With help from generous donors, in 2017 the Festival funded five $300 scholarships to Grand County students grades 2-12 for private music lessons between September 2017-August 2018. Recipients included two middle school violinists, one high school flutist, one upper elementary bass player, and one middle school tuba student. Applications for the next scholarship round will be available HERE April 1-May 31, 2018; recipients will receive awards on Labor Day 2018. To fund a future music lesson scholarship, call Erin Groves, Festival Coordinator, at the Festival Box Office, 435.259.7003.
Directed by its Mission, the Moab Music Festival provides cultural enrichment and music education in the local community with the help of visiting artists and various ongoing community partnerships. Since 1992, these efforts have produced a variety of programs for both children and adults both during the Festival and throughout the year, with opportunities to learn more about music and explore personal musical talents and interests. (Right: Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Yann Falquet, and Jordan Tice further the MMF's mission of music Education and Outreach with 2017 elementary music assemblies.)
Every child enrolled in the Grand County School District attends a music assembly during the fall Festival, in which two of the Festival's programs are presented in an accessible format to students, with supporting materials provided to the teachers for additional in-class learning. In recent years, featured artists have included the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, Time For Three, Clarice Assad + OFF THE CLIFF, and various programs from New York Festival of Song, to name a few.
In February, the Festival presents an abbreviated winter season that, in recent years, has featured partnerships with both the University of Utah and Utah State University, with Grand County School District strings programs. This collaboration involves:
- Daily string workshops lead by professional musicians for Moab strings students and local music educators
- Community concerts at local galleries, state parks, and KZMU Community Radio
- Winterlude Concerts at Star Hall
In January, 2018, the MMF and Grand County Public Library launched a new collaboration, Musical Story Hour. Four times throughout the year, the two organizations partner to present musically themed story time and live musical demonstrations for families with young children. For more information, click HERE.
Each year, the Festival solicits project proposals from all Grand County School District music educators in an effort to support music education in the classroom. 2018 Education Initiative Award recipients and projects include:
- Grand County High School Band - brass mutes
- Grand County Middle School Band - new timpani set
- Grand County Middle/High School Strings - music editing software
- Moab Charter School - classroom set of songbooks and recorders
- Helen M. Knight Elementary - no application
- BEACON Moab Strings - general operating support and ongoing teacher training
Each summer the Festival selects two high school students with an interest in Arts Administration or Music Performance for a three-month internship opportunity. Interns gain experience in customer service and ticketing software, marketing, musical programming for our show on KZMU Community Radio, Music Library management, and artist hospitality.
Education and Community Outreach programs are supported in-part by My Good Fund, the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, WESTAF, the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Moab Arts Council, the Moab Area Travel Council, Daynes Music, the sale of Festival program book ads, and Moab Music Festival benefit events.