Hungry for Music has donated over 8,000 instruments in 41 states and 12 countries...

Our Musical History Presentation

Our organization has enjoyed a two decade journey - one of magical and musical miracles. We have just completed a visual presentation of our history - one that shows a glimmer of the over 8,000 musical instruments donated - and thousands of lives touched and changed forever. Children whose trajectory has been altered by the uplifting and life-changing gift of music. At the links on the right - you can either download or view our 20+ page retrospective in either powerpoint or PDF format - and in addition, we invite you to enjoy our on-site Timeline page. Our history is full of musical miracles - and we look forward to an even brighter future.

Two Decades of Musical Miracles


In our 20th year, Hungry for Music's vision is to annually increase its outreach. Over the last 5 years, we have been averaging over 500 donations per year, providing musical instruments that allow children to participate in music programs whose parents do not have a budget to rent or purchase an instrument for their child.

August 2007 - Partner with COFaQUE

The COFaQue, a popular BBQ competition that began in 1999 amongst several friends, begins to donate its proceeds to Hungry for Music. The COF stands for "circle of friends" and we have continued to enjoy the spirit of the community at Quail Ridge Lake in Aldie, VA and the hospitality of the Scott Raughton family. The COFaQue will be at a new location in 2014 because of development in the Quail Ridge Lake area. (

January 2004 - 10 Years Of Helping At-Risk Children

In the first 10 years, HFM settles into its niche of providing music instruments to individuals, schools, after-school music programs and social service programs for troubled teens.

August 1997 - Diamond Cuts CD Fundraiser

The CD model of fundraising continues with the release of a compilation of baseball songs called "Diamond Cuts," which includes national recording artists Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Garrison Keillor, George Winston, Jerry Jeff Walker and many others. The spokesperson for the project was Negro League legend Buck O'Neil and part of the proceeds of the project goes to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. The CD receives praise from coast to coast, including from the New York Times and National Public Radio's (NPR) "Morning Edition with Bob Edwards". The proceeds help raise critical funds for HFM and increase outreach nationally.

May 1994 - Hungry For Crawfish One

A crawfish boil thrown by a group of Louisiana friends outgrew the backyard and is held at Ft. Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA. The friends decide that Hungry for Music should receive the proceeds of the party and Hungry for Crawfish is born. The event helps sustain Hungry for Music in the early years and continues to be one of the biggest fundraisers thanks to a dedicated group of supporters. In 2014, the 19th annual Hungry for Crawfish fundraiser was held.

Sept. 17, 1992 - First Benefit Concerts For Homeless

The initial concept grows from an idea for a class project at The George Washington University, where founder Jeff Campbell is enrolled in the Non-profit Management Certificate Program. The concept was to bring street musicians and other DC music talent together for a concert called Hungry for Music, that would benefit the Coalition Against Homelessness. These concerts were held in 1992 and 1993 and also included a food drive.

September 2012 - Partner With United Way

HFM was approved into the United Way's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Having HFM included in the CFC is an enormous benefit for us. It allows us to link with other charities in the Children's Charitable Allowance. It also allows us to receive contributions from tens of thousands of federal workers and others in the Washington, D.C. area. If your employer offers you the opportunity to participate in the CFC, please select HFM as a recipient of your donations. For more info on CFC click here: Our CFC organizational number is 57022.

January 2009 - First Foundation Grant

We receive our first foundation grant from Vanguard Charitable Endowment program. This could not have come at a better time, as the fundraising efforts from CD sales (about 25% of our revenue) dropped significantly with the end of that medium in the music industry. The CD fundraisers served us well, but seeking more foundation and business partner support in the future is a must for us to keep up with the demand for instruments and to increase our outreach.

February 2006 - Mega CD Promo Drive

A tribute to the songs of Peter Case, entitled "A Case for Case," is released as a fundraiser. The 3-CD tribute included roots music luminaries Joe Ely, Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and many others including legendary singer/songwriter John Prine.

1999 - HungryForMusic Goes Digital

HFM's first website is launches and opens us to a worldwide audience. Requests begin to trickle in from around the world. The first instrument donation outside of the Washington, DC area is a Yamaha keyboard to an aspiring 12-year old musician in Michigan.

September & November 1994 - CD Sales Fuel Musical Donations

As a way to promote outreach and to help raise money for our instrument donation program, HFM begins to release CD compilations featuring local DC artists. The first release is a "bootleg" recording of the first Hungry for Music homeless benefit in 1992 called "Special Collection," which includes Eddie from Ohio, the same year a Christmas compilation was released entitled "A Holiday Feast" that included Bill Kirchen, The Kennedy's, Tom Prasada-Rao and The Graverobbers.

March 4, 1994 - Our Mission Launches

Hungry for Music becomes a 501 (c)(3) with the purpose of supporting music education and bringing the positive qualities of music to others through concerts and workshops at schools, church programs, retirement homes and homeless shelters. The first outreach concert is a performance by the late Bob Devlin at the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC in March 1994.

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