The Mississippi Music Foundation’s mission is to provide education through seminars, internet, and conferences thus enabling individuals to become conversant with multiple genres,music technology, musical instruments and Mississippi Music History.
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President / Chairman of the Board
Often referred to as a “savant” since birth, Peter Whitham is of English decent. Born in 1956 on the tiny island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, which is only eight by sixteen miles in length with one never being more than four miles from the ocean.
“My childhood was one of discovery,” says Peter. “My grandmother was a concert pianist for Pinewood Studios in the silent movie days. Mother was the seamstress for the Queen of England and a model for Princess Margaret and my father worked for Boeing by day and at night he was an inventor. As a child I remember crawling up under the piano as my grandmother played all day and just listen and listen to the musical notes, which taught me the sound of music. As I got older and could stand and sit at the piano I learned the fingering of the keys. With little music lessons behind me I began working playing the piano at age 10, that was in 1966 when we moved to America.”
Peter Whitham’s family made Long Island their home and from there he became a concert pianist. For over 20 years he traveled the USA and World on tour for the finest piano manufacturers, both playing and composing. Peter also taught himself to play many other instruments, but writing and composing and the piano became his life. In 1985, while on tour promoting himself, Peter made his first visit to the South.
He liked the fact that Mississippi was located in the middle of the country, halfway to either coast. But it was the extraordinary amount of diversity in music, abundance of talent, and overwhelming amount of struggling musicians that drew him here. The learned scholar or wise man Peter exceptionally is, he was shown how programs were developed and operated as they were coming about. Having invested over a million dollars in personal funds and a countless number of hours to date, qtrnote.com became one of the first pay-per-download music distributors in the world in 1998.
Vice President / Treasurer
Seven Time Emmy Award Winner - Advisory Board Member / Face of Mississippi Music Foundation
Attorney / Advisory Board Member
Director of Mississippi
Youth Arts & Wellness
Voice of MSMF Radio
We are proud partners with The Artists Music Guild, "established to help in the understanding, appreciation and to advance the contributions of the arts to American culture - from the artistic genius' of the current day; to the technical legends of the past; and to those still unimagined artistic breakthroughs of future generations." Watch the video below to learn more and click their logo to visit their site!
We are also proud affiliates with Youth Symphony Media (YSM), "founded in 2014 in San Francisco Bay Area, CA, is one of the first online media for young classical musicians in the world." Click their logo visit their site.