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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ABC Local 24: Stax Music Academy providing outlet to young adults with a songwriting challenge of protest songs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Stax Music Academy is encouraging young adults who are struggling with the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd to channel their emotions through music. For the last eight nights, Memphians have marched, chanted and sang. “Protest music is the oldest music itself,” Pat Mitchell Worley, Stax Music Academy Executive Director […]
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