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Experience the LOVE of Virginia

Virginia Tourism Awards 32 Local Music Festivals with Funds to Support Growth

~Virginia music festivals bring an estimated economic impact of $46,819,863 to communities across the Commonwealth~

Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) awarded sponsorships to 32 Virginia music festivals for total funds of $245,448 as part of its 2017 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.

The 32 awarded music festivals bring in 482,943 in attendance and $11,044,418 in ticket sales with an estimated economic impact of $46,819,863 to communities across the Commonwealth.

The VTC Music Festival Sponsorship Program is a funding source for established music festivals in Virginia to help growth of the festival and increase visitation to local communities, while also building Virginia's reputation as a music destination. VTC funds can be used for any production aspects needed for the festival. Examples include entertainment costs, production costs, staging, etc.


Details on the grant awards are below:

Music Festival

Locality/Organization

Grant Award

Friday Cheers

Venture Richmond Events, LLC

$5,000

Native American Heritage Festival

Radford Visitors Center

$2,447

Fun House Fest

Virginia Arts Festival

$7,500

Thursday Jams

Abingdon Music Experience

$7,500

Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival

Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival

$7,500

Blue Ridge Music Center Summer 2017 Music Programs

Blue Ridge Music Center

$3,750

Hillsville Summer Nights Concert Series

Town of Hillsville

$2,500

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival

Rooster Walk, Inc.

$7,500

The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival

Wolf Hills Brewing Company

$2,500

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Patriotic Festival II, Inc.

$7,500

Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Music Festival

The Stuart Rotary Foundation

$5,000

HoustonFest

HoustonFest

$7,500

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.

$7,500

Mountains of Music Homecoming

The Crooked Road

$15,000

Chautauqua Festival

Wythe Arts Council, Inc.

$7,500

Shore Made Music Festival

Friends of Onancock School

$2,500

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization

$7,500

Mountains of Music on Main

Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Art Center

$2,500

Heifetz International Music Festival of Concerts

Heifetz International Music Institute

$7,500

Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Black Bear Productions, Inc.

$7,500

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Inc.

$7,500

FloydFest

Across the Way Productions

$15,000

Old Fiddlers Convention

Galax Moose Lodge #733

$2,500

Staunton Music Festival

Staunton Music Festival

$15,000

Lockn’ Festival

Lockn’ LLC

$15,000

Front Porch Fest

One Family Productions, Inc.

$5,000

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

Birthplace of Country Music

$15,000

Watermelon Park Fest

Shepherds Ford Productions, LLC

$5,000

The Festy Experience

The Festy Experience, LLC

$15,000

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival

Joel Sweeney Festival Planning Committee

$5,000

Richmond Folk Festival

Venture Richmond Events, LLC

$15,000

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Ferrum College

$6,750

The next round of the VTC Music Festival Sponsorship Program grants will open early 2018. Music festivals interested in applying may visit vatc.org/grants for more information.

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2015, tourism generated $23 billion in revenue, supported 223,100 jobs and provided $1.6 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 Virginia tourism industry, please visit virginia.org.

 

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