The AMRF is dedicated to the promotion, documentation, and preservation of American Music, particularly blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, jazz, and rhythm and blues.

A major focus of our work is making the connection between music and the artists who create it. We do this primarily by capturing artists on video, both in performance and in extensive interviews in which they tell their stories.

The primary venue for this mission is our annual Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival. The raw footage is retained in our archives for historical purposes and also used to create programs for public television.

The ultimate goal is to document and preserve American cultural and musical history so that future generations will not forget.


April 17, 2014

Watch Corey Harris: Journeys Saturday night April 19th from 9:00 - 10:30 on Detroit Public Television.

April 17, 2014

Corey Harris: Journeys is now available on DVD with 30 minutes of bonus footage. Visit our online store!

November 14, 2013

Corey Harris: Journeys will be coming to public television beginning March 1, 2014. Read more. Watch the trailer.

December 22, 2012

On December 12, 2012, Detroit Blues Legend Eddie Burns lay down and went to sleep, peacefully and for the last time. Read More



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