To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s rich musical heritage.

MMONE is for educational use only. Our information is based on many hours of research by our writers.

That’s the mission of MMONE, the Music Museum of New England. This website is the first step in a long journey from creating a virtual “museum” online to building a bricks-and-mortar visitors center and archive. All of our information is based on our writers’ knowledge of their topics, gleaned from hours of research and their professional/personal experiences.

Call us “em-em-won.” We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to our mission and we’ve been adding information, images, audio, video and links to this site since its launch in 2005.

We have two basic criteria for inclusion in the museum:

  1. That a person, place or organization was involved professionally with music in New England at least 15 years ago.
  2. That they germinated their style in N.E., utilizing it as a stepping stone to their musical career and therefore making a significant contribution to the region’s musical heritage.

If you see someone or something missing from this site that you feel deserves to be there, contact us at [email protected]. And if you have a story to tell about a memorable musical experience, you can share your story here.

To establish a presence in the “real world,” we launched the the New England Music Trail™, with historical markers on places of musical significance. We’ve created a new area on the site where, as we dedicate markers, you can see what those locations are and where to find them. The Trail is funded in part by the Music Drives Us Foundation.

The Music Museum of New England, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) organization eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.

Board of Directors

Harry Sandler, President & Co-Founder — A member of the successful late-’60s Boston band Orpheus; today Harry is retired after 22 years as Vice President at The American Program Bureau, a leading international speakers agency in Boston.

Carl Tortola, Director & Vice President of Marketing — 20+ year digital marketing veteran and Director of Interactive Production at Neptune Web, Inc.

Michael Fondo, Treasurer & Co-Founder — An attorney who is Director of Taxation for the private equity firm Audax Group in Boston, Mike previously was Director of Tax Planning for Fidelity Investments.

David Bieber, Director Currently the head of The David Bieber Archives that preserves more than 1,000,000 pieces of entertainment-related memorabilia. Former Director of Special Projects for the PhoenixMedia/Communications Group for 19 years, David spent 16 years before that heading up marketing, promotion and advertising for WBCN-FM.

Advisory Council

Don Law, President, Live Nation New England (formerly Tea Party Concerts)
Al Dotoli, Head of Production, Gillette Stadium & former talent manager (James Montgomery, James Cotton)
Wayne Ulaky, former bassist for The Beacon Street Union and executive at Canobie Lake Park


Steve Nelson, Co-Founder and President Emeritus — Manager of The Boston Tea Party rock and blues club in 1967-68, Steve has been involved in numerous media, marketing and technology entrepreneurial ventures since then.


Carl Tortola, Digital Marketing / Web Director
D.S. Monahan, Editor-at-large
Stephen Crafts, Web Editor
Gene Shwalb, Web Editor
Karl Sharicz, Contributing Writer

MMONE makes a good-faith effort to verify the information on this website, but we cannot guarantee the accuracy of submissions from our contributors. Please contact us if you believe there are any significant errors or omissions.

MMONE in the News

Newton Media Center | Museum Open House – The Music Museum of New England

Vanyaland | Legendary rock club the Boston Tea Party celebrates 50th anniversary at the Verb and Hojoko

Boston Globe | Boston Tea Party — the rock club, not the protest — celebrates anniversary | Aerosmith’s old apartment building in Allston is first site of Boston Music Trail | The Music Museum Of New England launches the Boston Music Trail | The Music Museum Of New England Launches the Boston Music Trail

Berkshire Fine Arts | Music Museum of New England Rock ‘n’ Soul Benefit Concert December 13

Berkshire Eagle | Preserving music from New England | Virtual museum preserves New England’s musical scene