A portion of our income from advertising and performance revenues goes to fund the Mountain Folk Scholarship (the “Program”) to promote the study, performance and preservation of American folk music. The term “American folk music” includes, but is not limited to Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cajun, country, gospel, jug band, Native American, old time, roots and traditional music. American folk music has strongly influenced jazz, and rock and roll. Folk music has also strongly influenced classical music, frequently serving as source material in compositions by Arnold, Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Bruch, Copland, Dvorak, Grainger, Haydn, Holst, Liszt, and Vaughn Williams.
The focus of the Program is to encourage the study of acoustic guitar and banjo with an emphasis upon performance of American folk music. With increased funding, we hope to expand the Program to encourage composition and arrangement of American folk music and public performance of it in solo and ensemble settings.
The home county from where The Mountain Folk Show originates is Berks County and residents of all ages who wish to study performance of American folk music on acoustic guitar or banjo shall be eligible for awards from the Program. Every application for an award shall be initiated by written recommendation of a music teacher. That teacher need not be the teacher with whom the applicant intends to study acoustic guitar or banjo. The teacher’s recommendation shall address specifically the applicant’s character, musicianship, practice habits, reason for studying the instrument, and commitment to American folk music.
Awards may be applied toward the cost of instruction on acoustic guitar or banjo with an emphasis upon performance of American folk music; an upgrade to an acoustic guitar or banjo better suited to the applicant’s level of proficiency in performance; and enrichment opportunities, such as summer music camp, master classes and ensemble experience, that feature American folk music.
Applications for awards may be submitted at any time. There shall be no application fee. RMF’s Scholarship Committee shall select recipients and determine the number and amounts of awards each year.
The recipient of an award may reapply for an additional award for the same or any other purpose within the scope of the Program.
The Mountain Folk Scholarship fund is administered by the Reading Musical Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization and any person may give a tax-deductible contribution to the Program by contacting The Reading Musical Foundation through their website or by using the mailing address and information provided below. Be sure to specify that you are donating to the Mountain Folk Scholarship fund and Program. http://www.readingmusicalfoundation.org/
Checks for the fund may be made payable to:
Reading Musical Foundation
For The Mountain Folk Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 14835
Reading, PA 19612
Thank you for helping us to educate and encourage traditional folk music students!
Thanks for joining us “on the mountain” for the Mountain Folk Show! We’re all about the music, plus hiking, skiing, biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, camping, outdoor adventure, nature, gardening, organic stuff, folk culture and more!