The Music Maker Relief Foundation turns 25 this year. And the organization is giving rather than getting the birthday presents.
After assisting more than 450 artists with living and health expenses, the nonprofit will commemorate its time with a variety of projects. The multi-artist Blue Muse compilation — which features tracks by Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Dom Flemons and Robert Finley as well as Music Maker-assisted artists — arrives Feb. 1 (pre-order here) and is premiering exclusively below. A graphic novel Tales of the Music Makers, illustrated by the late Harvey Pekar, publishes during February as well, while Music Maker Timothy Duffy’s photo book Blue Muse comes out March 28, with a traveling exhibition opening April 25 at the New Orleans Museum of Art during the city’s Jazz & Heritage Festival. Music Makers will also have a presence at several other festivals this year.