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Open Mic 08/06
FabFest 10/04-05

FOR THE
LOVE OF
MUSIC.

Our nonprofit mission

TOSCO MUSIC IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PRESENTS A WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC THROUGH PERFORMANCES AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS; FOSTERS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG LISTENERS AND PERFORMERS; AND CONNECTS PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR MUSICIANS TO SHARE AND INSPIRE ONE ANOTHER.

See our latest Impact Report here


Born from intimate living room jam sessions in Charlotte, NC, Tosco Music Parties have grown into popular community concerts where nationally recognized acts share the stage with undiscovered artists and audience members are invited to sing along throughout the evening.


From concerts and open mic nights to youth music scholarships and outreach, Tosco Music is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community explore, develop and share their passion for music in all its forms.


In 2023, we celebrated 35 years of music parties and our 25th year as a nonprofit organization.


In 2019, Tosco Music presented live music at almost 100 different events and activities in 31 different locations throughout Charlotte and the surrounding communities, and provided paid performance opportunities for more than 150 musicians. With the addition of our inaugural FabFest-Charlotte's Beatles Festival, overall participation in our programs surpassed 14,000!


Our mission is supported in part by the Infusion Fund, as well as by our Living Room Society and Tosco Music Donors, and earned revenue from ticketed events and community outreach services.


See our latest Impact Report here

Tosco Music's financial statements are available on Guidestar. Learn about our founder and Executive Director, John Tosco, here. Read more about Tosco Music's history here.


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OUR NONPROFIT OUTREACH AND IMPACT

Tosco Music provides live music throughout Charlotte and the surrounding communities. In 2022, we presented live music at 103 community events at almost 30 locations throughout the Charlotte region. We provided paid performance opportunities for 437 local working musicians at TMPs and our outreach programs and hosted 237 performances by youth and emerging artists at our open mics and Beatles Cover Song Contest. Additionally, we awarded $5,070 in music scholarships for youth and emerging artists.

This impact is only possible through the support of music lovers like you.

Learn more below about our programs and the people who make them possible. If music is your passion, join Tosco Music and help enrich our community through music!

OUR PROGRAMS

  • Tosco Music Party

    Tosco Music Party

    In April 2022 we celebrated our 100th Tosco Music Party! Held three times a year, each Tosco Music Party showcases an eclectic mix of all styles of music, with performances by a variety of local, regional and nationally-touring acts. Tosco Music Holiday Party was added in 2016 to celebrate the season and Charlotte's vibrant music community. All shows include Tosco's trademark singalongs with the audience. See videos of past TMP highlights here.

  • Beatles Tribute

    Beatles Tribute

    Every summer, Tosco Music hosts a Beatles Tribute in the same format as the Music Parties - only all Beatles songs! In 2019, after 15 years of sold out Saturday nights, we expanded our most popular program into a weekend festival drawing Beatles fans from across the Southeast to FabFest-Charlotte's Beatles Festival. The next FabFest is scheduled for October 4-5, 2024. View past FabFest highlights here

  • Open Mic

    Open Mic

    Whether you're a veteran of the stage or making your debut, our monthly open mic nights offer a supportive community atmosphere where you can share your love of music. Check out our events page for the latest info.

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships

    Since 2010, Tosco Music has awarded numerous music scholarships to:
    The Swannanoa Gathering and Arts+ Music Camp, as well as through the Jacob Titus Youth Music Scholarship Fund and the Rotary Club of Charlotte.
    Read about additional musician outreach and support initiatives here.

  • Community Outreach

    Community Outreach

    Tosco Music brings the joy of singing to seniors in the community and area events that are free and open to the public. Tosco Music strives to make Tosco Music Parties accessible with affordable ticket prices and ticket scholarships for area nonprofits and the people they serve.

