20th Anniversary Events

“Music Maker is a fabulous project; real evidence that the music I have always loved is alive and well.”

- Eric Clapton

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Music Maker Relief Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2014

It’s our anniversary! Music Maker was founded in 1994 to assist elderly musicians by providing them an opportunity to earn an income from their music, while meeting their basic needs and documenting their talent for future generations. We’ve come a long way – and we’re celebrating! Kicking off April 4th, we’ll be marking the year with a variety of special events and new endeavors. We’re thrilled not only for our past 20 years, but our future!


April 4th – Kickoff our 20th Year!

Friday April 4th, 7-10pm
The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill – Free

Come out and join us for a casual evening of celebration! Kick back with one of Gary Crunkleton’s fantastic cocktail creations and enjoy music from Ironing Board Sam. You can visit with Music Maker staff, learn more about our 20th Anniversary events, and most importantly, have fun! See you there!


 July 9th – August 29th – We Are the Music Makers Exhibit Preview

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Our museum exhibit, We Are the Music Makers, will debut for a preview at the NYPL before traveling to its official launch in Carrboro, NC in October. The exhibit features artists Tim Duffy has worked with over the past twenty years, with 30 panels displaying photography accompanied by audio that leads viewers on a journey of discovery through the Roots musicians of the rural south.


July 12th – Southern Pines Blues Crawl

Southern Pines, NC

Featuring over a dozen Music Maker artists at 10 venues in one night!


September 1st – We Are the Music Makers Book & CD Release


To mark Music Maker’s 20th Anniversary, Tim and Denise Duffy have written a new book shining a light on the artists they have worked with throughout the organization’s history. In the pages readers will find photography, stories and songs from these musicians, whose craft has long been hidden by poverty and geography. An accompanying 2-disc album will be released at the same time on the Music Maker label.

October 3 – 4 – Music Maker Homecoming

Hillsborough & Carrboro, NC

Tickets on sale soon! This is a celebratory weekend the likes of which has not been seen before. Starting with a panel discussion featuring Music Maker artists and local folk music scholars, the official launch of We Are the Music Makers, and a Music Maker Blues Revue Performance – that’s just the first day! Saturday will feature the largest gathering of Music Maker artists in history, with an all-day event at the Shared Visions Retreat in Hillsborough, NC.