Ploddings (est. 2018) is a non-profit educational resource, focused on American early blues & folk styles for stringed-instruments. It incentivises membership fees, where 100% of proceeds are alotted to & managed by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund For Blues & Justice.

i) Partnership with Mt. Zion Memorial Fund

Since 2023, Ploddings is proudly partnered with the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, led by Dr. T. DeWayne Moore.

Their work includes: (i) the erection of tombstones for musicians such as Belton Sutherland, Bo Carter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Sam Chatmon, Elmore James, Charley Patton, and Frank Stokes; (ii) the preservation of historical sites; and (iii) the creation of memorials such as the Mississippi John Hurt museum.

How Payments/Donations are Processed

100% of membership fees on Ploddings are controlled by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund organization as charitable donations*. To be specific, their bank account is attached to & directly receives all Stripe payments on Ploddings; therefore, no middle-man handling of payments/donations exists.

*For citizens of the USA, that means Ploddings membership fees are tax-deductible, as the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has public charity status approved by the IRS per section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the IRC.

ii) How Subscriptions Work

Users of Ploddings may sign-up for a $20-per-month subscription fee, representing a donation to the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund account.

An active membership grants privileges that include:

  1. Viewing & downloading (in PDF form) of MIDI-tablature, and
  2. Use of the slow-downer / pitch-shifter tool.

Payment Policy

All payments facilitated by Ploddings to the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund are non-refundable, primarily for the sake of simplicity.

iii) More Information

Still have questions? For general inquiries, user support, or comments please reach out via the Ploddings contact page. The custodian & builder of Ploddings is Blah148. To learn more about the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, its current endeavors, how to volunteer, or its relationship with Ploddings, please get in touch via their website.