Directed by its Mission, the Moab Music Festival provides cultural enrichment and music education in the local community with the help of visiting artists and various ongoing community partnerships. Since 1992, these efforts have produced a variety of programs for both children and adults both during the Festival and throughout the year, with opportunities to learn more about music and explore personal musical talents and interests. (Right: Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Yann Falquet, and Jordan Tice further the MMF's mission of music Education and Outreach with 2017 elementary music assemblies.)

Music Student Scholarships

With help from generous donors, in 2017 the Festival funded its first round of five $300 scholarships to Grand County students grades 2-12 for private music lessons during the 2017-18 school year. Thanks to the enthusiastic response of community supporters, the MMF was able to fund a second round for the 2018-19 school year. Scholarships were awarded at the MMF's annual Labor Day Concert in the park. The second round of recipients include a senior on tenor-saxophone, a junior on flute and piccolo, a freshman on cello, and two upper elementary students on violin. 

Pending additional funding, applications for the third round of scholarships will be available April 1, 2019, and due to the MMF office Friday, May 17 at 5 pm. Recipients will receive award notification over the summer and will receive funding distributions at the Labor Day 2019 Family Picnic Concert at Old City Park.

To fully or partially fund a music lesson scholarship, contact Erin Groves, Festival Coordinator, at the Festival Box Office, 435.259.7003, or email: erin@moabmusicfest.org.

School Assemblies

Every child enrolled in the Grand County School District attends a music assembly during the fall Festival, in which two of the Festival's programs are presented in an accessible format to students, with supporting materials provided to the teachers for additional in-class learning. In recent years, featured artists have included the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, Time For Three, Clarice Assad + OFF THE CLIFF, and various programs from New York Festival of Song, to name a few. 


In February, the Festival presents an abbreviated winter season that, in recent years, has featured partnerships with both the University of Utah and Utah State University, with Grand County School District strings programs. This collaboration involves:

  • Daily string workshops lead by professional musicians for Moab strings students and local music educators
  • Community concerts at local galleries, state parks, and KZMU Community Radio 
  • Winterlude Chamber Music Concerts at Star Hall
Musical Story Hour

In 2018, the MMF and Grand County Public Library launched a new collaborative Musical Story Hour. Four times throughout the year, the two organizations partner to read musically themed stories with live musical demonstrations by local artists for families with young children. After a successful first year, this collaboration has been renewed to include four more events in 2019. For more information, click HERE.

Education Initiative Awards

Each year, the Festival solicits project proposals from all Grand County School District music educators in an effort to support music education in the classroom. 2018 Education Initiative Award recipients and projects include:

  • Grand County High School Band - brass mutes
  • Grand County Middle School Band - new timpani set
  • Grand County Middle/High School Strings - music editing software
  • Moab Charter School - classroom set of songbooks and recorders
  • Helen M. Knight Elementary - no application
  • BEACON Moab Strings - general operating support and ongoing teacher training

The MMF is currently collecting applications from local music educators for the 2019 round of Education Initiative Awards, due October 29. Recipients and projects will be announced in January, 2019.

Summer Intern Program

Each summer the Festival selects high school students with an interest in Arts Administration or Music Performance for a three-month internship opportunity. Interns gain experience in customer service and ticketing software, marketing, musical programming for our show on KZMU Community Radio, Music Library management, and artist hospitality.

Education and Community Outreach programs are supported in-part by My Good Fund, the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, WESTAF, the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Moab Arts Council, the Moab Area Travel Council, Daynes Music, the sale of Festival program book ads, and  Moab Music Festival benefit events.