The Power of Music to Transform
David "Flash" Fleischman - a native of Memphis who returned home to give back to the musicians who transformed his life.
"Memphis is seen as an international music town all over the world. We are the home of the Blues, the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll adn the cradle of Soul." - David Fleischman
" ArtsMemphis has consistently provided much needed financial support to The Blues Foundation during my twelve years at the helm, but beyond that it has provided us with a much wider recognition and respect within the Memphis community." - Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation President & CEO
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photo: Blues Hall of Fame, 421 South Main
In May, The Blues Foundation will open, in part through ArtsMemphis support, The Blues Hall of Fame - a tribute to the art form that has shaped our city into an international cultural destination. The creation of The Blues Hall of Fame involved the work of many musicians and fans including David "Flash" Fleischman - a native Memphis who returned home to give back to the musicians who transformed his life.
+ Opens May 2015
+ Recognizes 400 inductees
+ Ten galleries showcase exhibits celebrating musicians, artists and fans around the world
ArtsMemphis made the first investment in The Blues Hall of Fame with a $175,000 challenge grant - a seal of approval that led to over $1 million from other local funders.
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+ Provides $65,000 in scholarships and assistance to artists yearly
+ Brings more than 10,000 visitors and 700 blues artists to Memphis a year, resulting in a $6 million annual economic impact
ArtsMemphis has provided significant annual financial support and promotion for the Blues Music Awards and International Blues Challenge. Including, funding for 5,000 students to visit the Blues Hall of Fame through ArtsFirst partnership with the First Tennessee Foundation.
Photo: Grady Champion, winner of the 2010 International Blues Challenge, is now managed by David who discovered him when he judged the IBC.