Our Team

Timothy Duffy

Timothy Duffy

FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim has been recording and documenting artists since the early age of 16, when he became interested in ethnomusicology. After earning a BA from Friends World College and MA from the Curriculum in Folklore at the UNC, Tim and his wife Denise founded Music Maker in 1994 to assist traditional musicians in need. Tim works very closely with partner artists on a daily basis while also overseeing program operations. For his work with Music Maker, Tim was recognized by ABC Evening News as the “Person of the Week” in April 2004 and was voted Living Blues Producer of the Year in 1999. Tim has also received honors from National Resophonic Guitars and the NC Folklore Society. Since Music Maker’s founding he has produced more than 151 albums, produced two films, and has presented dozens of traditional Southern musicians at prestigious venues around the world.

Denise Duffy

Denise Duffy

CO-FOUNDER, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Denise has a BA from Hampshire College and joined husband Tim in managing Music Maker after leaving a successful career in the fashion industry. Denise’s business experience is invaluable to Music Maker as she wears many hats within the organization – she is responsible for operations, financial management, government compliance, and strategic planning. Denise finds bringing people of diverse backgrounds together in musical celebration the most rewarding aspect of her work at Music Maker. She finds inspiration in these bold senior artists launching new careers and blazing new trails around the globe. She and Tim have two children.

Mollie O’Reilly

Mollie O’Reilly

Advancement Coordinator

Mollie received her B.S. in Dance/Kinesiology from Indiana University, where she quickly developed a passion for charitable work and spearheaded numerous community service projects. This resolve stuck with her beyond college, and after working for several years in arts administration, her desire to directly support artists and vulnerable populations brought her to Music Maker in the summer of 2018. Mollie works to help deepen the resource base of Music Maker through annual and major giving, special events, and community involvement.

Ardie Dean

Ardie Dean

MUSICAL DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

With 3 decades as drummer, musical directer and award winning producer for the Music Maker Relief Foundation, this veteran has performed the most prestigious venues around the globe proving ‘the more you give, the more you get!’

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