Vintage Band Festival Receives MSAB Grant!

Vintage Band Festival recently learned that it is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Festival Support Grant for 2019. MSAB Festival Support grants help non-profit organizations such as Vintage Band Festival to engage Minnesotans in festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts.

MSAB received 34 applications for the 2019 Festival Support Grant cycle and awarded funding to 15 of those applicants. Vintage Band Festival’s request for $29, 550 was one of the applications to be approved. According to Paul Niemisto, Artistic Director of Vintage Band Festival, “This grant award represents a third of the anticipated budget for Vintage Band Festival 2019. We are extremely grateful that the review committee of the Minnesota State Arts Board sees the value of our work in bringing a unique musical experience to our audiences. We will do everything we can to make the most productive use of this wonderful funding opportunity.“

Vintage Band Festival, now in its 12th season, annually presents an international celebration of brass and wind band music of many musical genres and ethnic, historical, and geographical origins. The 2019 edition of Vintage Band Festival will take place in Northfield, Minnesota and surrounding communities August 1-4, 2019. There will be 25 bands playing 100 concerts during the four days of the festival.

Most of the performances will be in Northfield, but there will be concerts in at least six other southern Minnesota communities. The Northfield performances will take place in Bridge Square, Odd Fellows Park, the Northfield Hospital, the Northfield Retirement Community, Three Links, most of the town’s churches, and several of Northfield’s pubs and brewery taprooms. Impromptu performances by participating musicians are likely to occur at any time on the street corners and parks of Downtown Northfield during the festival weekend.

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