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MMI Is In the News!

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 wat...

Authoring Their Futures: The 2020 MMI Works Intern Scholarship Essays

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 adapt...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Mersadie Wells

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 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...

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...