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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Charles Fox, Fox Music House

2013 Business Award


Charles Fox and Fox Music HouseFox Music House was started by Charles Fox’s grandparents in 1928. Fox became the third generation president of the company in 1993. During his tenure, he and his staff have expanded the company’s commitment to the arts and, especially, to arts education in the public and private schools.


Fox has been a board member and volunteer leader of numerous arts organizations and initiatives, and has established a track record of being a founding member of many successful arts initiatives. He has supported the Charleston Music Teachers Association by providing a consistent meeting location for more than 20 years through the music store. He was a founding member of Creative Spark, a local organization which boasts of 20 years of providing quality artistic experiences to schools and communities in the tri-county area. He helped start the Charleston Arts Alliance, serving area arts organizations with resources and best business practices. As a member of the Sertoma Club, he brought in artists such as authors, Gullah singers and basket makers to talk about the value of the arts in communities and the life skills they gained through their involvement in their school arts programs. He currently serves as board chair of the Youth Endowment for the Arts, providing equitable, quality cultural arts programming for Charleston-area children. He has been instrumental in launching Engaging Creative Minds, an initiative to increase student access to learning through the arts, culture, creativity and imagination.


Perhaps Fox’s greatest contribution has been founding the Charleston Marathon as a sustainable funding source for arts programs in Charleston public schools. Since 2010, this annual race has provided $100,000 in funds for the arts, with a goal of eventually raising $1 million per year.


Through his business, Fox Music House, Fox has donated pianos to schools and offered store facilities for students to have a place to practice. He and his staff have provided pianos and tuning for the Charleston Symphony and the S.C. Music Educator’s Conference and have been active in the College of Charleston International Piano Series.


All of Fox’s activities and accomplishments are done with little fanfare and expectations of acknowledgement. He contributes his time, energy and talent and gives back to the community because he thinks it is the right thing to do. The impact of Charles Fox the businessman and his business, Fox Music House, can be felt across South Carolina’s Lowcountry and, indeed, the state.