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Thank You From the Executive Director of The MusicianShip

Dear D.C., On Saturday, May 11, you kept the funk alive at the 6th Annual Funk Parade. Despite the day being fraught with literal and figurative rainy moments, you exuded the Funk Parade spirit—a spirit of love, togetherness, cultural celebration, and one that emerges from the trenches, against all odds. When The MusicianShip was asked […]

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Funk Parade Announces 2019 Performers

WASHINGTON DC [April 10, 2019] The DC Department of Funk is excited to announce our initial line up preview for the 2019 Festival!  All of the performances will be taking place on Saturday, May 11th at over 20 venues and stages around the city.  This announcement is just the initial line up with more bands, […]

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Annual Funk Parade Returns with New Leadership, Acts & Wristband Portal! WASHINGTON, DC [April 4, 2019] – Funk Parade season is upon us. The official theme for the entire 2019 Festival is “Keepin’ The Funk Alive.” The theme is a celebration of the restored vision and commitment of The MusicianShip to grow the festival into […]

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Wammie Weekend – The Winners, Photos, and a Survey!

The DC Region’s famous Wammie Awards returned this year with a two-day weekend experience that celebrated the beauty and diversity of the region’s arts and music scene. 2019 Wammie Awards Winners To see who took home the prizes, visit our Winners List. Wammie Weekend Photo Collection To relive the weekend through photos, visit our collection […]

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The Wammie Awards Returns with Two-Day Experience

31-year-old Music Celebration to Highlight DC Artists & Musicians with Conference and Awards Show FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DC – The MusicianShip, a charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities, announces The Wammie Awards’ new two-day experience. Wammie Weekend will start with a Day Conference on Saturday, March 30th and culminate with […]

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The MusicianShip Acquires the DC Funk Parade

  The MusicianShip will now be home to the DC Funk Parade! Starting in 2019, the community-based music and arts festival which boasts 70,000 attendees each year will be produced by The MusicianShip. What’s the DC Funk Parade all about? “It honors the power of bringing people together and making them feel all right,” says […]

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The MusicianShip Acquires the Washington Area Music Association And Brings Back The Wammies

The MusicianShip Organization Acquires the Washington Area Music Association And Brings Back The Wammies Changing Lives With Music FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, D.C. – On Monday, August 6, members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) were notified that despite WAMA’s announcement to dissolve earlier this year, the highly-popular Wammie Award Show would be […]

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Dianne’s Recital 2018 Wows with Special Guest Appearance by Marcus Johnson

The MusicianShip kicked off August with Dianne’s Recital, an annual performance featuring our talented students. Each year, this special event honors the memory of one of our organization’s founders, Dianne Grainger, whose passion and purpose was to serve youth through music. This year’s event did not disappoint: Our students brought their A-games to serve up […]

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Undercover Musician: Thomas Hatcher

Welcome to our content series called Undercover Musicians. In this series, we talk to friendly humans who have everyday jobs – accountants, nurses, and lawyers – and who also have previous or current careers as singers, songwriters or musicians. Thomas Hatcher is next on the list for this series. By day he’s an Adjunct Professor in […]

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