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 History 
The Harp Guitar Foundation came into being as a natural outgrowth of Harpguitars.net and the Harp Guitar Gathering®, founded by Gregg Miner and Stephen Bennett, respectively.  Initial funding came from the balance of the cumulative five years of voluntary subscriptions to the Harpguitars.net web site. With the pledge of additional annual funding from a key harp guitar proponent, and the volunteer legal expertise of law professor and harp guitar player John Thomas, the Foundation achieved nonprofit status in mid-2009.

 Activities 
The Harp Guitar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity Nonprofit Corporation, serves as the umbrella organization guiding and funding the future activities of both Harpguitars.net and the annual Harp Guitar Gathering.

 Mission Statement 

Serve the world's harp guitar community, including its players, fans, researchers, collectors, restorers and builders

Document and preserve the harp guitar's history

Take the instrument into the future via new players, new music, new instruments and new fans

Specifically, the Foundation supports:

The continuing archival activities, information dissemination and web presence of Harpguitars.net

  The Harp Guitar Gathering®

 Board of Directors 

Gregg Miner
.
President
Stephen Bennett

Gathering Director

Jaci Rohr
.
Secretary / Treasurer
Frank Doucette
.
Vice President

Gregg is widely regarded as the foremost expert on the history of the harp guitar, and is also fully engaged in the modern harp guitar movement. He founded Harpguitars.net, the complete resource and archive for enthusiasts, and Harp Guitar Music to cater to their retail needs and interests. Stephen, a world-class guitarist / harp guitarist, has given the harp guitar more visibility than perhaps any other touring performer in the last two decades.  He founded the Harp Guitar Gathering® in 2003 and will continue to lead its direction as part of the Foundation. An enthusiastic listener, Jaci brings a high level of energy to the foundation, focusing on outreach, with the goal of developing fundraising efforts to reach new segments of the public and introduce them to the harp guitar. A long time harp guitar aficionado, Frank has actively sought to promote the instrument in his work for Harpguitars.net and Harp Guitar Music since their inception.  
 Harp Guitar Gathering Committee 
Joe Morgan
Assistant Gathering Director


Joe draws on his long experience of running acoustic music festivals in Texas, along with his invaluable assistance at the Harp Guitar Gatherings from their inception.
 
Linda Morgan
Gathering Administrative Assistant


Linda has been providing invaluable behind-the-scenes support at music festivals, including the Gathering, for more than a decade.

 Harp Guitar Gathering® Board of Advisors 

 Legal 
Andy Wahlberg

Host of the 4th Harp Guitar Gathering, Naples, Florida resident Andy has been a popular harp guitarist / entertainer since the late 1970s.

Mike Doolin

Mike is a professional jazz guitarist and bassist living in Portland, OR. A professional luthier as well, the highly-regarded harp guitar builder hosted the 6th Harp Guitar Gathering.

Nancy Conescu

Nancy is a professional singer/guitarist living in Portland, OR.

John Thomas

In addition to playing ragtime guitar and writing a large number of articles on guitars, lutherie, and music, John is also a professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut.

 Thanks  Nancy Conescu, John Thomas, Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Andy Wahlberg, Mike Doolin, Brad Hoyt and the hundreds of past Harpguitars.net subscribers.

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