Monies generated from corporate sponsorships and revenue from the BMF help fund our youth-based music outreach activities. Since 2017, Beaufort Arts & Music has funded over $120,000 in music-centric outreach, with a primary focus on Carteret County schools. Our music outreach strategy continues to evolve through increased funding to our Music for Schools program and work on new programs such as Music for Hope & Healing to provide music therapy for physically and mentally challenged young adults.
Katherine Barrientos, EMPOWER Easterseals Morehead City Director, Kimberly Wade, Recreation and Wellness Supervisor, John LoPiccolo, Chris Taylor, Music Director Mary Withington, and Music with Mary participants.
The organizers for the Beaufort Music Festival, Beaufort Arts and Music OUTREACH program, have partnered with Easterseals, UCP EMPOWER here in Morehead City by donating $2,500 toward their weekly music therapy sessions. EMPOWER programs use music therapy to provide activities and training to adults with disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and cerebral palsy. The program reaches over 30 individuals weekly, providing enriching recreational, respite, and supported employment services.
Beaufort Arts and Music is a volunteer-run, 501c3 nonprofit organization working in the community to promote tourism through music in Beaufort and the Crystal Coast. This partnership is part of the organization’s core mission to enhance music opportunities in the community. Proceeds from last year’s enormously successful festival are making it possible for Beaufort Arts and Music to contribute to music therapy programs serving members of our own community. This is only possible through the support of the festival fans and sponsors!
For over 30 years, the Beaufort Music Festival has taken place in May in historic Beaufort, hosting bands across many musical genres. Since 2019, the festival has moved to a new location in Beaufort at Gallants Channel on property owned by the NC Maritime Museum and is situated on the waterfront at Gallants Point. The line-up for this year’s festival is set and can be viewed at www.beaufortmusicfestival.com. Tickets are on sale NOW for this year’s festival May 19-20, 2023!