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!

Fridays in June – Roots and Leaves: Celebrating the Legacy of Libba Cotten

Fridays June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Southern Village, Chapel Hill – Free

Join us for our 3rd Annual Roots and Leaves Music Series: Celebrating the Legacy of Libba Cotten! Every Friday in June from 6-8pm see Music Maker artists perform on the Village Green in Southern Village, located off Hwy 86 in Chapel Hill.

Rain location – Christ United Methodist Church 800 Market St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


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

Read more about the exhibit here!

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.


August 10th – Music Maker Blues Revue at Lincoln Center

New York, NY

Ironing Board Sam, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Dom Flemons, Albert White and Ardie Dean will be performing at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Series on August 10th, with a panel discussion beginning at 1pm and music beginning at 5pm.


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

Limited tickets on sale now! Check out VIP Weekend and Artist Sponsor tickets!

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 from 2pm – 8pm at the Shared Visions Retreat in Hillsborough, NC.