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Elvis Costello and SoundwavesArt Foundation launch fundraiser for Stax Music Academy

Elvis Costello has long been a fan of Stax Records (his 1980 cover of Sam & Dave’s “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down” stayed at number four on the UK Pop Chars for eight weeks) and he has visited the Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy many times over the years, including a recent […]
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Stax Music Academy celebrates Juneteenth with plans for a “Songwriting Showdown” to allow Memphis-area teens a chance to add their voices to movement for racial equality

From the haunting 1939 Billie Holiday classic “Strange Fruit” protesting the lynching of blacks in America, to protest songs of the 1960s like the Staple Singers’ “When Will We Be Paid,” to releases in the wake of recent killings of African-Americans including H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” and Trey Songz’s “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” music […]
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Stax Music Academy & MMI receive $50,000 grants each from Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund

  The Lewis Prize for Music — a creative arts philanthropy — announced today the recipients of its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. A total of $1.25 million will be awarded to 32 Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations across the U.S. that have adapted and responded to the pressing needs of the young people they serve […]
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Stax Music Academy in concert with Trombone Shorty Foundation at Crosstown Arts March 21 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Out of concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and concerns about health safety for its students, families, Trombone Shorty Foundation Academy students and concertgoers the Stax Music Academy had decided to postpone its upcoming exchange with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, including the planned March 21, 2020 Memphis vs New Orleans concert at Crosstown Theater. The Stax […]
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