The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy's legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy's footsteps.
TBHEF now has a fantastic roster of 24 International artists,most who have already been presented with a unique guitar.
18 of the guitars have installed behind the sound-hole an original fret from Buddy's Gibson J-45,the instrument he wrote so many of his great early songs on.
Each of the 24 guitars has a different Buddy/Cricket song title on the headstock,and also on the hand-made outer leather cover,which is identical to the one Buddy himself made.
Some of TBHEF artists are Ambassadors for the foundation as well,but all the artists have one thing in common,a mutual acknowledgement that Buddy's incredible music legacy has been a major influence in their own careers.
The artists will promote and publicise TBHEF in their own particular way,and some like Dave Stewart,Nokie Edwards,Waddy Watchel,Graham Nash,Alan Clark,Peter Frampton,Brent Mason,Sharleen Spiteri,Willie Nile,Mike Berry and Marty Wilde have already given us great support.
Dave has provided TBHEF with a great video performing Raining In My Heart,Waddy has recorded the most beautiful version of Words Of Love,The Hollies have allowed us to use their brilliant version of Peggy Sue Got Married and of course Nokie has just completed the superb instrumental CD for TBHEF