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Mountain Town Music expands its commitments

To our valued community members; the good people of Summit County,

Mountain Town Music first and foremost wishes to thank everyone who participated in our annual Music Makers fundraiser, held on April 17 at The Yard. Because of your generous donations, purchases and contributions we are able to provide the citizens of Summit County with year round, world-class, musical experiences. We would also like to welcome the new members of the Mountain Town Music family and extend our gratitude that you have chosen to support our mission; to produce, foster and support live music for Summit County residents and visitors.

We are committed to presenting a diverse, musical bouillabaisse of local, regional and national acts for the benefit of our patrons throughout the year. It is in the summer months that we truly thrive as an organization. On almost any given evening during the summer you can enjoy a unique musical experience with your family and friends for free! This is the foundation of our pledge to Summit County. We program music all across the county, on main street, in the mountains, in cow pastures, on large and small stages, in living rooms, on patios, in the back of pick up-trucks, and on bridges.

Mountain Town Music is an evolving organization; we exist to benefit our community on many levels. While we remain true to our core mission to serve Summit County by providing over 200 free, accessible, and high quality musical events, we also aspire to be a community resource by working with other entities to further broaden our reach.

Most recently we worked closely with The Smithsonian Institution, The Utah Humanities Council and The Park City Museum to create a series of roots music performances and lectures to mirror and complement the Smithsonian’s New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music exhibit, showcased in The Park City Museum. In the past year, we have partnered with The Park Silly Sunday Market, The United States Ski and Snowboard Association, The Kimball Art Center, The Gallery Association and The Restaurant Association.

In addition, Mountain Town Music is committed to augmenting our educational outreach programs through internships, workshops and youth showcases. We collaborate with schools and universities through our Mountain Town Music internship program in which we provide students with valuable, hands on experience involving everything from operating sound systems to grass roots promotion. We have also focused our resources on an outreach program, which gives young people an opportunity to perform at The Snowpark Amphitheater in Deer Valley with state of the art sound equipment in front of a local audience comprised of thousands. These youngsters are then given constructive feedback on their performance from knowledgeable board members and other industry professionals so that they can blossom and improve as musical artists.

In concert with local businesses, we hope to pioneer a growing movement to make our beautiful ski town an internationally recognized live music destination. Mountain Town Music is proud to lead Park City in a musical crusade to become "The Austin of the Rockies," where recreation and live music go hand in hand in fueling our economy.

the year’s end we will have showcased over 200 shows, employed over 500 musicians, and reached over 150,000 people. We will have showcased over 40 youth bands, administered 5 internships, and collaborated with 10 other local non-profit organizations. If you would like to learn more about how you can support Mountain Town Music and become a member of please visit http://www.mountaintownmusic,org.

Musically Yours,

Brian Richards

Sofia Mileti

Morgan Vermeris

And the Board of Trustees of Mountain Town Music


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