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Petaluma Music Festival to Donate Over $30,000 to Petaluma Public School Music Programs

October 12, 2011

Petaluma Music Festival to Donate Over $30,000 to Petaluma Public School Music Programs

The 2011 Petaluma Music Festival, which took place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on August 6, successfully raised over $30,000 of much-needed funds for Petaluma area public school music programs.  “The weather was perfect, the attendance of over 3,000 was amazing, and the bands, including The Devil Makes Three, The Mother Hips, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, were fantastic,” said Cliff Eveland, Executive Director of the Festival.  “The event was a huge success, and everyone I spoke with said they had a great time and enjoyed the diversity of our music lineup.”

“We want to humbly thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, attendees, bands, and vendors for helping make this year’s Petaluma Music Festival possible.  Your support made the event a tremendous success and will go a long way toward keeping music in the schools.”  In addition to revenue generated by the Festival, organizers are especially pleased that every dollar donated to the festival through sponsorship will be donated to the schools.

In December, the Petaluma Music Festival will make donation presentations at local public school Winter Concerts.  The following schools will receive substantial donations to their music programs: Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma Junior High School, Meadow Elementary School, Corona Creek Elementary School, Old Adobe Elementary School, Sonoma Mountain Elementary School, Miwok Valley Elementary School, La Tercera Elementary School, Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley, McNear Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, Valley Vista Elementary School, Penngrove Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, McDowell Elementary School, Two Rock Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Dunham Elementary School, Cinnabar Elementary School, Live Oak Charter School, and River Montessori Charter School.

The Festival’s profits increased remarkably over last year despite the poor economy, and organizers expect to increase donations to the schools each year as the festival becomes more popular.  “Our community has a history of supporting music in the schools, so we know we have a strong base of music fans and education supporters who will put this event on their calendars year after year,” said Mark Mooney, President of the Festival.  “Look for the 5th Annual Petaluma Music Festival on August 4th, 2012 to be even better!”

The Petaluma Music Festival is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to keep music in our Petaluma public schools  The Board of Directors of the Petaluma Music Festival believe passionately in the positive influence of music in all children’s lives, and want to ensure public school music programs have a consistent and lasting funding source.  The Petaluma Music Festival strives to promote music education and youth participation in music activities in the greater Petaluma area, and to supplement and augment the services of our local public schools.  For more information about the Petaluma Music Festival, please visit

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