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THE BANJO PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Friends of TBP

"Probably no instrument has ever had to fight its way through such bitter antagonism as the BANJO…"

Gatcomb’s Banjo and Guitar Gazette,” Sept. 1887

What was true over a century ago is still true today—especially when it comes to funding a documentary about the banjo. If you share our desire to see a comprehensive history of America's quintessential instrument, please become a "Friend of The Banjo Project" with a donation.

Funders are eligible for 501c3 tax write-offs through our fiscal sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary, and will be listed in the program credits.

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Pete Seeger   Jam Session
 

Funding provided through the generous support of:

SOUTHERN HUMANITIES MEDIA FUND
SOUTHERN HUMANITIES MEDIA FUND
THE TIDES FOUNDATION
 
Emerson College
EMERSON COLLEGE FACULTY ADVANCEMENT FUNDING GRANT
& HURET GRANT
MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES
 
NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
CONCORD ACADEMY & THE KATHERINE CARTON HAMMER ENDOWED FACULTY CHAIR








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I'd say I was 11 or 12 when I started to pick the banjo. I first learned the clawhammer style from my mother. My aunt, Roxie Smith, had a banjo and they raised hogs and this sow had a litter of pigs. She had a pretty sow pig I wanted…So my mother said, "Now I can't buy the both of them, so do you want the pig or the banjo?" I took the banjo.

~ Ralph Stanley—Interview, 1984