We Are The Music Makers | Celebrating American Culture

Photographer, Timothy Duffy

March 5, 2019 – June 6, 2019

Celebrating American Culture

St. Louis, MO

Timothy Duffy is a champion of the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of American roots music. For decades now, he has worked tirelessly to capture their spirits in his photography By founding the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Duffy has provided for these musicians’ basic needs, built their careers, and presented their music to the world.

We are the Music Makers! will educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers will feature photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The multi-media materials will highlight questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”


The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker gives future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.

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