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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...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Yennifer Correia

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...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Stephen Lee

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...

MMI and Stax Music Academy Receive $50,000 Grants from Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund

New funding for Memphis Music Initiative and Stax Music Academy will support holistic music education programs during COVID-19 The Lewis Prize for Music — a creative arts philanthropy — announced t...

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...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Shannon Lowe Redburn

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...

Our 2019 Annual Report

"Each year at Memphis Music Initiative, we have the honor of working with over 4,000 young people across Memphis, with a focus on improving black and brown students’ equitable access to high qualit...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Marcus King

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...

MMI is on Channel 24!

MMI is back in the news. This morning, our Executive Director Amber Hamilton appeared on Channel 24's Local Memphis morning show via Skype. She spoke with anchor Kelsie Cairns about how COVID-19 is...

Memphis Music Initiative Emergency Response Fund

Thanks to a generous gift, Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) has established an Emergency Relief Fund to provide some short-term, immediate relief for individual musicians and young people who are par...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Ty Boyland

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...

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 is in Memphis Business Journal!

On Friday, the Memphis Business Journal published an article on how COVID-19 is impacting local arts and community organizations. The piece featured insights from our very own Director of Grantmaki...

MMI Survey: Short-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Local Grassroots and Community Arts Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEShort-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Local Grassroots and Community Arts OrganizationsAs the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt Memphis-area businesses across every ...

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...