The annual, ten-day Siletz Bay Music Festival (SBMF) is thriving, thanks in part to decisions by organizers that took plenty of guts and foresight. Faced with rising production costs and an audience uncertain about returning to live events because of COVID-19, the folks behind the 2022 version of the festival not only chose to maintain SBMF’s famously affordable ticket prices, they added reduced pricing for students as well. At the same time, they broadened the scope of the event’s programming, which has historically featured classical music and jazz, to include Latin jazz and Native American elements.

Their commitment to ensuring SBMF’s accessibility paid off: More students showed up, along with their families. Paid attendance for all concerts increased, too. People packed a local church for the traditional free Tuesday show. The first ever free concert in Regatta for kids and families was a huge success, with a brass quintet and narration in both English and Spanish telling the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

Founded in 2011 and based in rural Lincoln City, SBMF brings diverse musicians from all over the world to the region, amplifies the works of Native American musicians and gives back to the community in a variety of ways, including by providing educational opportunities for area high school students. One of SBMF Board President Jain Sekuler’s fondest memories, in fact, is of a local high school music student who became involved in the production of the festival and, as a result, was exposed to working musicians who saw her potential and generously lent her their time and expertise. Inspired by this experience, the student pursued music education in college, went on to earn her master’s degree and is now a high school music teacher.

This one student’s story encapsulates the purpose of SBMF: To bring incredible music to the Oregon Coast, to make it accessible, and to uplift the community.

The Roundhouse Foundation is proud to have helped bring Siletz Bay Music Festival’s mission to life, supporting their dedication to arts, education, and community.

Published On: March 26th, 2024 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Foundation Highlights, Grant News /