Can Do Musos was established to promote and support challenged musicians from all over the world.
"Muso" or "musos" are terms used widely in parts of the world to describe a musician or group of musicians with passion and dedication to their music.
Can-Do Musos Founders: L-R: David Segal, Dom Famularo, Andrew Hewitt, and Mike Mignogna
at Dom Famularo's Wizdom Woodshed in New York - 15th March 2013
On March 15, 2013, Andrew Hewitt travelled to New York to attend a charter meeting of Can-Do Musos at Dom Famularo's Wizdom Woodshed in Port Jefferson on Long Island.
Can-Do Musos was established by Andrew Hewitt, Dom Famularo, David Segal and Michael Mignogna to give musicians with "challenges" a voice where they would normally not be heard. As our Mission Statement says Can Do Musos want to provide guidance and hope to all musicians with challenges. Music is empowering and has no limitations and everyone should have a chance at their dreams.
Having a "Can Do attitude" is the first step toward success!
On our website, we use the word "challenges". We feel that disability quite often gets misinterpreted as an inability. People with challenges have passion, can be empowered and want to succeed.
In 2014 we added drummer Joe Hardy to our board of directors.
In November 2014, Andrew Hewitt started hosting Can-Do Radio, which is a weekly online radio show which features music from Can-Do Musos. Current podcasts of the show can be found at podomatic.com.
On the 24th January 2015, we presented Can-Do Musos - Bringing the Disabled Musician into the Mainstream a panel discussion in the H.O.T. Zone at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
The NAMM Show 2015 - Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, California - 25th January 2015
Presenters: Joe Hardy, Michael Mignogna, Andrew Hewitt, Dom Famularo, Dean Zimmer, Mark Goffeney, and David Segal. Photos: Colin Barnes
In December 2015, Andrew Hewitt began hosting and producing CAN-DO MUSOS TV - an online TV show showcasing Can-Do Musos from all over the world via vimeo.com.
On the 24th January 2016, Can-Do Musos members Andrew Hewitt, David Segal, Dean Zimmer, Joe Hardy Mark Goffeney, Brandon Mendenhall, Nate Stockton, and Risty Bryce joined with Dom Famularo as MC presented Can-Do Musos: Empowerment for Disabled Musicians at The NAMM Show in Anaheim.
The NAMM Show 2016 - Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, California - 24th January 2015
Presenters: Joe Hardy, Andrew Hewitt, Dom Famularo, Dean Zimmer, Mark Goffeney, David Segal, Brandon Mendenhall, Nate Stockton, and Risty Bryce.
In 2017, Can-Do Musos perfomed on Center Stage at NAMM. This performance involved 12 musicians from 4 countries.
We also hosted our panel discussion in True Tracks at NAMM.
In 2018, Andrew couldn't attend NAMM in person as his wife Jen was having surgery on her shoulder. However, Andrew was still able to present from his studio in Australia via Skype.
In 2019, Can-Do Musos perfomed on the Arena Plaza Stage at NAMM. On the Sunday afternoon, we held our discussion panel in TEC Tracks at NAMM at the Anaheim Hilton.
Roadhouse Blues courtesy of Drum Talk TV
Due to The NAMM Show event being cancelled due to COVID19, Can-Do Musos were invited to give a 15 minute online presentation for Believe in Music NAMM 2021 online.
In May 2021, we launched the first ever online Can-Do Musos Music Fest. This music festival goes for 2 1/2 hours and features 60 musicians from 20 countries.
We are always looking for passionate musicians with challenges to profile on our website and be a part of this unique new organisation.
Our website currently features over 358 musicians from 36 countries.
People can sign up via our website www.candomusos.com. Whether you sing, play guitar, keyboards, drums, even souzaphone, we would love to hear from you. Please remember to give us as much information as possible.