Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) awarded sponsorships to 21 Virginia music festivals for total funds of $201,550 as part of its 2018 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.
The 21 music festivals that received awards reported 205,000 in attendance and an estimated $34 million in economic impact to communities across the Commonwealth in 2017. The VTC Music Festival Sponsorship Program is a funding source to help promote the growth of Virginia music festivals and to increase visitation to local communities, while also building Virginia’s reputation as a music destination. The grants are expected to assist in greater attendance numbers and economic impact.
Details on the grant awards are below:
|Old Mill Concert Series||May 4 – Nov. 2, 2018||Damascus Inn, Inc. dba Damascus Old Mill|
|Lime Kiln Theater Summer Concert Series||May 4 -Sept. 22, 2018||Lime Kiln Arts, Inc. dba Lime Kiln Theater|
|Roots of American Music Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center||Saturdays – May through September||Blue Ridge Music Center|
|Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 48th Annual Hills of Home Festival||May 24-26, 2018||Stanley Mountain Music Heritage Fund LLC|
|Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival||May 24-27, 2018||Rooster Walk, Inc.|
|8th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival||May 25-27, 2018||Festival Farm Productions|
|2018 Supernova International Ska Festival||May 25-28, 2018||Social Music LLC|
|HoustonFest||June 8-9, 2018||Galax Volunteer Fire Department|
|Mountains of Music Homecoming||June 8-16, 2018||The Crooked Road|
|Funhouse Fest||June 22-23, 2018||Funhouse Fest – Virginia Arts Festival|
|Red Wings Roots Music Festival||July 13-15, 2018||Black Bear Productions, LLC|
|Shenandoah Valley Music Festival||July 20-Sept. 2, 2018||Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Inc.|
|FloydFest 18 Wild||July 25-29, 2018||Across-the-Way Productions, Inc./Blue Cow Arts|
|Carter Family Memorial Festival||Aug. 3-4, 2018||Carter Family Memorial Center, Inc.|
|Staunton Music Festival||Aug. 10-19, 2018||Tamworth Music Festival; dba Staunton Music Festival|
|LOCKN’||Aug. 23-26, 2018||LOCKN’, LLC|
|36th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival||Aug. 24-25, 2018||Norfolk Festevents. LTD.|
|Appaloosa Roots Music Festival||Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018||Appaloosa Blue Ridge Arts Foundation|
|Bluegrass by the Bay||Sept. 12-15, 2018||Thousand Trails Bluegrass by the Bay, Inc.|
|Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion||Sept. 21-23, 2018||Birthplace of County Music|
|The Festy Experience||Oct. 5-7, 2018||The Festy Experience|
Music is an important driver of tourism in Virginia and an important part of Virginia culture. Virginia hosts a variety of music events and festivals year-round, providing music lovers across the state with hundreds of performances a year by local and world-famous musicians.
Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2016, tourism generated $24 billion in revenue, supported 230,000 jobs and provided $1.7 billion in state and local taxes for the Commonwealth. Dollars invested in tourism are proven to provide a seven to one return in tax revenue for Virginia, and grant awards provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.
For more information on the VTC Music Festival Sponsorship Program grants, please visit vatc.org/grants.
For more information on music in Virginia, please visit virginia.org/music.