2019 FESTIVAL ARTIST DONATIONS
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Newport Folk and Newport Jazz donation announcements coming soon.