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Ambassador grants launch next month

We’re thrilled to announce that the pilot of our Ambassador program, which will provide grants to touring Memphis musicians, will officially launch on July 2! On that date, artists will be able to begin applying for funds via a form on this site. All applicants will be reviewed by the MEM board of directors. The decision to fund an artist […]

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Big ideas at the Music Cities Think Tank

by Elizabeth Cawein Two weeks ago I had the honor of attending (and presenting at) Sound Music Cities’ Music Cities Think Tank in Austin, Texas, happening alongside the SXSW music festival and conference. Cities from Toronto to Fort Collins to Washington, D.C., were in the house to learn, share best practices and build community at this two-day gathering. The sessions ranged from issues […]

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MEM on the road

We’ve got a busy few months ahead – if you want to talk Memphis music, here’s where you’ll find us: AmericanaFest UK MEM Director Elizabeth Cawein will be in London January 30 – February 2 for the AmericanaFest UK festival and conference and to connect with partners in the UK. Folk Alliance International Elizabeth will be at Folk Alliance in […]

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Looking back, looking forward

2017 was a pretty stellar year for Music Export Memphis. In this post you’ll find some of the highlights, as well as a look ahead at what’s in store for 2018. Our first-ever Memphis Picnic at SXSW was also our first aggressive partnership with the Memphis entrepreneurial community to use music as a talent attraction tool. The event was co-hosted […]

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MEM in The Daily News

“That effort, appropriately enough, is called the Music Export Memphis initiative. It is the brainchild of Memphis-based marketing professional Elizabeth Cawein, who’s built her career – and a boutique marketing agency, Signal Flow PR – around musicians and the music industry. At a high level, the Music Export Memphis banner already has encompassed shows like the South by Southwest performance; […]

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Cash incentives could connect tourism + talent retention + music

by Elizabeth Cawein The concept for the MEM ambassador program was something I developed fairly early on in this music export adventure. It’s pretty simple: Memphis musicians are already touring across the country and the world, so why not incentivize them to be ambassadors for the city? (Which they definitely already are – so why not equip them with tools and […]

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Music Tourism Convention: sweat the small stuff

by Elizabeth Cawein I’m behind (what’s new?) in sharing my experiences at the Music Tourism Convention, produced a few weeks ago in Frankin, Tenn., by my friends at Sound Diplomacy/Music Cities Events (the same team behind Music Cities Convention in Memphis in – eek! – just a few weeks). I enjoyed speaking on a panel alongside Judy Hood from the […]

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Introducing the MEM Board of Directors

Pop the champagne! We’re officially a chartered nonprofit and a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization! We owe many thanks to our long-time fiscal sponsor, Memphis Rock’n’Soul Inc. – they operate the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum. If you haven’t been to either/both, check them out. They celebrate the history of Memphis music but the team there […]

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