August 1-14, 2021
The National Music Festival unequivocally and fervently affirms that Black Lives Matter.
We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the unacceptably long list of lives lost before them.
We believe that amplifying diverse voices is the path toward a better understanding of our shared humanity.
We stand in solidarity with Black Americans and all allies against systemic racism and white supremacy.
We pledge to do all we can to support Black concert musicians.
(Special thanks to the Kent Cultural Alliance and American Shakespeare Center for inspiring this statement.)
The mission of the National Music Festival is to present world-class celebrations of music and to provide affordable arts education and entertainment year round; as well as to foster economic development by contributing to the greater Kent County community as an arts and entertainment destination on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
All National Music Festival apprentices attend tuition free. For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting over 35 concerts — ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus — and 200 free open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world.
The Festival is a division of OuterArts Maryland, Inc., a nonprofit organization that also administers vibrant community and youth programming including the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program, an instrument loan program, the Resonance concert series, and The Phanos Project, which promotes the music of the composer Phanos Dymiotis.