Keeping Traditions Alive w/ Handmade Music School

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Handmade Music School

Supporting Handmade Music School helps cultivate & strengthen community through local traditions!


raised by 22 people

$5,000 goal

On October 11, 2022, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn came to Floyd to perform for their second time at The Floyd Country Store. When Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn come to town, it’s a gift to the Floyd community. This time around, they spent some time with The Handmade Music School community. It was a special moment for all involved and captured the spirit of how keeping traditions alive builds and strengthens community.

Back in March 2022, we received another special gift from Béla when he and the Newport Festival Foundation donated to The Handmade Music School. This donation was in conjunction with his 2022 performance at The Newport Folk Festival. The funds from this donation–and every other donation we receive–goes to support scholarships for students at Handmade Music School. In addition, funding will support other important programs like Music of Our Mountains, Handmade at Home and overhead costs such as staffing and equipment.

 This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to "Be Like Béla". Make a donation to Handmade Music School to help us achieve our mission of building and strengthening community through  old-time, bluegrass, and traditional music and dance in Floyd, Virginia and beyond.

Want to hear more from Béla and Abigail? Subscribe to watch the whole interview on FloydCountryStore.TV!

Choose a project to contribute towards: 

Our Share The Music student scholarship fund makes our programming available to everyone, including area youth, families and the greater community. In particular, Share The Music ensures that families who cannot afford lessons, workshops or camps can get access to traditional music and dance experiences that help strengthen the individual and the community. Your donations make a REAL difference to our students!
Click HERE to learn more.

Floyd Country Store TV is produced by The Handmade Music School and is designed to reach our community around the world through the high quality presentation of live performances, archival performances, field recordings, documentaries and educational resources. The Floyd Country Store TV platform is an innovative approach to connecting our community no matter where they are around the globe.
Learn more about Floyd Country Store TV HERE.

The Music of Our Mountains (MOOM) project will tell the unique and, until now obscure, story of Floyd’s role in the legend of American roots music, dance, and culture with expertly-woven storytelling, archival resources, and the shoots and branches of a new generation carrying our traditions forward.  This engaging, comprehensive resource will expand our understanding of contributions to our traditions from women and minorities, while providing unparalleled accessibility, engagement, and connection between Floyd’s musical and cultural heritage and the world -- at a time when we are starved for connection to community. Check out Music of Our Mountains HERE.

The Handmade Music School exists thanks to the generosity of people like you. Your donation towards our General Operating expenses will support programming and outreach to help us cultivate and strengthen community through music, dance, art, food experiences rooted in Appalachian traditions. Our General Operating needs include staffing, rent, equipment, marketing, and professional services.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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