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“We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” is a multi-media exhibit of photographs, audio recordings, and video from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation.
For nearly three decades, Tim Duffy has recorded musicians’ songs and stories. He has also taken photographs that powerfully reflect their lives – from the calluses on their fingers from years of playing to the lines on their faces that come from working hard and making music. “We are the Music Makers” reflects Duffy’s quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. It also provokes viewers to ask how poverty, geography and age limit the exposure of these artists, and how that limited exposure creates the perception that the musical traditions they perform have disappeared.
“We are the Music Makers” features stunning Giclee-printed and mounted photographs, a variety of instruments and artifacts from Music Maker artists, and folk art. The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery from September 1, 2016 until January 6, 2017, and the museum will host related educational programming during the exhibit.
About the Music Maker Relief Foundation
Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded by Tim and Denise Duffy to preserve the musical traditions of the south by directly supporting the artists who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Since its founding in 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has assisted and partnered with over 300 artists, issued over 150 CDs, and reached over a million people with live performances throughout the United States and around the globe, all of which helps these artists enhance their artistic excellence and increase their earned income from their music. The foundation also runs a grants program to help with monthly bills for medicine, food and housing or with emergency funding in times of crisis.
Photographs by Tim Duffy
“We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” special exhibit is sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation.