In honor of Black History Month, the Mockingbird Foundation is making a $1,000 donation to The National Museum of African American Music. Housed in a 56,000-square-foot facility which opened in Nashville on January 18, 2021, NMAAM offers more than a half-dozen wide-ranging exhibits, as well as online resources including an informative blog. NMAAM has also partnered with the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music to offer concerts featuring Black composers and musicians, academic events, and an archive of books, scores, recordings, and other material objects in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.
The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer, fan-founded and -managed 501c3 supporting music education for children. It has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996. The Foundation is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through phish.net since 1994. Also a leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made 492 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $1.8M. Funds for grants are generated through generous donations from a loyal base of fans, as well as through books, recordings, artwork, merchandise, and special events.