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, Memphis Music Initiative has teamed up with The Hershey Company for a campaign featuring limited-edition Kit Kat® Bar and Hershey’s...

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...

Navigating the New Normal: Nonprofit Lessons Learned in the Covid-19 Era

By Rychetta Watkins, Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building for MMI Unprecedented.  If you’re like me, you have heard that word innumerable times during the last 18 months of th...

#MakingItWorks: The 2021 MMI Works Summer Program 

“Every journey begins with a single step.” —Maya Angelou Last fall, the MMI Works team began preparing for a journey into the unknown—again.  Following last summer&rs...

Meet Our Partners: Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group

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 with brin...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Amaro Dubois

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...

An Evening at the Harriet Center

After an 18-month hiatus, MMI Grantmaking and Capacity Building grantee partners masked up to reconnect for an evening reception on Thursday, August 26. Chrysti Chandler and Sabrina Norwood, c...

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...