To sustain Memphis' world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts.


Founded in 1963, ArtsMemphis is an innovative community fund that provides funding, mentoring, and advocacy on behalf of arts, music, dance, and theater programs in Memphis, Tennessee. Started by community leaders with a deep commitment to the arts, ArtsMemphis’ mission is to raise funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone.

Over the last decade, ArtsMemphis has worked to build a significant endowment for ongoing grantmaking, brokered partnerships with key corporations and foundations in the area, and supported significant community engagement campaigns like the Audience Development Initiative to bolster the organization’s presence and impact within the communities it serves.
As a result of these efforts, ArtsMemphis has been able to provide over $40 million to more than 60 community arts organizations.

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