MILLER HARRIS PRESENTS: IN THE ROUND WITH SHELLEY SKIDMORE, GREG BATES AND ENDLESS SUMMER, HOSTED BY DOUG JOHNSON; $10
About The Miller Harris Foundation
The Miller Harris Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002 by family and friends of Miller Harris, who died tragically from an asthma attack in September of 1999 while preparing for a golf outing with friends. The Foundation has been set up to promote and support scholarships and organizations in Miller's name. More importantly, their focus will ensure that memories of Miller are alive and their collective efforts will continue in his honor.
Some of our initiatives:
1) Asthma Camp for Kids!
The Miller Harris Foundation in partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt established the Miller Harris Asthma Camp for Kids, a unique summer camp experience for children ages 6-13 with asthma whose health has made it difficult for them to attend a regular summer camp. The goal is to convince campers to optimize their abilities, have fun, and learn. The Foundation sponsors inner-city asthmatic children to attend this camp free of charge.
2) Endowed Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University
3) Compassionate Friends of Middle Tennessee
Miller Harris was born June 19, 1974 with a sweet disposition that was evident from the beginning. At age three he was diagnosed with asthma, and after enduring a regimen of allergy tests to pinpoint his specific triggers, he began his lifelong ordeal with the ultimately fatal condition. Miller was undaunted by the effects of the disease, and his lust for life endeared him to all who knew him.
After graduating from high school 1992, Miller continued his education first at Ole Miss, then transferring his sophomore year to Middle Tennessee State University to study in the Recording Industry Management program. After graduating from MTSU in 1996, Miller joined his mom, Judy Harris, in the music publishing business. They signed Earl Thomas Conley, who Miller regarded as the “real deal”. Songwriters and artists who came in to the office were always drawn in by Miller’s enthusiasm. He was always happy for other’s success, and he made every day an adventure and truly ‘lived’ each day.
Miller was also very concerned about the poor state of Music Row, and by the time he graduated from MTSU, it was in severe decline. In response, he and other young music industry professionals began what would eventually become the Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID). SOLID grew to be a formidable organization dedicated to supporting up-and-coming music industry professionals and the music industry as a whole.
Regretfully, Miller’s infectious good-natured spirit passed into the hands of Jesus on September 11, 1999, after a fatal asthma attack; Miller was just 25 years old. Miller was a member of St. Paul Southern Methodist Church and participated in Bible Study Fellowship. Those who knew Miller regarded him as an angel, a saint, a goof, a friend, a kind spirit and a loving soul, and he especially endeared himself to Nashville’s singer-songwriters.
Miller held God, family and friends above all else, and if there is a common thread among those who speak of him still, it is that “he could make you laugh.” No doubt he could make you cry too, but his was a selfless and genuinely good heart, and he is sorely missed by all.
The Miller Harris Foundation's mission is to promote and support asthma education for children, and support of the Department of Recording Industry program at MTSU in Miller Harris' memory. Foundation initiatives include the Miller Harris Asthma Camp for kids and an Endowed Scholarship in Miller Harris' name at MTSU.