2019 FESTIVAL ARTIST DONATIONS

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Sixty-five years ago, our events defined the modern day festival paradigm, which is so prevalent today. Yet we feel that our own understanding of what it means to be a festival needs to be reexamined. Are we empowering artists? Are we supporting the next generation of musicians? Are we inspiring our fans? In short, can we be doing more?

While we’ve laid the groundwork as a non-profit in recent years, it has become clear that the increasing burden to sustain music education in America is falling squarely on communities like ours.

Therefore, on top of all the local work we are doing in Rhode Island, we are making a commitment to partner with festival artists to donate to a music education cause of their choosing. For more information on each donation, click the artists name.


THE O'MY'S / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of The O’My’s to Young Chicago Authors (YCA). YCA hosts a free, weekly program where young Hip-hop artists can come to make beats and write bars, building community with other up-and-coming musicians. Emcee Wreckshop is hosted every Saturday by Chicago-based rappers and educators, Add-2 and Defcee. The grant from the Newport Festivals Foundation will support artist fees and production of the Wreckshop Mixtape, featuring the students' final compositions.


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SHERYL CROW / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Sheryl to Adopt a Classroom. The funds from this donation will go to a high school in Sheryl's hometown, Kennett, Missouri – allowing Kennett High School's band program to update existing sound/recording system within the band room. With this new equipment, Kennett will be able to record and have evaluative discussions about music and how to improve students' overall performance.


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PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of the band to Preservation Hall Foundation to support their Workshops, Masterclasses, and Open Soundchecks program. These programs connect students from across the U.S. with musicians from Preservation Hall to support their growth in Jazz. From workshops and masterclasses in schools to free Open Soundchecks when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the road, these experiences are crucial in providing students with a direct connect with master jazz practitioners.


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NILUFER YANYA / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Nilüfer to Buffalo String Works. Funds will be used towards supporting their brand new double bass program. By adding another bass to their instrument library, we will be able to open up a spot to a new student to join their vibrant, inclusive student body of refugee and immigrant children.


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PARKER MILLSAP / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Parker to Music Makes Us in order to purchase 30 soprano ukuleles for the music students at Thomas A. Edison Elementary. Ms. Marie Morris serves as one of two music teachers at the school and has requested the instruments so that her upper elementary students can experience the joy of playing string instruments. Thomas Edison is a Title I school with a very diverse student population that speaks 21 languages.


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LUCY DACUS / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Lucy to JAMinc to support JAMinc's school outreach efforts. Since 2004 JAMinc has taken studio concert artists to public schools with more than 90,000 students served so far. This donation will be used to underwrite the instructor fees JAMinc provides each artist.


YOLA / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Yola's behalf to Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH!). Funding will go straight towards YEAH!'s Scholarship Fund which helps send youth to Rock Camps and other programming. Over 60% of participating youth attend on scholarship and no camper has ever been turned away due to lack of funds. The funding directly supports YEAH!'s mission to build a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls and gender non-conforming youth while building community through music.


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STEPHEN MARLEY / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Stephen Marley to support Ghetto Youths Foundation. Founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, GYF is dedicated to providing aid and resources, support and opportunity to communities in need across the globe. The funds provided by Newport Festivals Foundation will be used to support access to quality music education for young people, underlining GYF's deep belief in the universal power of the performing arts to transform young lives.


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DAWES & FRIENDS / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Dawes to Silverlake Conservatory of Music to provide scholarships to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford weekly private lessons, instruments, supplies and group class enrollment.


Amy Ray Band / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Amy to Georgia Pick & Bow. Pick and Bow preserves Appalachian music by offering affordable instruction to students in grades 4 through 12. Newport Festivals Foundation's donation will go towards scholarships to help fund those students who cannot afford to pay full tuition or in some cases, any tuition at all.


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Maggie Rogers / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Maggie's behalf to The Girls Electronic Music Stars (GEMS) summer program at NYU – a 2-week experience for middle school girls ages 10-12. The generous grant will be used to sponsor 10 girls' tuition to attend the program. Girls will be given the scholarship to attend the program based on declared need for financial assistance.


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J.S. Ondara / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of J.S. Ondara to The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC). This donation will help fund educational programs that teach musicians valuable and relevant skills such as sound, lighting, music business management and more.


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Ruston Kelly / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Ruston to purchase new instruments for Face The Music's Grace Note Project – a music-centric program that provides musicians newly in recovery a vehicle to give back.


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Rayland Baxter / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Rayland to Creede High School in Colorado to purchase materials needed to grow Creede's band and choir programs including sheet music, textbooks and binders.


