Memphis Music Resources
More than a century ago, music began pouring into Memphis, Tennessee. Musicians of all races and backgrounds came together and, for the love of music, created a sound that changed the cultural complexion of the world forever. America’s music exploded out of Memphis. Today, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors many of the greatest musicians of all time, who created this city’s musical legacy, and who shook our planet to the core! The Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors many of the greatest musicians of all time, who created this city’s musical legacy, and who shook our planet to the core!
The mission of the Soulsville Foundation is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the many unique cultural assets of the Soulsville, USA, neighborhood in Memphis, while supporting the development of new educational and community-building opportunities. The Soulsville Foundation is also affiliated with the Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum, and The Soulsville Charter School.
Memphis Tourism is the offical guide and best source to Memphis attractions, hotels, restaurants, coupons and things to do. To see upcoming live music, click here. Memphis is an authentic and vibrant destination headlined by music and full of one-of-a-kind experiences: Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Sun Studio, performing arts, alternative rock and Blues music, an ornamental metal museum, Beale Street, pandas at the Memphis Zoo, National Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi River views, mouthwatering barbecue, lively festivals, and intriguing galleries and museums. These only begin the list of what’s so great about the Home of the Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll. They want to make your visit as easy as possible. Download their visitor information guide, see trip ideas online or call them at 1-888-633-9099. If you are a professional travel or meeting planner, you have immediate access to their sales team ready to assist in bringing your meeting or group to Memphis. They’ll show you why “America’s Friendliest City” has received so many Gold Service and Pinnacle Awards.
Choose901 is a movement of passionate Memphians who want to invest and enjoy their lives in the Bluff City. These are the people who know and believe that Memphis isn’t becoming a good city, but is already a great city. A real city with problems that need to be solved. A growing city with opportunities to be seized. A fun city with so much to enjoy. Choose901 exists to share these great things and introduce these great people to each other while being a positive megaphone to the rest of the world. To find out about music events in the area, check out their music page.
The mission of the Orpheum Theatre is to enhance the communities they serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. The Orpheum has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the theatre also hosts performances by Ballet Memphis, various concerts, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge. The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education introduced a new downtown space for performances, events, education, and outreach in 2015. Totaling over 39,000 square feet, the centre provides ample space for the Orpheum Theatre Group's own education and community programs. The new centre also allows us to present more concerts, family programs, and multicultural events in a modern theatre with a state-of-the-art sound system. Since it first opened in 1928, the Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and architectural beauty. Under the leadership of the then-Memphis Development Foundation, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Register of Historic Places. With annual maintenance expenses of more than $650,000, in the last 35 years the Orpheum Theatre has undergone more than $15 million in renovation and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace.
The City of Memphis has an untapped natural resource. While it has maintained its mid-tier global status on the strength of its rich music history and heritage, it has not capitalized on the current talent in a meaningful way to establish music as an economic driver for the city and region. The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) is an effort designed to serve the City of Memphis by facilitating and coordinating a strategy to leverage the music resources and assets of the community in an intentional way to have a highly qualified and informed pool of talent that is poised for careers in the music industry.
Memphis Music Initiative's in-schools music engagement is their original direct program, which helps transform music classrooms into learning laboratories for personal development, growing student confidence and self-efficacy. MMI pairs professional musicians with more than 45 Memphis schools, impacting more than 4,000 students. Their Music Engagement Fellows provide instruction in the classroom and connect students to the Memphis music community through field trips around the city.
GPAC is a multidisciplinary performing arts facility whose mission is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to EDUCATE, engage, enrich and transform. Opened in 1994, GPAC has an acoustically perfect, 868 seat main stage theater, Watkins Studio Theater and oversees two outdoor performances spaces. GPAC presents world renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year round educational activities for all ages, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, and a committed board of directors.
Since 1996, the Buckman Performing Arts Center has inspired the Memphis arts scene through creative programming that features a rich variety of internationally renowned artists, dancers and musicians. Buckman audiences have come to expect the unexpected, while reveling in the daring and provocative offerings they find on The Rose Theater stage.
Playhouse on the Square has a mission to produce a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work that speaks to the intelligence, the soul, and the imagination of the Memphis community; to provide a nurturing artistic home for actors, directors, designers, and staff in which they can practice their craft and share their talent; and to make all of their productions available through access, outreach, and educational activities to everyone in the community regardless of financial circumstances.
At ArtsMemphis, they're working to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. In 2019, they awarded 164 grants to 72 local arts groups and artists, totaling $2.5 million. ArtsMemphis was founded by volunteer community leaders in 1963. They are one of the nation's largest United Arts Funds and were ranked 7th largest United Arts Funds campaign for the most recent fiscal year surveyed (2015). In fiscal year 2019, they awarded grants to 63 arts organizations and 9 individual artists. They've invested over $40 million into local arts and culture in the last ten years. Every dollar they raise helps us support local arts groups and artists. The groups and programs they support reach more than 2.5 million audience members in every zip code in Shelby County, including 700,000 youth.