MMI Works

MMI Works creates paid summer opportunities for youth to work at music and arts organizations and offers equitable access to career training and professional/personal development. We employed 46 youth in 18 organizations in 2017, totaling over 21,000 hours of work and professional development for youth since our 2016 launch. Our professional/personal development series covers activities that teach youth life skills and critical problem solving and empowers them to set big goals, design a plan and chart a course for where they want to be.

Despite its strong cultural assets, Memphis is facing a difficult socio-economic climate and many challenges serve as critical barriers to youth success. Creating and fostering high-quality youth development opportunities that exist after-school, on weekends, and during the summer is critical for the success of Memphis youth.

Support for the MMI Works program is provided in part by ArtsMemphis, Bank of America, and The Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Click here to submit a digital application for the 2021 MMI Works Summer Program!

If you would prefer to print, complete, and return your application by mail, click on the link below.


Applications for MMI Works must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. You can submit your application via our website, through postal mail to the Memphis Music Initiative office, or scan and submit your application by email to

Applications can be delivered via postal mail to the following address:

Memphis Music Initiative Attn: MMI Works, P.O. Box 1926, Memphis, TN 38101

If granted an interview, you will receive information on location and time the week of April 26th. Notifications will be sent via email. Please provide an active email account in order to receive communications from MMI Works. The 2021 summer program will run from late June to early August. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Iris Hollister at or Brittney Bullock at