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15 Resources for Memphis Artists & Musicians

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Memphis’ creative history is rich and well known, but there is still plenty going on here in the present. Check out our list of resources for Memphis artists and musicians that spark creativity and ingenuity, as well as provide educational opportunities.

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In their Collaboratory (Collab + Laboratory), they have created a space for Memphis musicians to gather, create, learn, and build professional relationships. Join the Slim House family and become a member to get the most out of your experience. Different membership plans are available based on individual needs. Check out their event calendar for updates.

Creative Works seeks to equip local creatives with inspiration, opportunities, and connections. CW hosts monthly gatherings that are free to attend as well as ongoing workshops throughout the year. Go here to learn more about all their programs and follow their event page here for updates. CW also hosts the annual Creative Works Conference which features notable speakers from various industries and organizations.

Formed in 2010, Crosstown Arts aims to cultivate the creative scene in Memphis through providing resources and opportunities to support Memphis’ diverse creative community. Through hosting various visiting writers and artists and workshops, Crosstown’s community encourages learning and promotes educational and professional relationship building. Their gallery, event space, story booth, and Studio Residency Program are flexible and customizable to individual needs. See upcoming events here.

Crosstown Arts’ digital lab offers several Mac computers loaded with the newest industry standard software programs like Adobe and Pro Tools. The lab will be part of Crosstown Arts’ new shared art-making facility at Crosstown Concourse that will include a shared wood shop and other art/music making equipment and resources available to the creative community through affordable monthly memberships.

This is a free program offered by ArtsMemphis, Crosstown Arts, and Urban Art Commission. This monthly series provides creative individuals with information, resources, and opportunities to support the development of their professional careers. Local and national guest speakers and panelists cover a wide range of topics, and regular networking events provide community building opportunities. See videos from previous panelists and speakers here.

Their SoulRight Music Mentorship program allows artists, songwriters, and producers to apply for a chance to be mentored by their collection of award-winning, notable professionals. Their Talent Development Complex exists to help young professionals navigate the sometimes tricky entertainment field; it also houses the Memphis Music Resource Center. For information on all of their program offerings, go here.

Photo: ArtsMemphis

Photo: ArtsMemphis

ArtsMemphis offers a wide variety of opportunities and resources. They serve as advocates and promoters for the arts by working hard to engage with artists, supply grants, and organize fundraisers. ArtsMemphis is also seeks to raise awareness about the arts in Memphis, and they work to increase civic awareness of local talent. Their staff is available to meet one-on-one to answer any questions and help build connections in the industry.

The Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy offers three different membership levels depending on your affiliation with the industry. Students and professionals are encouraged to apply. Becoming a member allows access to an elite group of industry vets along with the ability to learn and interact with the music community. Their events make for excellent networking.

YAP strives to foster a more inclusive arts community through financial and social support while creating opportunities for young artists to grow and connect with their audiences. Become a member to get exclusive invitations to events across Memphis. Visit their website for more information on specific programs. Check out their Facebook to follow along with upcoming events.

I Love Memphis mural

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The UrbanArt Commission works to identify opportunities to create and present public art in Memphis through partnerships with municipal governments, school systems, private development corporations, and community groups. Their compilation of artist profiles and portfolios helps to achieve this goal. They also offer public art training programs and keep an updated list of public art opportunities and internships in the area. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with current events and call for artists.

The mission of Indie Memphis is to create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers. Connect, converse, listen and learn at Shoot & Splice, Indie Memphis’ monthly filmmaking forum. Arrive early to network with fellow attendees, then grab a beverage and kick back for the evening’s presentation. A wide variety of technical, education and fun topics of interest to the Memphis filmmaking community will be featured. Go to the annual Film Festival, join the MicroCinema Club, and see their youth programs. See all upcoming events here.

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance offers year-round group and private classes to help folks of all ages, incomes, abilities and backgrounds, discover and refine their talents through, professionally instructed and culturally inspired arts education in dance, music, and theater, visual and literary arts.

Spark! brings the community together to discuss a wide variety of arts-related topics. This free series features area experts in a fun, casual environment with beverages and snacks. Each spark typically lasts one hour. They also have periodic spark jr. events which are geared toward families. Check out their event page for upcoming events, and if you have an idea for a future discussion, please email them to connect@balletmemphis.org.

The Collective is an art organization dedicated to providing a platform for African American artists in Memphis. Through art based programming, workshops, and community building efforts they implore the use of creative expression as a vehicle to shift our culture towards positive growth, creativity, and strength. The Collective offers workshops (both youth based and professional development), round table discussions/critiques for working artists, a residency program, and internship programs. See their upcoming events here.

South Main Artspace Lofts are a new development led by a partnership between the City of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations. This project will convert an older warehouse into 58 affordable work/live spaces. Artspace intends to allow creative professionals to purchase space for a low-cost ranging in rent from $450 for efficiency units to $770 for three-bedroom units. There will also be several thousand square feet of retail and office space on the ground floor including a community space and an outdoor arts garden. The groundbreaking ceremony for this project is scheduled for September 29. Join the event page for more info. Want to take a tour of the space? Contact Kerry Hayes at kerry@keypublicstrategies.com.

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