2017 Montana Folk Festival
Mainstreet Uptown Butte is the non-profit that has wrangled this major event since it began as the National Folk Festival in 2008. We have studied at the side of our partners, the National Council for the Traditional Arts and taken great strides in reducing costs by assuming more and more of the event's responsibilities.
Still, to maintain the quality of a festival of this caliber, we are facing $650,000 in expenses for the coming year.
We are very lucky to have major sponsors who have signed on to help lift this load in the coming year including the local government, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and others, but we still have to raise our share ($100,000) to fill the gap between sponsor support and individual contributions to help us pay the many bills that result.
These bills start coming in almost immediately when we commit to going forward. These include fees, travel and lodging for performers, artists and others. We have to arrange for tents, golf carts, sound and staging, and other major expenses and many smaller ones too like making sure we have enough tables and chairs for the comfort of our attendees.
We have to arrange for media ads and other marketing materials that invite attendees from throughout Montana, the Northwest and beyond.
Luckily we have a core group of hundreds of volunteers and others who are ready to work throughout the winter and spring to assemble the many moving parts that make this event hum and sing.
Over the last decade, the festival has become an economic engine and cultural magnet that has made us proud to say we have a role in bringing it to life each year.
We will try to be as creative with the resources we gather to express our appreciation for our supporters large and small.
For starters, as we have done since 2008, admission will remain free to all music, dance and art performances, markets, and workshops.
All contributions, too, are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Please join this beautiful crowd and help us make the 2017 Montana Folk Festival the best one yet.
For details, visit www.montanafolkfestival.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mtfolkfest
We are close to the time when we have to send out large sums to the necessary vendors who will build a tent city on the hill, who will converge on Butte to set up sound and rigging for lights, golf carts to transport attendees from stage to stage, and the many travel and lodging arrangements that will bring more than 200 artists to the multiple stages of the Montana Folk Festival, including ensuring that shuttles will be ready to and from the airport for performers who will be coming from New York, New Orleans and other far flung places.
Also, we are closer to the time when we will have to place ads on TV, radio and elsewhere to jostle for the attention of travelers in the region to convince them that this event is the must see it is on the way to and from any destination and that once again we have managed to keep admission free of charge to all. More details are gathering every day at www,montanafolkfestival.com. Just yesterday we announced that we have a partner in Montana Public Radio who will be broadcasting live from the Original Stage on Friday and Saturday. They will be joined by NPR host and folklorist Nick Spitzer of American Routes.
If you know anyone who could help with these many expenses, please encourage them to consider their support.
Volunteers are signing up to help keep it humming and complete chores that require the help of hundreds from throughout Montana and the region.
And there are the thousands who are accepting the invitation to come and experience this mine yard party that we have been planning for months in the 10th year of its presentation in Montana. Keep up with the latest on our Facebook page too -- mtfolkfest.
Corporate sponsors are stepping up too but this campaign is for individuals and charitable contributions, and the business sponsorships, challenges and matches are not mentioned here. You can find these listed on our web site -- www.montanafolkfestival.com -- but here only the generosity of attendees and others who would like to see the festival flourish are mentioned.
If you know someone who fits that description, please let them know how they can help!
Christmas is past and amidst the planning for meals that include leftovers, plans to celebrate the new year and resolutions for 2017, many are planning their year end charitable giving strategy.
If you know someone struggling with this, remind them that the Montana Folk Festival is a project of a 501 c 3 non profit organization and as such they can make a contribution and receive the fullest tax deduction allowed by law.
Their contribution will not get us closer to a cure for cancer, but it will help ensure the success of the 2017 Montana Folk Festival.
Thank you to all who have helped bring us this far and thank you to anyone who even considers placing us on their year end giving list.
We have a long way to go from here to July 7-9 and a shorter and shorter time to get there.
If you know someone who can help, please tell them about this campaign.
Happy Holiday Season!