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Meet the Grantees: Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

It is hard to miss the rich musical history present in Memphis. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum serves as a gateway to the Memphis music experience by working to preserve and tell the story of Memphis music to perpetuate its legacy. The museum tells the story of musicians, music, labels, and studios that are not told elsewhere to preserve the legacy of musical pioneers of our city.

The inception of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul museum is unique and brings special attention to both Memphis and our music. The museum originated as a traveling exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition was about American music, but naturally kept circling back to the Delta and Memphis as the roots of American music. Once the traveling exhibit ended, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum was born in 2000. 

The museum has developed the free Memphis Music App which allows users to meet new Memphis musicians, keep up to date on Memphis music news, and test their Memphis music knowledge. There is also a feature to help find local Memphis music events. Music attractions and local live music venues are listed so that anyone can dive into the Memphis music scene and support local artists. 

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum receives funding from ArtsMemphis and utilized a recent Enhancement Grant in 2018 to assist with the Hall After Dark monthly concert series. Once per month, the museum opens after hours to invite visitors in for a concert performed by a local artist surrounded by memorabilia and history of Memphis music legends, allowing the museum to further utilize their space. 

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul museum has become recognized as one of our city’s most prominent museums perfectly placed in the center of downtown tourism. The museum has opened its doors to over 1,000,000 visitors from all over the world bringing international attention to our city.

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