The Soulsville Foundation announced Wednesday that Memphis music veteran Pat Mitchell-Worley will be the new executive director of its Stax Music Academy. Mitchell-Worley, who began teaching part time in the academy’s after school program in 2017, has served as interim director since July.
Mitchell-Worley is a familiar face and name on the Memphis music scene. She has been co-host of Beale Street Carava
n for almost 20 years, a globally syndicated roots radio show broadcast from Memphis. Her voice can be heard narrating selections in The B.B.King Museum, Cotton Museum, Mississippi River Museum, and numerous documentaries on Memphis history and music. She regularly hosts Artist Q&As for organizations such as the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Oxford American.
She is also the founder of her own music-related community relations firm, FanFareCR, and prior to that served as the development director for the Memphis Music Foundation. Among her other roles was serving on the staff of the Blues Foundation during its early years in the 1990s, where she oversaw all of the international nonprofit’s communications and educational efforts alongside helping produce the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the International Blues Challenge.