Our Nonprofit Mission

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the mission of Old Settler’s Music Festival Inc. is to bring a legacy of American roots music to a new age of listeners while preserving the music and a strong culture of family, friends, and a sense of community.

We support this mission through programs such as our Youth Talent Competition. This program helps to develop a new generation of American roots artists by providing professional evaluation, offering performance opportunities, and presenting cash awards. In 2002, our first Youth Competition winner was Grammy Award winner, Sarah Jarosz. And in 2018, Sarah Grace and the Soul won the competition and went on to become a semi-finalist on season 15 of The Voice.

We work to support the art of music, to build an appreciation and understanding of the art, and to inspire new generations. We’ve presented musical workshops during the festival, bringing professional and amateur musicians together in an educational setting that stimulates creativity, while providing a wellspring of musical knowledge. We’ve provided music-related collegiate scholarships supporting the hopes and dreams of our future artists, and helped school-aged children realize their dreams by supporting programs such as Kids in a New Groove.

We strive to work with other like-minded nonprofits in support of musicians and the industry as a whole.