Partners & Friends

Check out some other groups we support or work with. Here’s to keeping live music strong!

 

Live and Listen, LLC is a music production and apparel company aimed at increasing public awareness for charities, local businesses, and music. One part of our business strategy is to build awareness of the artists and/or groups via the Internet, social media, and live events. We feature various up-and-coming artists/groups through a tireless social media campaign. Live events are booked, promoted, and funded by Live and Listen and our sponsors.


Blind Willie McTell Music Festival

As birthplace of the influential blues guitarist Blind Willie McTell, we celebrate his life and legacy at the annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. Blind Willie’s influence continues to affect music lovers and concert goers regularly. In 1992, the Activities Council of Thomson, GA began hosting the Blind Willie Blues Festival, now called the Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. For 27 years, the festival brings music, food and fun to Willie’s birthplace in order to honor his legacy and keep the music playing.


Hop On A Cure:

Hop On A Cure is committed to supporting research to prevent, reverse, and cure ALS while raising awareness, building a compassionate community, and unleashing the healing power of hope.

John Driskell Hopkins (Hop), a founding and active member of Zac Brown Band, was diagnosed with ALS in December of 2021 and immediately went into action by creating Hop On A Cure Foundation, Inc.

There is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt or reverse the progression of the disease. Currently, a severe deficit exists in this funding which is needed to identify and understand the cellular mechanisms and risk factors of ALS. By understanding the mechanisms that occur on a cellular level with ALS, scientists can identify exactly what is causing the motor neurons to degenerate which dictates the approach used in developing effective treatments. In order to achieve these goals, and put an end to ALS, there is a great need for funding and continued research. Hop On A Cure aims to lower this deficit by funding research that will make ALS a thing of the past.


Songs for Kids Foundation:

Songs For Kids provides music mentorship and interactive programs for kids and young adults with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities. We focus on creative expression, encourage exploration in a safe space, and never lose sight of the fun.


Music Maker Foundation:

Music Maker Foundation seeks out the carriers of America’s oldest roots music traditions. We develop long-term relationships with senior artists who are extremely knowledgeable and show excellence in those traditions.

Our programs serve the most vulnerable artists — those marginalized by age, poverty, race, gender, etc. — because these are the artists least likely to have the resources to share their musical messages with the world. They have difficulty accessing broader audiences and often lack the tools needed to reach their creative potential.

Since 1994, we have served over 500 musicians whose work spans the entire history of American music: blues, gospel, folk, singer-songwriter, Appalachian string band and Native American. Our primary focus is on musicians 55 years and older, and we provide financial grants only to those making less than $25,000 per year, or who face a crisis. We also work with some emerging musicians, often in collaboration with senior artists who want to carry their traditions forward.


Atlanta Blues Society:

The Atlanta Blues Society is an all volunteer member organization dedicated to the Education and preservation of the uniquely American art form known traditionally as the blues. We are comprised of a rich mixture of culturally diverse people brought together through our common appreciation of the heritage and history of the Blues. The ABS was incorporated as a Georgia Corporation and was granted 501 (c) 3 status by the Internal Revenue Service on November 29, 2001. Since our inception in 1995 we have known that education bridges the gap between generations and links the future to the past; that the one be not forgotten and the other not neglected. From its roots in the field “hollars” of slavery, to gospel, through the roaring 20s, the jazz age, country, to the birth of rock and roll, the Blues has touched American music and us all.


Live at The Print Shop:

Live at the Print Shop is an online YouTube live concert series from Blank Records and Blank Threads. The show is a multi-camera intimate concert set inside the print shop at Blank Threads. Featuring rising artists as well as seasoned songwriters and performers from every genre.

Performances are mostly original with some well known covers from each artist. With a professional staff and cultivated atmosphere the process is relaxed and unique in capturing artists truly in their element. Check in frequently to hear your next favorite artist and head over to www.shopblankthreads.com to get unique gear to show your support for live authentic music and songwriters!

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