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.
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 and supported by materials provided to the teachers.
In February, the Festival presents an abbreviated winter season that, in recent years, has featured a new partnership with the University of Utah's School of Music and Grand County School District strings programs. This collaboration involves:
- Daily string workshops lead by professional musicians for 50 Moab strings students and local music educators.
- Community concert at Dead Horse Point State Park and on KZMU Community Radio.
- Winterlude Concert at Star Hall.
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.