As the foundation of every musical tradition, roots music is a cultural expression from all areas of our world. In America, it’s gospel, blues, and zydeco from the South. It’s country, Tejano, and rockabilly from the Southwest. It’s Americana, alt-country, and rock & roll from the Midwest. It’s folk, bluegrass, and old-time from Appalachia. But it’s also the vernacular, traditional, and indigenous music from everywhere else.
American roots music, alone, can trace its history not only through the U.S., but to Ireland, Scotland, Africa, and elsewhere. From the Great Migration to genre segregation, artificial fissures within the roots music world were forced upon the audiences and artists, but, at its heart, it is a music of the people, for the people, by the people… ALL people.
Roots music is the melting pot of world culture.
The mission of TKDubs is to support the roots music community — creators, distributors, and listeners — by creating opportunities through which a broad spectrum of diverse artists can promote their music to wider audiences. We do so by producing quality content for distribution to public radio stations and other outlets; organizing benefit events and projects; and providing assistance to artists of color, artists with disabilities, artists in the LGBTQ+ community, and others who add to the rich fabric of roots music.
TKDubs promotes the value and diversity of roots music as a cultural touchstone at a time when we need connection, community, compassion, and commitment to common purpose more than ever.
- Producing content for public media: Community, non-commercial radio and television forges ties within a local region, yet stations are often under-resourced and unable to create the kind of content they would like to air. They also lack access to artists and producers. To solve both problems, TKDubs conceives and creates original, high-quality content that serves to deepen connections between artists and audiences, while supporting public media outlets across the country.
- Connecting musicians with movements: A multitude of organizations are engaged in bettering the world at the local, regional, national, and global levels. And almost all of them would welcome the fund- and friend-raising benefits that come from a music-related event or project, but they, too, have neither the access nor the ability to connect with artists who believe in their cause. Through our Circle Up initiative, TKDubs fills that gap by pairing artists with organizations and assisting with the production of events, compilations, and other benefit projects.
- Providing assistance to marginalized artists: Pursuing a career in music is a difficult undertaking even in the best of circumstances and, as in life itself, minority artists have far from the best of circumstances. Named after Ma Rainey — the queer, Black “Mother of the Blues — our Rainey Day Fund hopes to lighten a couple of those burdens through its two components: 1) a micro-grant fund with cash gifts of up to $1,000, and 2) a suite of donated professional services — each available to minority artists and marginalized voices at key moments in their careers.
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