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The mission of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame is educating the public – especially students – about the wealth of musical talent that has been a part of the area’s heritage from its beginnings to the present day. Many of the music world’s top stars have found inspiration and been nurtured by the region’s support and love of the arts. LIMHoF wishes to inspire all young people, and perhaps future musicians, by teaching them about this unique heritage.

To that end, LIMHoF is offering to schools, from pre-school through college, special programs specifically created and presented by local professional musicians who are established, experienced and respected for their work in music education.

Fees vary depending on act and number of shows booked in a day. Please email Tom Needham at soundsoffilm@yahoo.com  for more information about these programs. To that end, LIMHoF is offering to schools, from pre-school through college, special programs specifically created and presented by local professional musicians who are established, experienced and respected for their work in music education.

Please ask us about age appropriateness and length of programs. Most can be tailored to your needs.

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About LIMHoF

Library Programs

“When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully – the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.”


– Keith Richards, Rolling Stones guitarist.

One of the goals of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame is to help expand and raise awareness of our Long Island libraries’ collections of representative works by the many historic artists who are being honored and recognized by the hall of fame. As depositories of cultural works that represent their local areas, it is important for these works to be available in libraries in order to perpetuate the Island’s musical legacy.

Another goal of the LIMHoF is for the organization to become the authoritative reference on Long Island’s musical history. Our Board of Directors and Committee Members continue to study and catalog information, musical works, ephemera, and other items that they expect to make available as reference tools to all Long Islanders.

The LIMHoF travelling experience

These exhibits are meant to inspire the exploration and celebrate the music that has been made by Long Islanders for over a century. The island’s musical history begins in the 1890s with John Philip Sousa and encompasses the Long Island’s four counties – Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. As music progressed, it served as the home of many renowned jazz performers and classical composers of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, the stomping ground for some of America’s great folk artists and Brill Building songwriters of the 50s and 60s, and the starting point for many major rock and hip-hop acts from the 70s to today.


The Hall’s library exhibits reflect these eras and performers through photographs, collectibles and ephemera relating to musicians as diverse as George M. Cohan and Pat Benatar. LIMHoF’s traveling exhibits have had highly successful showings at the Port Washington and Oceanside libraries in Nassau County as well as other locations.

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. We consider education an important part of our mission statement, and we believe that our library programs play an important role in preserving Long Island’s rich musical heritage. There is a suggested donation/honorarium of $150 to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame for each of these programs. These funds go towards the ongoing pursuit of the Hall’s mission statement, and to offset travel expenses of the volunteers who present, and assist at, the events. Please note that since our goal is to make our programs available to all Long Island residents, we will strive, whenever possible, to work within the budget of each individual

With the help of Long Island’s many fine public, university and school libraries, we are certain that our organization, its members, local musicians, students, and those who love music, will benefit from a combined effort that will place the finest resources at their disposal. LIMHoF has put together a dynamic multimedia lecture series for schools and libraries, and our traveling exhibit has been featured in a number of local facilities. (Further details of these programs are in this brochure.) In addition, we are working to develop CDs and DVDs designed to inspire revitalization of Long Island artists’ catalog products in new and exciting ways.

At our first induction gala in October 2006, we were delighted to welcome Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Mose Allison, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, Twisted Sister and many other Long Island greats. So far, it’s been a fun ride … and we’re just beginning. We are raising the awareness of Long Island’s incredible musical legacy. We ultimately hope to make the Long Island Music Hall of Fame – and our future museum – a premier reference resource; one that will continually reach out to one of Long Island’s greatest assets … its public libraries.

If you are interested in installing one of our programs in your library, please contact Tony Traguardo at ttraguardo@yahoo.com.

More programs are being developed and will be available through the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. All programs are 90-minutes unless otherwise noted. Please ask us about age appropriateness and length of programs. Most can be tailored to your needs.