August 23, 24 & 25, 2019 ~ Presented by the Friends of the Porkies

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Friends of the Porkies receive grant funding from MCACA

By Cheryl Sundberg, Festival Director

The Friends of the Porkies have been awarded a grant of $22,500 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 15th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival to be held August 23 – 25, 2019. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project includes festival sponsors and program guide advertisers, along with private donations. The music festival also receives significant volunteer support from the community. A small core group of individuals volunteer year-round in the planning stages, and throughout the 3 day event–over one hundred volunteers are utilized.

The music festival audience is made up of tourists and local residents, individuals and families with children. Attendees provide a much needed economic benefit to area businesses and lodging facilities and campgrounds are filled to capacity. The festival spotlights national and regional performers who otherwise would not have an opportunity to perform in Ontonagon County, and young musicians are nurtured and have the opportunity of playing for their first “real audience” when scheduled for a slot on the acoustic busking barn stage, and last year saw the addition of a third indoor stage, the Chalet Stage. Offering a wide variety of musical styles, the festival has broadened the musical horizons of its attendees. Many who attend for the first time are impressed with the beauty of the area and plan to return, and many long-time attendees are extended their stays or have.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website,