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Posted: June 22, 2021

Two equity-oriented nonprofits in Memphis received a donation from novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Scott announced June 15 that she had donated $2.7 billion to 286 nonprofit organizations.

In Scott’s third round of spontaneous, no-strings-attached, major philanthropic gifts, Memphis Music Initiative received “a significant seven-figure” gift and Collage Dance Collective received $3 million.  

Both Memphis Music Initiative and Collage Dance Collective aim to uplift young artists by creating equitable opportunities for Black and brown youth in the arts. 

As the largest Black-owned dance studio in the South, Collage Dance Collective establishes itself as a fixture in Memphis’ arts scene with a mission to “increase access to outstanding ballet training, increase diversity on professional ballet stages and increase participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events.”


Join us Sept. 25th, 12 – 4p for food trucks, tours, music and the largest celebration of dance with Collage Dance, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem + more!



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