Sacred Steel Instrument Fund

2001-2002 – Sacred Steel Instrument Fund


The purpose of the Sacred Steel Instrument Fund was to provide a source of instruments to talented musicians, to support the African-American sacred steel guitar musical tradition, and to encourage those musicians to continue the tradition by sharing instruments.

For several years, at the Sacred Steel Convention in Florida, instruments and equipment were donated to deserving musicians. The instruments were originally donated to the Arhoolie Foundation’s Sacred Steel Instrument Fund by various individuals and businesses. A selection committee chose promising players from applicants whom they felt would benefit or be encouraged by receiving an upgraded model guitar, new or used. Fourteen musicians received instruments and equipment from the fund.