Minnesota's Legacy

Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
RiverSong Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The variety and number of Minnesota artists that are presented through festivals increases. The variety and number of folk and traditional arts and artists that are presented through festivals increases. Minnesota festivals have greater financial stability and serve broader audiences. The number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals increases.

Measurable Outcome(s)

RiverSong served its mission in the 2012 festival by providing a high-quality music festival experience in a natural setting. The festival showcased local and regional musical talent, offered educational artistic opportunities for all ages and demonstrated the skill and knowledge of a diverse group of talented artists. It highlighted the Hutchinson area's growing arts culture and folk music heritage, and leveraged the wide array of strong community assets available. Our outcomes related to overall festival mission were evaluated by the volunteer steering committee. Following the festival, all sub-committees met to debrief on their particular areas of focus, including talent, site/security/technology, marketing, fundraising, hospitality and volunteer coordination. Each group provided feedback that the steering committee in turn discussed during a debrief session. Feedback was very positive, especially related to the artists showcased. 2: One of the festival's biggest assets is that roots music covers such a wide variety; there will always be many talented artists to choose from. It directly connects to Hutchinson's heritage, since the community was founded by a family of folk singers. In addition to the more than 50 artists featured during the festival weekend, RiverSong added a pre-festival music series, which brought musicians to various venues for the four months leading to the festival. The series was hosted at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, Hutchinson Mall, Crow River Winery and Zellas restaurant. It brought awareness to the upcoming festival, provided high-quality music performances to the community that would've otherwise not been available, and built audience for the artists. Anecdotally, steering committee and ticket gate volunteers noted many festival attendees were there because they liked the artist during our music series, and this was also indicated by responses to our post-festival website survey.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Betsy Price, John Rodeberg, Megan Peterson, Mark Hanneman, Jan Johnson, Karen Grasmon, Kris Haag, Laurie Vasko, Ronny Wilson
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The RiverSong Music Festival, July 20-21, will highlight the abundant music, art, history, and natural assets of the Hutchinson area. Held at Masonic West River Park, it will feature the best in roots music for community members and visitors of all ages.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
RiverSong Music Festival
Street Address
PO Box 666 547 Miller Ave SW
Zip Code
(320) 583-5140
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Patricia Canelake: Artist; Anastasia Faunce: Program director, University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Editor, Open to Interpretation series.; Lori Janey: Design engineer, Seagate Technology. Board chair, Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater. Fundraising and volunteer management, Wishes for the Sky.; Wendy LaRoque-Lundin: Native American fiber artist and educator.; David Machacek: Executive director, ArtOrg. Visual artist.; Fiona MacNeill: Academic Technologist for the Arts, Carleton College. New media/performance artist and curator.; Barbara Mollberg: Dean of Liberal Arts, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Mary Ann Okner: Performing artist and educator.; Sharon Stark: Executive secretary, Little Theatre of Owatonna. Administrative Assistant, Owatonna Arts Center.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed