The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar will welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, where the music of our mountains is preserved, interpreted, and celebrated. Cultural preservation is a core element of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s mission, and we advance that goal by supporting projects and programs at the Music Center at milepost 213 in Virginia.
However, concert ticket sales, memberships, grants, and sponsorships do not cover the costs of all the dynamic programs offered spring through fall. That's why we need your help. With a donation, you can ensure that the music of the mountains comes to life for thousands of visitors each year and a piece of the region's cultural heritage remains alive.
Projects at the Music Center that need your support are:
Music Programming ($70,000 needed)
You can ensure that the shows and programs go on at the Music Center. Generous support from individuals, sponsors, and foundations is vital to providing dynamic experiences, from the Deep Roots, Many Voices interview series focused on diversity and inclusion in American roots music to the signature summer performances from the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers, Rissi Palmer, Kruger Brothers, Dori Freeman, and many more.
Milepost Music ($20,000 needed)
With your help, the new Milepost Music sessions on summer Sunday afternoons will share mountain music with a wider audience of Parkway visitors. Akin to the down-home Midday Mountain Music presentations at the Music Center, this free series of intimate outdoor concerts will showcase local musicians playing traditional music at Humpback Rocks, Peaks of Otter, Roanoke Mountain Campground, Mabry Mill, and Doughton Park.
Partner Ranger ($15,000 needed)
Your gift to support this position assists our National Park Service partner in providing educational programming at the Roots of American Music Museum and Parkway information at the Visitor Center. The partner ranger will also launch and oversee the Milepost Music series.
Lighting System ($20,000 needed)
Light up the stage with your generosity! Last year, a lightning strike damaged the amphitheater’s lighting console and processing unit. In addition to illuminating a stellar slate of talented performers, the new system will pave the way toward replacing old fashioned, high wattage bulbs with low-voltage LED bulbs that will be more energy efficient and better for the environment.
Learn more about the Blue Ridge Music Center.
The Gift of Music
Help ensure the music plays on in the mountains.