Many musical pioneers and heroes of Southern musical traditions have been forgotten. Today, many such musicians are living in extreme poverty and need food, shelter, medical care, and other assistance. Music Maker works with musicians rooted in a Southern musical tradition who are over the age of 55 and have an annual income less than $18,000 per year.
Music Maker provides grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief, offers professional development to keep musicians active, supports preservation of musical traditions, and assists musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The Music Maker Relief Foundation is helping to preserve roots music for people to celebrate now and for generations to come. They hope to provide a brighter future and improved quality of life for the forgotten heroes and pioneers of Southern music.