Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
RiverSong Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
September 2017
End Date
August 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

RiverSong volunteers develop skills, capacity and become better equipped to sustain the festival. Track training hours, with a goal of two hours average per volunteer. Measure and compare committee turnover. Self-evaluation and volunteer surveys. 2: RiverSong board of directors develops news skills and a new fundraising model to increase its financial stability. Sponsor focus groups and surveys. Number of new fundraising volunteer recruits. Measure and compare the festival's sponsorship funding and retention from previous years.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details

RiverSong Music Festival will host its tenth outdoor music festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota, July 13-14, 2018, introducing a diverse audience to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
RiverSong Music Festival
Street Address
PO Box 667
Zip Code
(320) 587-7278
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. Chair, 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. Officer-at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Linda Ganister: Board member and former chair, Ely Winter Festival; bookkeeper; Amanda Lien: Executive director, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Brittany Lynch: Artist, activist, and entrepreneur; director of operations for Soul Tools Entertainment; Alejandra Tobar: Arts organizing and community engagement director, Pangea World Theater

Conflict of Interest Disclosed