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The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s

Memphis Soul Preservation Project

Washington D.C.

              Memphis Soul Preservation Project:


In 2016 School Music became involved with Professor John Hasse, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in developing The Memphis Music Preservation Project.  The project’s goal is to locate, collect, archive, exhibit – and most importantly - preserve the important work and influence of American Soul Music: Memphis Rhythm and Blues  artists, composers and musicians.


This project recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Memphis R&B as one of the U.S.A’s most original music platforms, which also represents the first and widest-reaching transracial and integrated musical collaboration in American musical history.


We are honored and privileged to have this wonderful opportunity to support the museum in pulling this collection together so it is justifiably preserved forever. Music is for everyone and made by everyone. At a time when black and white people could not eat together nor go to the same schools, the music in Memphis was born. This early 1960‘s interracial collaboration among musicians framed the foundation of what became Memphis rhythm and blues.  The raw honesty and passion of these efforts lives on decade after decade, “Often imitated; never duplicated.”


When people come together there is no limit to the innovation, creativity, inspiration, and partnerships that are possible.


Roger, Kaufman

Founder Old School Music Productions

January 1, 2016

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To hear an interview about the Memphis Music Preservation Project with Roger Kaufman on “All Things Considered” hosted by Ed Hardman, please click HERE.

Steve Cropper Donation, December 1, 2016 - Official Launch of the Memphis Collection.

Read Donor Histories and See Photos of Memphis Music Donation Events:

Click HERE for the Modern Music Preservation Project.