PineCone – Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
PineCone • For almost a century, the music traditions of North Carolina have been celebrated and well documented in publications and research writings, films, photography, and sound recordings.
PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, was founded in 1984 by Wayne and Margaret Martin, Ron Raxter, and Beverly Young – Raleigh-area residents and artists who believed that the traditional music of the Piedmont region was valuable and deserved to be preserved, promoted and presented. PineCone’s founders recognized that there was much interest in old-time music, bluegrass, and other traditional music in Raleigh, but fans had no way to access the music. They saw a need for an organization that would help support traditional artists and present their music in this area. This led them to found PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc. PineCone was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in 1984.
PineCone’s Mission • PineCone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc., is dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting all forms of traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts. PineCone was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in 1984.
PineCone’s Purpose • The role of PineCone is to increase the visibility of Piedmont music and musicians and to provide public programs and educational resources about the depth and breadth of cultural expression in the region today. PineCone is the largest and most active traditional music organization in North Carolina measured by people served, budget size and total number of programs presented. PineCone supports the livelihoods of working artists, inspires and connects fans, educates youth and adult audiences, documents traditions, and provides opportunities for musicians to learn from one another. Each of the three elements – preservation, presentation, and promotion – plays an important role in ensuring the continued vitality and viability of traditional arts in North Carolina’s Piedmont.
Programmatic Overview • PineCone offers more than 150 music programs annually, featuring predominately local and regional musicians and including a few national and international folk artists as well. More than 90% of PineCone’s annual programs are offered to the public at no cost. PineCone’s annual activities include:
• Monthly participatory music sessions in bluegrass, Irish, and shape-note music
• The PineCone Bluegrass Show, a weekly radio show on 94.7FM WQDR (Sundays 6-9pm)
• Music camps for youth (in partnership with the Town of Cary)
• Consultation services for emerging artists
• Documentary film screenings and discussions
• Preservation projects
• Monthly newsletters
• A staffed office to coordinate PineCone events and to serve as a community resource
PineCone utilizes value added programming—pre-show discussions, workshops, lecture-demonstrations—to increase audience engagement with traditional art forms and highlight the various cultural traditions found throughout the Piedmont region today.
A Wide Audience of Traditional Music Fans • PineCone serves more than 24,000 people annually through our programs in Wake County and beyond, with an additional 4.5 million PineCone Bluegrass Show radio listeners. We endeavor to provide entry points to traditional music for audiences of all backgrounds—we not only present programs to those who already enjoy the state’s traditional musical heritage, but we also offer programs of interest to newcomers and to those who have not been exposed to folk art traditions. PineCone presents music found in a variety of North Carolina’s cultural communities, including blues, gospel, country, old-time, bluegrass, Irish, klezmer, Moravian, Canadian, Native American, Indian, Latin music, and more.
Support PineCone • Membership provides a significant portion of PineCone’s financial support. With more than 800 members and donors, PineCone is able to develop quality programs and assist other local arts groups to bring traditional performers to the area. You can join PineCone at the Dual Level ($25), the Family Level ($40), the Student or Senior Level ($15), or you can contribute at higher levels such as Contributor and Sponsor Levels. All members are eligible for discounts to all ticketed PineCone events, and all members receive PineCone’s monthly newsletter. Members can also participate in members’ only events, programs, and social activities, and those who donate at higher levels are eligible for additional benefits. Please consider joining PineCone today, and help us keep traditional music flourishing in our communities for future generations to enjoy!