Minnesota's Legacy

Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,161
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
RiverSong Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
End Date
October 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Carver
Chippewa
Crow Wing
Hennepin
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lyon
McLeod
Meeker
Nobles
Redwood
Renville
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Blue Earth
Carver
Chippewa
Crow Wing
Hennepin
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lyon
McLeod
Meeker
Nobles
Redwood
Renville
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,161
Other Funds Leveraged
$97,988
Direct expenses
$127,149
Administration costs
$4,247
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

RiverSong volunteers develop skills, capacity and become better equipped to sustain the festival. 1. Track training hours, with a goal of two hours average per volunteer. 2. Measure and compare committee turnover. 3. Self-evaluation and volunteer surveys. 2: RiverSong attendance grows to 3,000 adults to provide increased financial security. 1. Compare ticket sales and attendance totals from previous festivals. 2. Collect zip codes to track audience residence. 3. Compare marketing tool locations with audience reported residence.

Measurable Outcome(s)

RiverSong volunteers developed skills, capacity and became better equipped to sustain the festival. Weekend volunteers received 30 minutes of training prior to their shift, which was adequate based on repeat volunteers. Board volunteers received six hours of training. Four of eleven board members were new. Eleven completed online survey. 2: RiverSong attendance grew to 2,162 adults, short of the 3,000 goal but up from 2016 attendance. 2016 was 1,535 and $29,804 in ticket sales and 2017 was 2,162 and $37,932. Zip codes were not available in our system as planned so new ideas will be explored for better 2018 tracking.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Amber Erickson, Lori Thul, Betsy Price, Kris Haag, Ronny Wilson, Valerie Mackenthun, Brenda Sandquist, Katy Hiltner, Joel Sturges, Pat May, John Rodeberg, Mark Hanneman, Karen Grasmon
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
RiverSong Music Festival will host its 9th two-day, outdoor music festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota, July 14-15, 2017, introducing a diverse audience to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.
Project Manager
First Name
Karen
Last Name
Grasmon
Organization Name
RiverSong Music Festival
Street Address
PO Box 667
City
Hutchinson
State
MN
Zip Code
55350
Phone
(320) 583-5140
Email
kgrasmon@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Richard Hansen: Film curator, Redeye Cinema; founder, Duluth Superior Film Festival and Prove Gallery, Duluth; Hassen Hussein: Assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; director of business development at African Economic Development Solutions; Steven Madson: Owner and president, SRO Productions (event company); Dayna Martinez: Artistic director of world music, dance and the International Children's Festival, Ordway Center; Karen Michels: Executive director, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.; William Venne: Chief development officer, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No