Original work by Memphis artist Evelina Dillon
Fine Arts Poster Voting
UPDATE: The voting date for Visions of Memphis has been adjusted below.
As part of this year's Salute to Memphis, we hosted an open call for all local artists to submit an original work based on their interpretation of the city. The submission period has closed, but now it's up to the public to decide which artwork will become the 2019 Fine Arts Poster. View the submissions and select your favorite when voting opens on February 1. Your vote could put a local “undiscovered” artist’s work in front of the world!
BSMF19 Lineup Clues
The 2019 Beale Street Music Festival lineup is set to be released in February, but clues for who's playing are being hinted at on our social media pages (can you solve the artist represented in this photo?). Song of the Day, our way of showing our followers who we've enjoyed listening to the past few months, begins later this month on our Facebook page. With each daily video we post, there's an opportunity to win a three-day pass! Are you following us?
As the clues come out, ticket sales go up, so don’t wait any longer! There’s a limited number of 3-day passes for $115 and once they’re gone the price bumps up!
BBQ Alley, KTOC Tickets On Sale This Month
If you haven't been to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in a few years, we've added a couple of new experiences that allow patrons to purchase a special ticket and TASTE the barbecue! Click here to learn more about BBQ Alley presented by Big Green Egg and the Kingsford Tour of Champions and buy your tickets soon!
Keep Your Resolution, Register for GARR
If you need a new motivation factor to stick with your New Year's resolution, try putting your money where your mouth is. Get your buddies to hold you to your training schedule and you'll be ready for May 25. Who knows, maybe you can set a new PR with us! With some of the lowest race registration prices, our Half Marathon is only $65 and the 5K is just $30. Register today!
Get Involved; VOLUNTEER!
Over 900 volunteers come together each year and play a pivotal role before, during and after our events. It's impossible to imagine the success of Memphis in May without these friends. You can learn more about our 16 different committees and meet other volunteers during our Volunteer Expo on Thursday, February 21 from 6 pm-8 pm at Beale Street Landing.
Sponsor Profile: KPMG
Memphis-based KPMG has served as the official accounting firm and sponsor of the Worl Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest for the last 11 years! They are vital in ensurin the integrity of our judging process and verify and certify all our scores.
"Memphis in May is a celebration of the attributes that make Memphis so unique; our music, our barbecue, and the spirit of giving back to our community," said Gregory Barnes, KPMG's Office Managing Partner. "KPMG is very proud to sponsor and to be a part of such successful and fun community oriented events!"
Vendor Spotlight: Blue Sky Couriers
Since 2009, Blue Sky Couriers and Memphis in May have worked closely together to deliver one of our popular education aspects, the World Cargo Crate. Three to five staff members have a hand in delivering the crates each week and the team works in unison to accomplish it. The process starts with a Customer Service Rep, continues through to the Dispatch team and concludes with their Couriers making the final delivery.
"(Our favorite part) is not only supporting an organization like Memphis in May which has done so much for Memphis, but it's idea of playing a small part in the education of young Memphians," said Rick Kernan, Blue Sky Couriers Sales Manager.
Memphis in May History
It's a privilege to look back and see things come full circle. We honored Egypt during the 1981 salute, our fifth official year holding the annual festival and only the second year of commissioning a Fine Arts Poster. For those who don't know, our city was named after Memphis, Egypt, a large city built near the delta of the country's major river - the Nile. Now 38 years removed, we're set to break with tradition and honor Memphis in 2019.
Staff Spotlight: Mack Weaver
This January marks the 20th anniversary for our Executive Vice President and CFO Mack Weaver. Mack has been nominated three seperate times for the Memphis Business Journal's non-profit CFO of the Year. He's played an instrumental role in the success of Memphis in May over the past two decades and we're grateful for his passion and vision.
"I personally can’t think of any other organization in this City that brings more joy, excitement, positive attention and pride and to be a part of something this huge has been my honor," Weaver said. "I love watching all the faces of people coming to our events during the month of May, to see the smiles, hear the laughter and to see people from all walks of life connecting and having a great time. That's all because of something I helped to produce, which means a lot."
- Beale Street Music Festival
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
- Great American River Run
- Celebrate Memphis
- 2019 Salute