Thank you! See you in 2023!






  Dear Festival Community,

We are all living together in this strange time where perpetual postponements and cancellations seem inevitable. We were delighted to safely host our micro-festival in 2021, for a 1/2 size attendance. We are at this point planning to return with the full size festival for July 28th-31st 2022. This means that attendance will be at 2019 levels, and our full activities schedule, including barn dances, children’s activities, vendors, and more, will return.

Please note, as always, that everything is subject to change, and that anyone attending this event assumes the risks that are associated with mass gatherings (as well as the rewards!) We will do everything in our power, as we have in the past, to create a safe and festive event, and will make our decisions on how to address Covid-19 and issues such as capacity, safety, etc. based on state and CDC guidelines as they exist at the time of the event in July.

 At this point, we are requiring vaccination for STRING CAMP ONLY (Because campers are often over the age of 50, some classes are indoors, and distancing is not possible in the classrooms). 

Festival attendees will not be required to provide vaccination status. Records from polling at our microfestival last year, and from the state of Maine in general, show extremely high rates of vaccination. All activities at the festival are 100% outdoors, and there is space enough so that those who want to can remain at a distance from others. While we do not require masks, we encourage everyone to do what is best for their heath.

We hope to see you this summer!


With love,



The best way to support Ossipee artists is to go to our lineup page and click on the individual artist pages. You can follow the artist pages to their personal websites, where you can find more information about merch, CDs/LPS/downloads, lessons, and anything else they are doing.

General resources for donors to the arts and for artists in need: 

Sign up for virtual lessons with artists at Peghead Nation or ArtistWorks

No-Depression list of how to help roots music artists CLICK HERE

The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click HERE

Maine Arts Commission–Working with Creative Portland for a Portland Maine Artist relief fund, General grants program HERE

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 funds HERE

Billboard Magazine Coronavirus Resource Guide Click HERE

NPR  A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis Click HERE

A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown Click HERE

           Resources for Musicians

  • – Connect music industry professionals with a trusted network of mental health and wellness providers
  • CERF+ – Provides a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers through education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.
  • Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund – Offers financial assistance to those in the country music industry during their time of need.
  • IBMA Trust Fund  Offers financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need.
  • MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund – Provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
  • Music Health Alliance – Provides access to healthcare through services that protect, direct, and connect music professionals with medical and financial solutions.
  • NC Artist Relief Fund  Supports creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • PEARFund – The Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund aims to assist musicians in the Boston community who are in dire need of financial aid due to COVID-19.
  • Porter’s Call – Provides a service of counsel support and encouragement exclusively for recording artists and their families.
  • Sound Healthcare & Financial – Provides insurance solutions and advocacy for the creative community

IBMA Resource List for Musicians click HERE 

Springboard for the Arts Grants of $500 for cancelled gigs, click HERE

New York Foundation for the Arts grants click HERE 

Resources for Funders

  • Are you a funder? Here are 7 ways you can support your arts and culture community.

Relief Funds and Financial Assistance

  • The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, printmakers and sculptors
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.
  • ArtsFund created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund for arts organizations.
  • Artwork Archives has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists.
  • Boston establishes an artist relief fund.
  • EqualSound launches relief fund supporting musicians who have lost gigs due to the pendemic.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a relief fund for artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
  • Frederick Arts Council (Maryland) launched a GoFundMe campaign for relief funding.
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, OH) announced a relief grant for artists.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pennsylvania) launches a relief fund for artists in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
  • Ijeoma Oluo has started a GoFundMe campaign to support artists in Seattle affected.
  • Max’s Kansas City Project has emergency grants for New Yorkers in the creative arts
  • Mellon Foundation Joins Consortium Supporting Small and Mid-size Arts Organizations through $75-million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
  • Michigan Music Alliance’s Michigan Artist Relief Fund (in collaboration with Walk the Beat–a music nonprofit regularly raising funds to get musical instruments in kids’ hands)
  • Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications.
  • NC Artist Fund Relief Fund: a collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, United Arts Council and VAE Raleigh
  • New York Foundation on the Arts launches relief fund resource page for several disciplines and geographic focus.
  • Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund (Portland, OR) organized by Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan, and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford.
  • Rauschenberg announced an Medical Emergency grant program for artists.
  • San Francisco Foundation (San Francisco, CA) released emergency fund for organizations.
  • Spokane Arts launched a relief fund for individual artists
  • Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds.
  • Theatre Bay Area has set up the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund.
  • WomenArts has a fund roundup on their website

American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund 

The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.

Telephone: (212) 869-1330 ext. 224

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need. Through March 31, due to the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on their members, the AGMA Relief Fund will temporarily double the cap of financial assistance available to AGMA members in need.

Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780

Email: East Coast:; Midwest:; West Coast:

Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts

The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.

Telephone: (212) 986-6094

Blues Foundation HART Fund

The Blues Foundation has established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10


Jazz Foundation of America 

The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more. 

Telephone: (212) 245-3999


Music Maker Relief Foundation

The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less. 

Telephone: (919) 643-2456


MusiCares Foundation 

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.

Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962


Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund

The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) administered by the Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP). A New York State licensed social worker provides confidential social services to members and their families. It is funded by the Musicians’ ERF and administered by the Actors Fund. 

Musicians Foundation 

The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.

Telephone: (212) 239-9137 


Rhythm and Blues Foundation 

The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.

Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208


Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.

Telephone: (888) 955-7880


 Contact Information for Roots & Bluegrass Musicians wanting to learn how to teach online classes:  

* Nate Lee has offered to help people get started with online teaching. Feel free to contact him at 469-383-4840 or

** Mike Mitchell has also offered to help people get started with online teaching. Feel free to contact him at 540-267-6069 or

*** The Jazz Education Network has created two webinars for getting started with online teaching.

Healthcare Resources:

An increasing amount of healthcare providers are offering testing, screening, and televisits at a discounted or waived fee. Here are official statements (with links to more information ) from some of the top healthcare providers in the United States (as of 3/20/20).

  • Aetna will waive co-pays for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
  • Anthem’s affiliated health plans waive member costs for COVID-19 testing, while supporting telehealth and 90-day maintenance medication supply.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced that its network of 36 independent and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies will waive prior authorizations and increase coverage for COVID-19.
  • Centene intends to cover COVID-19 testing and screening services for Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace members and is waiving all associated member cost share amounts for COVID-19 testing and screening.
  • Cigna will waive all co-pays and cost-shares for COVID-19 testing as recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) – “Effective immediately, we won’t require prior authorization and won’t apply member co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically necessary and consistent with Centers for Disease Control guidance. This applies to all members we insure.”
  • Humana – “Testing for COVID-19 will be fully covered with no out-of-pocket costs for patients who meet CDC guidelines at approved laboratory locations. This applies to members of Humana’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial employer-sponsored plans. The CDC continues to offer free testing for coronavirus.”
  • Kaiser Permanente will not charge member cost-sharing (including, but not limited to, copays, deductibles, and coinsurance) for all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19.
  • UnitedHealthcare has waived all diagnostic test cost-sharing for insured members. 

Links for Ossipee Valley String Camp Instructors offering online classes.