Concert for A Cause: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Museum of Making Music and Friends of San Pasqual Academy Raise $236,000 for Music Education Programs for Foster Teens
On Wednesday, September 25, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) and Friends of San Pasqual Academy raised a combined $236,000 at a “Concert for a Cause,” headlined by the legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Nearly 400 generous music fans and local community and arts leaders gathered at the show to support efforts to give foster youth a brighter future through music. The concert, held at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, marked one of the most successful benefits in MoMM’s history. Previous annual MoMM fundraisers have featured a slew of top musicians including Graham Nash, Mavis Staples, Herb Alpert with Lani Hall, among others.
“Creedence Clearwater Revisited is one of the few bands playing that has a third and fourth-generation crowd of fans enjoying their timeless hits,” says Carolyn Grant, MoMM’s Executive Director. “In this way, they also perfectly echo our own mission to reach and impact youths, for generations to come, including those who need music as a force that both unites and heals. I am overwhelmed and grateful for the support of so many from the community to continue this important work to give local foster youth a brighter future.”
Patrons of the evening enjoyed a two-hour performance of inspiring musicianship from Creedence Clearwater Revisited founding members and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, backed by their full band. The setlist included hits such as “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River” and “Susie Q,” among others.
“It was a pleasure to participate in this event since I believe music is one of the most unique art forms that anyone can make,” says Stu Cook.
The vital funds raised will benefit the museum’s intensive one-on-one music program at San Pasqual Academy - a musical component of the school’s robust programming that assists foster teens in their endeavor to become confident, productive, contributing, educated, successful adults.
San Pasqual Academy’s music programming provides individual lessons, group steel pan drumming workshops, and opportunities to explore the larger world of music making and careers in the industry. Money raised at this event will undergird these efforts as well as the Museum’s additional annual investment of over $100,000 in support of educational tours for Title 1 schools, and hands-on music programs for thousands of adults, seniors, students, and children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.
Visit MuseumofMakingMusic.org to learn more about MoMM’s education programs, exhibit and gallery news, and upcoming live performances.
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About the Museum of Making Music
NAMM's Museum of Making Music presents the storied history of music instruments and products - from invention, to creation, to market - as its canvas to enrich people of all ages and backgrounds. They do this by offering educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire, while demonstrating how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.
A division of the NAMM Foundation, the museum opened at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) headquarters in March, 2000 and is the only museum of the music products industry, and the only museum worldwide that focuses on the ecosystem of music making from 1900 to present day. For details on the museum’s concerts, exhibits, workshops and outreach programs, please visit www.museumofmakingmusic.com.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.