Directed by its Mission, the Moab Music Festival provides “cultural enrichment and education” in the local community. Since 1992, these efforts have produced a variety of programs for both children and adults, helping them learn more about music and explore their own musical talents and interests.
Music Student Scholarships
As part of the 25th Anniversary Season, the Moab Music Festival awarded a $1,000 scholarship to local student and Snow College Music Major, Alan Snow, bass, as well as 5 one-time $300 scholarships to Grand County students grades 2-12 to take private music lessons or attend an accredited music camp of their choice. 2017 recipients are: Ariann Child and Natalie Haase, violin, Auburn Jackman, flute, Miles Maloney, bass, and Ryder Murdock, tuba. To fund a future music lesson scholarship, call Erin Groves, Festival Coordinator, at the Festival Box Office, 435.259.7003.
Every child enrolled in the Grand County School District enjoys an 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.
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.
For information about Winterlude 2018, click HERE.
Musical Story Hour
In January, 2018, the MMF and Grand County Public Library kick off a new collaboration, Musical Story Hour. Four times throughout the year, the two organizations will partner to present musically themed story time and live musical demonstrations for families with young children. For more information, click HERE.
Education Initiative Awards
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. 2017 Education Initiative Award recipients and projects include:
- Grand County High School Band - outdoor performance equipment (classroom set of stand lights, clips)
- Grand County Middle School Band - new xylophone frame
- Grand County Middle/High School Strings - performance chairs and stands
- Moab Charter School - classroom set of xylophones
- Helen M. Knight Elementary - music curriculum grades k-6
- BEACON Moab Strings - general operating support and ongoing teacher training
Summer Intern Program
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.