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Devon Gilfillian / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Devon to Give A Note Foundation to support their efforts to acknowledge and reward the impactful work of music teachers across the country in the form of funds granted directly to public school K-12 music classrooms.


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Lake Street Dive / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Lake Street Dive to support The Institute for the Music Arts. To celebrate the partnership between IMA, Lake Street Dive and Newport Festivals Foundation, four young women from IMA's summer programs will join Lake Street Dive for a performance at the Newport Folk Festival this summer. 


Charley Crockett / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Charley Crockett to Kids in a New Groove to fund their Mentoring Through Music program. Funds will specifically go to purchase brand new instruments for students


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The Nude Party / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to Studios For Schools on behalf of The Nude Party. Studios For Schools is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building industry-standard recording and production studios in high schools. Newport Festivals Foundation's donation will be used to buy much-needed microphones, mic cables and mic stands for the students, as well as upgrading some of the lighting, wall panels and electrical.


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I’m With Her / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of I’m With Her to Education Through Music-LA's to ensure that all students receive a quality sequential music education program at partner school Hooper Elementary School, located in South Central.  The funding will directly expand Hooper Elementary's Band and Strings Orchestra Program from 85 to 161 students (4th and 5th grades) this 2018-19 school year through the purchase of new instruments and the addition of two more music instructors to provide weekly instruction twice a week.


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COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Courtney Marie Andrews to support Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Funds will be used to help students from low income families in the Phoenix area to attend summer music intensives by providing travel support. 


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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Lukas Nelson to support Anthropos in Austin TX. Anthropes hires top local professional musicians to teach and mentor at-risk teens through a series of lessons, rehearsals, and a large concert in downtown Austin.  Newport Festivals Foundation's gift will provide 45 lessons for at-risk teens in the Austin area this spring.


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KACEY MUSGRAVES / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Kacey Musgraves to support Mineola High School ISD Band Program. With an increase in participation in the band program, there is a need for additional instruments – especially to help support the growing interest in jazz and chamber music small ensembles.


BILLY STRINGS & MOLLY TUTTLE / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Billy & Molly to support The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music to underwrite a brand new class offering in 2019. This class will focus on bluegrass flat picking guitar styles, a la Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle.


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LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Liz Cooper to support Music 4 More to provide instruments for struggling school and community music programs, including music therapy programs for veterans and active military. 


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PHIL LESH & THE TERRAPIN FAMILY BAND / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Phil Lesh to support Unbroken Chain Foundation. Funds provided will be used by Unbroken Chain Foundation to bring music education programs to communities where great need exists.


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CEDRIC BURNSIDE / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Cedric Burnside to support Old Town School of Folk Music’s financial aid program. In the last year, 490 students benefited from assistance, which is provided on a sliding scale. Of the students, 172 were adults, 209 were children, and 28 were teens, with children and teens representing 48% of the total awards.


JADE BIRD / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Jade Bird to Intonation Music in Chicago, IL. Funding will directly support the salaries of the two teaching artists who serve as mentors and music instructors to youth at Ellis Arts and Recreation Center. At Ellis, and at nine other sites in Chicago’s mid-South Side, Intonation offers in-school, after school and summer programs to bring music education to under-resourced communities. While learning to play music and form their own bands, students learn to collaborate, express themselves confidently, and take ownership of their limitless potential. 


JEFF TWEEDY / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to The People's Music School in Chicago on behalf of Jeff Tweedy. The People's Music School's "Greater South Side Band" program serves 100 students. The donation will fund a full year of instrument purchases for these young students, giving them the opportunity to reap the benefits of the program and experience the joys of music.


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HALEY HEYNDERICKX / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Haley Heynderickx to My Voice Music in Portland, OR. This donation will allow My Voice Music to purchase the 15 djembes needed in order to continue their important work with undocumented migrant youth held in detention centers seeking asylum.


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TODD SNIDER / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Todd Snider to support The Quest Center's music education programs for children living in rural, lower-income communities.


MOUNTAIN MAN / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has donated to fund a Girls Rock NC collaborative project with Music Maker Relief Foundation artists to bring influential Appalachian and Southern musicians to our youth programs, sharing stories, knowledge, and community across musical generations.


GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to fund the Columbine High School guitar class in honor of Gregory and his band.


IF I HAD A SONG / 2019 Newport Folk Festival

On behalf of the guests performing in this set and the Seeger family, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to: Beacon Advocates for Music (B.A.M.)


More Newport Folk and Newport Jazz donation announcements coming soon.

 
 
Christopher Capotosto