Stax Music Academy

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Our 10th Annual Heart Full of Soul was such a blast, and we are so excited to continue this tradition this year with the talented students of Stax Music Academy. #ThrowbackThursday
Our 10th Annual Heart Full of Soul was such a blast, and we are so excited to continue this tradition this year with the talented students of Stax Music Academy. #ThrowbackThursday
So excited to return to the Newport Folk Festival as part of this summer's Sunday lineup! I am so grateful to the Newport Festivals Foundation which has made a grant to The Soulsville Foundation's Stax Music Academy in Memphis. Stax is an after school and summer music institute located adjacent to the home of the legendary ’60s-’70s soul record label Stax Records. Funds will be used to provide a full scholarship for a Stax Music Academy student for their Summer Music Experience.
Thank you to Concord for working with the Soulsville Foundation and committing funding to cover the full cost of at least 20 students per year for five years to attend Stax Music Academy! ⁠

The Concord Stax Scholarships are presented to each student in the name of an iconic Stax recording artist or executive, and this month we're honoring the legendary Linda Lyndell, whose powerful voice captivated Otis Redding himself before she signed to Stax's sister label, Volt, and released her first single in 1967. Her memorable hit "What A Man" reached the top 50 on the Billboard charts.
ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT: Please welcome Valerie June back to the Fort as part of this summer's Sunday lineup. On her behalf, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to The Soulsville Foundation's Stax Music Academy. Stax is an after school and summer music institute located adjacent to the home of the legendary ’60s-’70s soul record label Stax Records. Funds will be used to provide a full scholarship for a Stax Music Academy student for their Summer Music Experience.
So excited for our friends over at Stax Music Academy and their upcoming #BlackHistoryMonth virtual concert!
Join me on the show next week as I'll be talking to musician Keia Johnson and Tonya Dyson from Memphis Slim Collaboratory about these terrific virtual events in collaboration with Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stax Music Academy
Toujours dans le cadre de #BlackHistoryMonth Month, la Stax Music Academy organise un concert virtuel le 15 février. 🎤 ♫
Venez à la rencontre des élèves ! Ils présenteront la musique noire américaine de ses débuts jusqu'à aujourd'hui en interprétant des classiques de B.B. King, des Pointer Sisters, Ike & Tina Turner, Rufus Thomas et Duke Ellington, et des titans actuels de la musique pop comme Beyonce.
Si vous voulez participer à l’évènement, inscrivez-vous contre donation libre: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stax-music-academy-stax-museum-black-history-month-2022-virtual-shows-tickets-237614901567
Thanks to Ryan Bergeron of CNN's Impact Your world for this great story on our upcoming Stax Music Academy #BlackHistoryMonth virtual concert production.
The Blues Foundation invites you to register for Stax Museum of American Soul Music's virtual tour and the Stax Music Academy's virtual concert for Black History Month!

These special shows are FREE for everyone. The museum tour focuses on the achievements of Blues Hall of Famers and Stax Records icons Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers and Booker T. & the M.G.'s drummer Al Jackson Jr., along with stories on promotions man and eventual label owner Al Bell, and songwriting/recording artist Bettye Crutcher.

The Stax Music Academy concert features Black American Music by the likes of Blues Hall of Famer Rufus Thomas, Duke Ellington, and Beyonce.
Register for the FREE virtual tour & concert here: https://bit.ly/stax-bhm22
The Blues Foundation invites you to register for Stax Museum of American Soul Music's virtual tour and the Stax Music Academy's virtual concert for Black History Month!

These special shows are FREE for everyone. The museum tour focuses on the achievements of Blues Hall of Famers and Stax Records icons Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers and Booker T. & the M.G.'s drummer Al Jackson Jr., along with stories on promotions man and eventual label owner Al Bell, and songwriting/recording artist Bettye Crutcher.

The Stax Music Academy concert features Black American Music by the likes of Blues Hall of Famer Rufus Thomas, Duke Ellington, and Beyonce.

Register for the FREE virtual tour & concert here: https://bit.ly/stax-bhm22

Stax Music Academy exists to nurture and present the next generation of great Soul Communicators Mission

The STAX Music Academy inspires young people and enhances their academic, cognitive, performance, and leadership skills by utilizing music with an intense focus on the rich legacy and tradition of STAX Records.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

On Saturday, we hosted auditions for our Summer Music Experience and welcomed a number of new students and families! Due to high demand, we have added an additional audition date.

YOUNG MUSICIANS - Looking for a a FUN and immersive music experience this summer? Join us for our FINAL audition date this Friday, May 13th 3 - 5 :30 PM @ Stax Music Academy

Email [email protected] today to claim your audition slot before they fill!

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

Tomorrow night! Tune into WKNO's live radio show for Opera Memphis's preview event @ 7 PM. Our SMA Opera Ensemble will be joining the cast during the show! Stream for free with the link -http://ow.ly/I4rM50J3wIW

05/05/2022

Collaborations, a joint production between Youth Ballet Memphis and the Stax Music Academy, will open tomorrow night at 7:30pm in the Fly Studio!

