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2017 IFG WAS AN AMAZING SUCCESS!

The 45th Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is now in the books.  We had record attendance at all the free events and the crowd on Saturday night was one of the largest in recent years.  The RV camping sold out by 3pm Thursday. In spite of a little rain on Friday morning, we had perfect weather the rest of the weekend.  Here is to a great 46th Annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering June 22, 23, 24, 2018.

IFG IS LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE!

The IFG is working hard to make sure we keep the festival relevant and successful for many years to come.  Our mission: Enriching lives by preserving traditional music through performance, education and outreach. The IFG is structured with four major committees that work in concert to build a strong organization, Performance. Education, Outreach and Fundraising.  Each has a defined purpose that will ensure the success of the organization and festival for many years to come.  

PERFORMANCE:  Continue to make the IFG one of the premier music festivals in the world.  Expand the IFG reach if through special concerts, house concerts, artists in residence, and a greater social media presence.

EDUCATION:  Expand the After School Arts Program (ASAP) to allow for multiple instruments and more students.  Develop an IFG Roots Music camp to run the week before the IFG. YouTube teaching channel.

OUTREACH:  Develop traveling IFG exhibits to tour the state.  Grow each committee by 5 volunteers.  Increase social media presence. 

FUND RAISING:  Grow memberships by 200 each year for the next five years.  Develop the "250 by 50" campaing.  $250,000.00 raised for these programs by the 50th anniversary of the IFG in June 2022.

Opportunities to help develop or volunteer will be available soon.  Please consider how you might be able to help pass the music on.

IFG CONCERT AREA IS A SMOKE-FREE ENVRONMENT!

We have had many requests to keep the concert area smoke free.  If you need to smoke, please be courteous and step outsdie the seating area. Thanks for your support. 

Volunteer for FREE TICKETS!

For the 2018 Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, we’re on the lookout for people whose work ethic is as strong as their sense of humor.  Whether you’re staffing gates, helping with camping registration and on-site information or setup and teardown. Those interested in volunteering to work the festival should contact IFG by email at info@indianafiddlersgathering.org. We need people to work gates selling tickets, camping and information booth, merchandise sales, and for clean up shifts. We also will be looking for social media specialists and help expanding our education and outreach programs in the near future.  If you’d like to help with setup or teardown or help with anything else call 765-588-1376 or email info@indianafiddlersgathering.org.   Click HERE for more information and ways to volunteer.

ASAP - After School Arts Programs

The Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering offers free beginners’ fiddle and banjo classes for students in grades 5-12 at the Wells Cultural Center in Lafayette through Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s After School Arts Program. The Fall Session runs from early October to mid December and the Spring Session runs from mid February to mid April.  Class is held once a week for eight weeks from 4pm to 5pm  and also includes one Friday night performance.

Under the direction of Howard Clark, kids can learn to play the banjo — one of the coolest instruments around — clawhammer style, from basic picking to playing by ear and jamming with others. The eight sessions will focus on bluegrass, old-time and Dixieland music.

Kids can also take a step into the fascinating world of fiddling with Julia Becker and Colin Hyden. Students will learn the basics of tuning, bowing, scales, and intonation before building up the confidence and techniques necessary to play simple fiddle tunes.

Instruments for both classes are available to borrow free of charge, for use in class and at home over the duration of the class. A loan form is required.

For more information about the classes, or to register, visit the Tippecanoe Arts Federation website. Under Programs/After School Arts Program will be descriptions of classes and forms to fill out. Contact Katie Morrison at rsd@tippecanoearts.org