TCAN Virtual Benefit 2021 - Tommy Emmanuel

Saturday December 11, 2021 - Friday December 31, 2021

TCAN’s Annual Benefit has traditionally been a celebration of the positive impact that the arts have on our community. Proceeds from the benefit support TCAN's artistic programming as well as its community outreach initiatives. This year, as we work towards a recovery from the pandemic, our Annual Benefit fundraiser featuring Grammy-winning guitarist Tommy Emmanuel was recorded live at TCAN in front of a small audience of fans and event sponsors on November 20, 2021.

This year, as we celebrate our 24th year as a community-based arts organization, TCAN Virtual Benefit 2021 will feature that performance by one of the great musicians of our generation: Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

During this national health crisis, support for TCAN has never been more crucial. Your support will make it possible to continue our mission of presenting arts experiences that are available to everyone.

Experience this special event FREE online at on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:30pm. The event will remain online at this location following the premiere screening.




William Thomas Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist known for his complex fingerstyle technique, his joyous, exuberant performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.

His recorded work includes over 35 solo albums, and literally thousands of guest appearances with artists as varied as Michael Jackson, Chet Atkins, Diana Ross, Bill Wyman, Marty Stuart, and Air Supply. Emmanuel’s awards include Australia’s Best Guitarist in Juke Magazine for 1986, 1987, and 1988. He received the 1988 Studio Musician of the Year award in Bi-Centennial Music Week. The recipient of numerous Rolling Stone awards such as Most Popular Guitarist in1989 and 1990, and Best Guitarist from 1991 through 1994, he also received Australian Adult Contemporary Record of the Year in 1991 and 1993. He was named Australian Performer of the Year by the MO Awards in 1995 and 1997 and also received a gold record for the sales of Classical Gas. Tommy Emmanuel received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Instrumental Performance, in 1998 and 2006.