Posted by Mark Irvin on Sep 12, 2019
The Tucson Musicians Museum’s mission is to celebrate, educate and showcase Tucson’s unique musical heritage and culture. The Tucson Convention Center is a place where the community gathers to celebrate music, art, accomplishments and more. Thanks to the City of Tucson and Rio Nuevo, TMM presence at the Convention Center is a natural fit!  Our presence will introduce Tucson to its musical heritage, while providing a means to preserve the culture and enhance the potential for TMM to expand its youth mentorship program. 
TMM currently reaches out to music schools and local Tucson school music teachers to coordinate music workshops for youth who have shown a dedication to their instrument(s) and maintain a good grade point average.  These students, without the TMM’s efforts may not otherwise be able to afford exposure to musical training for their aspirations and dreams.
TMM mentors provide much more than lessons on how to play through the scales or learn a song or two. TMM mentors teach the history of the instruments and genres, how to construct and market a band plus other business aspects of being a musician.  It has been proven that music can improve the math and science scores of participating youth. Another benefit is young musicians, in the TMM program, learn to give back to the community. Giving back can be done in many ways, such as volunteering for non-profit organizations, playing at care facilities or schools, teaching young musicians to have pride in their work, music, appearance and contributing to a community.
George Howard ~ Biography
George Howard has been involved in playing music for over 45 years. His participation includes teaching, presenting workshops, photographing events of other musicians and being personally involved with them from the legendary line up of music icon’s such as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Bobby Key’s (Of the Rolling Stones), Johnny Lang, Albert Collins, Willie Nelson among many more. George has also produced and  co-produced records on independent labels, as well as promoting concerts and managing bands. George has  been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Tucson Music Awards Hall of Fame and to the Tucson Musicians Museum, as well as being on the advisory board for U of A Centennial Hall. George is also the President and Founder of the Tucson Musicians Museum.