Throughout the spring semester, our Songwriting Cohort has been collaborating with Ballet Memphis in preparation for this show. Students from Stax Music Academy will have their own original songs featured with accompanying choreography created and performed by students at Youth Ballet Memphis.

Click the link to purchase tickets - https://tickets.balletmemphis.org/TheatreManager/1/online?event=0

Collaborations, a Youth Ballet Memphis production featuring original music by the Stax Music Academy, will open tomorrow night at 7:30pm in the Fly Studio!

Our student choreographers have answered some questions about their pieces that you can read on the blog!

https://balletmemphis.org/news/ybm-collaborations-q-a

04/26/2022

We can’t wait to sing and dance with you all this Thursday for our Spring Soul Fest @ Handy Park on Beale!

Join us in the park 5-7:15 for games, arts and crafts, live music, and FUN! The venue does not have seating available, so bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket if you wish to. :)

Timeline photos 04/20/2022

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary, our 2022 Summer Music Experience theme is WATTSTAX! From the curriculum & field trips to the setlists & costumes, this will be a memorable summer at Stax Music Academy.

Students! Come enjoy your summer with us in a vibrant, music, educational, and FUN atmosphere. Click the link for details on how to join http://ow.ly/TAM050IO7MA

SME AUDITIONS - May 7th, 10 am - 3 pm. Email [email protected] to schedule your audition today!

Photos Courtesy of Saul Zaentz Company

Timeline photos 04/15/2022

Thank you to Concord and its Stax Records division for committing funding to cover the full cost of at least 20 students per year for five years to attend Stax Music Academy. The Concord Stax Scholarships will be presented to each student in the name of an iconic Stax recording artist or executive. Today we celebrate a KING of SOUL, the one and only, Otis Redding!!

04/08/2022

Stax Music Academy MYTHBUSTERS

to this Stax Music Academy Myth Buster video! With our Summer Music Experience auditions right around the corner, we wanted to address some common assumptions about the programming we do here at the Stax Music Academy.

Looking for a vibrant, music, educational, and FUN atmosphere to spend this summer? Audition for our Summer Music Experience SATURDAY, MAY 7TH 10AM-3PM. Click the link for more details! https://staxmusicacademy.org/news/stories/stax-music-academy-announces-summer-music-experience-2022/

Timeline photos 04/07/2022

💥CALLING ALL YOUTH SONGWRITERS!💥

🎤Mic Drop. A talent showcase with celebrity judges and prize packages to help you in your music career. This prize package is not something you want to miss out on!!

📆 UPDATE - New submission deadline is May 18th

04/01/2022

One of our Stax Music Academy Alumni, Singa Bromfield, is performing with Al Kapone Music at the Beale Street Music Festival on 4/29. They just released the song "Box Me In." Congratulations!! We are so proud of Singa!

03/31/2022

International Jazz Month starts TOMORROW! To celebrate, The Stax Music Academy will emphasize the importance of the native sounds of Memphis music. What often goes unnoticed is the intersection of blues, soul, and gospel within the American art form known as jazz. Want to learn more? Mark your calendars for these events!

FREE EVENTS - click the link for details and registrations info https://staxmusicacademy.org/news/stories/international-jazz-month-celebrations-include-performances-virtual-session-master-class/

Thursday, April 14, 4:30 - 5:45 - FREE master class with producer, engineer, instrumentalist, and composer Hamilton Hardin

Friday, April 29 at 6:30 pm Overton Park Shell's Shell on Wheels 5 Fridays of Jazz Series (Benjamin Hooks Library) https://fb.me/e/6iCS4gsrs

Celebrating International Jazz Day on April 30, SMA will host “Blue Roots – Of Soul and Swing: The Memphis Sound,” a free virtual experience showcasing the music of Memphis jazz giants, exclusive interviews, and a never before seen SMA Jazz Ensemble performance

03/30/2022

CAMPUS CLOSED - 3/30/22

Due to the pending inclement weather, SMA and TSCS programming is canceled! The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is going to CLOSE today at 1pm.

Photos from Stax Music Academy's post 03/29/2022

“It’s more than music, it’s SOUL music”

SOUL KIDS MEMPHIS PREMIERE. We are still overflowing with joy and gratitude from this weekend. Thank you Indie Memphis, Crosstown Arts and our 926 SMA Alumni Band for helping make the night unforgettable

Lastly, THANK YOU Hugo Sobelman for creating this film. You perfectly captured the heart and SOUL of what we do at Stax Music Academy

Stax Music Academy announces Summer Music Experience 2022 - Stax Music Academy 03/29/2022

Stax Music Academy announces Summer Music Experience 2022 - Stax Music Academy

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner, which means we are starting auditions for our SUMMER MUSIC EXPERIENCE!

