Cheatham Street Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, promoting, preserving, and perpetuating Texas music. Born of the decades of music made at the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse, the CSMF is particularly involved in the art, craft, and business of songwriting.
Our goal is to promote the advancement of education in songwriting by conducting songwriting classes, workshops, seminars, public forums, panels, lectures, concerts and similar programs. Some of these programs are ongoing, and the rest will be launched in 2009. We will also perpetuate the legacy of the Cheatham Street Warehouse by promoting, developing and nurturing songwriters and musicians through opportunities to perform music and participate in songwriting contests.
According to Casey Monahan, director of the Texas Music Office, “Cheatham Street has played a pivotal role in commercializing new country music in Central Texas. Young artists at Cheatham Street are provided with an enthusiastic crowd, an historic stage, and the sage advice of a wise music industry professional, owner Kent Finlay. Many ‘baby bands’ have developed longtime fans through the exposure they gained at Cheatham Street Warehouse.”
We hope that by encouraging a greater public understanding of the history of Texas music through community-based interaction between songwriters, performance artists, and civic and educational groups, we can foster a deeper appreciation of the role of music in the economic, social, and cultural life of Texas.