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

  • Robert Adden - Treasurer

    Ruff Bond Cobb Wade & Bethune, LLP

  • Jane Ballard

    Retired, SPX Corporation

  • Jamey Boiter

    BOLTGROUP

  • DeWitt Crosby

    Retired Psychologist

  • Matt Crowder

    Wells Fargo Advisors

  • Karen Gunther

    Corning Incorporated

  • Michelle Hamilton

    Carter

  • Martha Harbison - Chair

    Community Contributor

  • Sandra James

    Retired Non-profit Executive

  • Elizabeth Lewicki

    Stanley Black & Decker

  • Susan Loudenslager

    Retired Realty Executive

  • Carolyn Lugo-Allred

    Children's Theater of Charlotte

  • Brad Merlie- Secretary

    Ponte Ventures, LLC

  • Lance Ollivierre

    Central Piedmont Community College

  • Carrie Teixeira

    Community Volunteer

  • Graves Upchurch

    Moore & Van Allen, PLLC

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Brian Collier

    President
    The Gambrell Foundation

  • Charlie Elberson

    VP/Insights Strategist, Wray Ward
    Trustee, Reemprise Fund

  • Tom Gabbard

    President/CEO
    Blumenthal Performing Arts

  • Mark O'Connor

    Professional Musician, Composer,
    Author, Past TMP Performer

  • Susan Patterson

    Retired, Knight Foundation

  • Kyle Petty

    Philanthropist
    Broadcast Media Professional
    Past TMP Performer

  • Maria Howell

    Singer, Actor, Voiceover, Coach

  • Tony Arreaza

    Carlotan Talents

  • John Ockerbloom

    Head of U.S. Real Estate
    Barings

TOSCO MUSIC DONORS

    • Dennis & Kaye McGarry

    • John & Amber Ockerbloom

    • Ian & Jane Ballard

    • Elizabeth Lewicki & Pam Montag

    • Susan Loudenslager & Greg Smith

    • Patrick J. O'Leary & Karen M. Yamasaki

    • Dumont Clarke & Shirley J. Linn

    • DeWitt Crosby & Richard Wechsler

    • Phyllis & Peter Fulton

    • Martha Harbison & Ron Cox

    • Russell & Becky Helms

    • Lane Jacobs & Tamara Titus

    • Lisa Otter Rose & Gary Rose

    • John Richards

    • Carrie & Jeff Teixeira

    • Mickey Aberman & Linda MacDonald

    • Stephen Allred & Carolyn Lugo-Allred

    • Lauren Kennedy & Jared Bendel

    • Jon Buchan

    • Matt & Ashley Crowder

    • Leo & Flora D'Souza

    • Elizabeth & Christopher Daly

    • Jim & Betsy Deupree

    • Mark & Adele Dillon

    • JD Dupuy

    • Mark & Maria Easley

    • Frank & Patricia Fisher

    • Parker & Joan Foley

    • Gail Garvin

    • Gail Goforth

    • Karen Gunther

    • Michelle & Mark Hamilton

    • Tom Hanchett & Carol Sawyer

    • Sally Higgins & Ray Owens

    • Steve & Kathy Horvath

    • Adara & Josh Jacobson

    • Sandra James & Terry Shook

    • Phil & Beth Koonce

    • Connie & Steve Matthews

    • Brad & Barbara Merlie

    • Samuel & Kelly Merritt

    • Teri & Kemp Miller

    • Brittany & David Netta

    • Mike & Lisa North

    • Alice Richey & David Pitsner

    • Robert & Susan Rose

    • Bill Saunders & Patty Babb

    • Wes & Claudia Sturges

    • Brian Tarle

    • Scott & Beth Thomas & Family

    • Paul Trapani & Carol Thompson

    • Janice Valder

    • Cynthia and Chris Walsh

    • Leslie & Mitchell Wickham

    • Karen Wooden

    • Chris Woodrow & Lori Walker

    • Susan & Bob Adams

    • Kim & Robert Adden

    • Byron Baldwin

    • Tanja Bechtler

    • Jill Blumenthal

    • Jamey & Katherine Boiter

    • Julie Bolt

    • Al & Donna de Molina

    • Ellen Rankin

    • Noel & April Freidline

    • Maria Howell

    • Malcolm & Katie Hubicki-Hamilton

    • Mark & Jean Miller

    • Lance Ollivierre

    • Susan Patterson & George Tyree

    • George & Peg Povinelli

    • Bill & Judy Randall

    • Robert Ringham & Catherine Thompson

    • Gary & Stephanie Starr

    • Trish & John Anderson

    • Gary Andrew

    • Markey Austin

    • Jim & Mary Lou Babb

    • Jonathan Barcelo

    • Karen Barton

    • Spence & Jayne Borden

    • Janice Bradner

    • Julie Brame

    • Grey & Allison Brewster

    • Jan & Jim Brittain

    • Patrice & Reg Britz

    • Jarod Brown

    • Cheryl & Jamey Brownd

    • Marion Burke

    • Melanie Calvasina

    • Michael Carraher

    • The Catheys

    • David Christensen

    • Tom Covington

    • Doug & Sue Crossley

    • Scott & Katie Curry

    • Petrina Dekoster

    • Sheelagh Desmond

    • Larry Farber

    • Joseph Fiondella

    • Sharon Frazier

    • Marion & Ted Gittings

    • Daniel Grgurich

    • Jackson Harden

    • Yvonne Hart

    • Rachel Heneghan

    • Denise Hensel

    • James & Elaine Herlihy

    • Katherine & Joshua Hertel

    • Andrea Hester

    • Ami Hill

    • April Hrenya-Wood

    • Harriman Jett

    • Tim & Kathryn Johnson

    • Renee Jones

    • Michelle Keough

    • Wayne & Pat Kool

    • Julie Kramer

    • Matt & Maureen Kulka

    • Lisa & Michael Lackey

    • Chris & Lynn Lakin

    • Langston Family

    • Mark Larson & Cathy Hasty

    • Judy Lekoski

    • Bill Linger

    • Dave & Gaye List

    • Bronah & Bill Livingston

    • Amy & Dustin Long

    • Holly Lopez

    • Tony & Anna Lucente

    • The Maddrey Family

    • John Markovics & Nicole Norton

    • Steve Martin

    • Charlie & Stevie McDaniel

    • Cindy McMillan

    • David Middleton & Mary Dalton

    • Constance Oliver

    • Yo & Ron Osborn

    • John & Sarah Parham

    • Jan & Greg Piland

    • Jean Prewitt

    • Donovan & Alicia Quebedeaux

    • Patricia & Mike Raible

    • George Ramsay

    • Aaron & Jess Rickert

    • Brad Ritter

    • Scott & Ashley Roehrig

    • Bill & Janice Rogers

    • Stanley Rose

    • Angela & Josh Scholl

    • Isabella Shaw

    • Tracy Simpson

    • Stephanie Stenglein

    • Louis Stephens

    • Ed Stephenson

    • Harry Taylor

    • Mauricio Torrelio

    • Nick & Kendall Tosco

    • Mia, Cindy & David Turner

    • Graves Upchurch

    • Kathryn Finger & R. Eric Vannewkirk

    • Ruard Veltman & Millicent Harper

    • Guillermo Villar

    • Linda Vista

    • Amanda Wade

    • Ellen & Jim Wade

    • Meredith Walker

    • Elle Walsh

    • Cricket Weston & Dave Molinaro

    • Mark Zenow

  • Think of Tosco Music Party as the musical equivalent of walking into Ben & Jerry's and saying: 'I'd like a spoonful of everything, please.'

  • A Tosco Music Party is a theatre in the round of sorts for acoustic musicians. It's a medium that breaks down artificial barriers between entertainers and audience.

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