MAMA Scholarship Fund

The MAMA scholarship fund is dedicated to the memory of Clyde Stubblefield. He developed a unique funky beat which in the 60’s gave a special sound to soul music great, James Brown. Known as “The Funky Drummer”, he has been credited with being “The World’s Most Sampled Drummer” according to Drummer World magazine and recently named the #6 drummer in the world by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016. His beat has influenced the evolution of popular music and jazz in their various forms of modern funk, jazz fusion, rap and hip hop. Stubblefield has been honored in many contexts, including receiving Yamaha Drums Legacy Award in 2013, being inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2000, and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association. Clyde Stubblefield was presented with an Honorary PHD/Doctorate in Percussion from the University Wisconsin-Madison School of music on May 12, 2017.

His drumsticks have been place in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and there is now a movement for nomination of the drummer himself to the Hall of Fame. While becoming famous and influential in music, Stubblefield chose to live in Madison,Wisconsin since 1971 and had a large impact on many musicians in the Madison area over 4 decades. Clyde Stubblefield recently past away in Madison Wisconsin on February 18th, 2017. A scholarship has been created to keep his legacy alive through a music scholarship. In 2017 Madison Area Music Association merged with the Coalition for Recognition of Clyde Stubblefield to establish the MAMA Clyde Stubblefield Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Madison area youth that will be going on to study music in college. The scholarship will ensure Clyde’s legacy will live on for many years to come.

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