Friday, 30 January 2009

Help save historic instruments

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN, has launched a $1.1 million fund-raising campaign to enable it to retain and display four instruments of unique significance in the history of country music: Maybelle Carter's Gibson L-5 guitar, two Martin guitars that belonged to Johnny Cash, and the Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 mandolin #73987 that was Bill Monroe's prime instrument.

The full story can be read here. Ricky Skaggs has said: 'This is an equal-opportunity challenge to the greatest fans in the world... Twenty–five cents is as significant as a gift of $25,000.'

The Precious Jewel Fund already has $450,000 and needs to have the remaining $750,000 by 22 February 2009. Persons interested in making a tax-deductible contribution may do so online, by mail, and by telephone. Gifts by mail may be sent to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Avenue South, Mail Drop DP, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, USA. Cheques should be made out to the Country Music Foundation. Please specify 'Precious Jewel Fund'. For credit card contributions, call +1 615/416-2050; all major credit cards are accepted.