Make Memphis a city of choice for musicians.
Music Export Memphis was founded on two core beliefs.
First: music makes cities better. It drives economic development, it attracts new talent, it creates vibrant communities.
Second: musicians choose to live in cities where there are opportunities.
In Memphis, we’re lucky to have an incredibly rich musical heritage and a low cost of living, two things that attract artists to move here. We believe that opportunities – like those available through Music Export Memphis – are key to keeping them here. And when they stay, our city – everyone in our city, not just those in the music community – stands to benefit.
When you support Music Export Memphis, you make Memphis a city of choice for musicians. You affirm our city's rich, living, breathing cultural tradition as a music city. And you support the growth of a thriving music economy and one of the most innovative organizations supporting music ecosystems in the United States.
Here's a snapshot of how your gift powers Memphis musicians:
$75 – or just $6.25 monthly – pays for an order of stickers or download cards for a musician through our Merch Fund program, which requires them to spend money with a Memphis business. The funds stay in the Memphis, and the artists bring in more revenue from merchandise sales on the road.
$150 – or just $12.50 monthly – covers a conference registration for an Ambassador Industry Scholarship recipient, who will bring their knowledge back home for an educational session at Memphis Slim House.
$250 – or just $21 monthly – goes directly to a solo artist as a stipend for performing at a MEM showcase around the country in front of industry, media and fans through our Experiences program.
$500 – or just $42 monthly – provides a tour support grant to a solo singer-songwriter or a small ensemble touring regionally through our Ambassador program. Ambassadors use these funds on gas, van rentals, or even hotel rooms – giving them a real night’s rest that they can’t get crashing on a couch or floor.
$1,000 – or just $83 monthly – provides a tour support grant to a 4- or 5-piece band on a national tour through our Ambassador program.