6th - 12th grade musicians, you don’t want to miss this! Come enjoy your summer with us in a vibrant, music, educational, and FUN atmosphere. Deadline to audition May 15th.

Click the link for details! https://staxmusicacademy.org/news/stories/stax-music-academy-announces-summer-music-experience-2022/

Stax Music Academy announces Summer Music Experience 2022 - Stax Music Academy The Stax Music Academy is in full swing preparing for our in-person Summer Music Experience 2022. Students will enjoy collaborative music opportunities, live performances, off-site learning, choreography training, audio engineering, filmmaking, songwriting, and more. The Summer Music Experience will...

Photos from Stax Music Academy's post 03/28/2022

Last week we hosted our weekly Women Breaking The Ceiling panel with special guest, President & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Beverly Robertson! Thank you for taking the time to speak with students about positions of leadership and the dynamics of being a leader in your field.

Register for free for our next panel with VP, Community Engagement & Executive Director for Grizz Community, Abusheri Ohwofasa. Wednesday, March 30th, 4:30 - 5:30 @ Stax Music Academy.

Open to young women and girls in the community - Eventbrite Link / https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-womens-history-month-series-breaking-the-ceiling-with-soul-registration-277665524057

03/23/2022

SOUL KIDS (Memphis Premiere + Performance) // Saturday, March 21

"𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙮 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘. 𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙎𝙊𝙐𝙇 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘."
THIS SATURDAY! Celebrate the students of Stax Music Academy during SOUL KIDS (Memphis Premiere + Performance) -- featuring in-person Q&A with Director Hugo Sobelman and subjects of the film -- PLUS a special performance from 926, the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band!

📅 Saturday, March 26 @ 7:00PM
📍 Crosstown Theater
🎟️: Tickets - $15 https://bit.ly/3i7g9SP

Presented by Indie Memphis, Stax Music Academy, and Crosstown Arts

03/23/2022

Are you ready for a revolution? Memphis Music Initiative is launching Call & Response: The Sound of Black Arts Revolution to transform the way Black creative youth development is centered and funded. Black Pay Matters. Black Rest Matters. Black Legacy Matters. Learn more about the campaign at callandresponse.org. And watch Episode One of MMI’s Call & Response web series: https://bit.ly/37DDids

Photos from Stax Music Academy's post 03/22/2022

Highlights from the weekend! Our Premiere Percussion Ensemble performed a traditional Taiko demonstration at Memphis Botanic Garden's annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Timeline photos 03/15/2022

Thank you to Concord and its Stax Records division for committing funding to cover the full cost of at least 20 students per year for five years to attend Stax Music Academy. The Concord Stax Scholarships will be presented to each student in the name of an iconic Stax recording artist or executive. Today we celebrate philanthropist, minister, and Stax artist with the powerful voice behind the top charting song, "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)", Dr. MABLE JOHN!

Timeline photos 03/10/2022

UPCOMING AUDITION DATE! Is your young person involved in band or choir at school or church? Does your child write songs or create their own music? Does your child want to be around other young artists? Young musicians, creatives, artists, singers, songwriters, Stax Music Academy is a place for them. Friday, April 1st, 3 - 6 PM! See photo for details on how to schedule an audition.

Photos from Stax Music Academy's post 03/08/2022

Last week we kicked off our “Women Breaking the Ceiling” Q&A sessions with Senior Product Manager for @Blizzard Entertainment, Elisabeth Benson! Thank you for speaking with our students about what it takes to step up to positions of leadership and the dynamics of being a leader in male-dominated fields.

Make sure you register for our next panel with President and CEO of Greater Memphis Chamber, Beverly Robertson.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4:30 - 5:30 @ Stax Music Academy
Free to young women and girls in the community - Eventbrite Link / https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-womens-history-month-series-breaking-the-ceiling-with-soul-registration-277666276307

02/28/2022

Kicking off our series is Elisabeth Benson! Elisabeth is a Senior Product Manager for one of the largest American video game developers, Blizzards Entertainment. Read more about her career journey below and join us Wednesday, March 2nd, 4:30 - 5:30 for an in-depth Q&A and discussion. Free to all 6th - 12th-grade female students in the Greater Memphis Area - Register for free today with the Eventbrite link - https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=277665524057/ (Spots are limited!)

Photos from Stax Music Academy's post 02/28/2022

Last week we celebrated the release of our 2022 Black History Month Show with a wrap party! It was an evening of uplifting all the people that made this show possible. A huge thank you to staff, parents, and students for the hours of dedication and hard work put in to make this show possible. If you haven’t watched the film, it’s not too late! Click the link and register for free to receive the show link and access to our companion study guide & teacher guides - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/237614901567/

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Stax Music Academy MYTHBUSTERS
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#SoulFitSeries - Funky Chicken by Rufus Thomas
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Stax Music Academy Presents our 2022 Black History Month Production
#GiftOfSoul
Gift Of Soul!
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Behind The Music

Location

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926 E McLemore Ave
Memphis, TN
38106

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm

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