State Grant Funds YDL's Song Fest

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Ypsilanti District Library has received a competitive grant in the amount of $5,250 from the State of Michigan’s Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).  Grant funds will support YDL’s Ypsi Song Fest 2013, a popular fall festival now in its seventh year.

The Ypsi Song Fest offers free public events which focus on songwriting and self-expression.  Throughout the week, novice songwriters may talk with seasoned local songwriters in one-on-one mentoring sessions; teens may create songs in an informal and nurturing environment; and tech-lovers may learn more about home recording using the latest software in a hands-on workshop.  The Garage Stage (home to the library’s bookmobile for the remainder of the year) has given young new performers a chance to play for appreciative audiences.  Each year, a nationally recognized songwriter is selected to headline the Ypsi Song Fest.  The Fest finishes with an interview and performance by the headliner at a local Ypsilanti venue.

According to John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA, “Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature appropriated approximately $5.6 million for MCACA for arts and cultural grants.  These grants benefit the citizens of our state by supporting arts and culture as a catalyst for community revitalization and economic development, quality of life, and by supporting arts education.”  The Ypsilanti District Library appreciates this award which will allow Ypsilanti residents of all ages to enjoy world-class performers and learn more about the art of songwriting.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website.

To learn more about previous Ypsi Song Fests, visit the YSF page on YDL's website. For more information about YSF’13, call 482-4110 ext. 1301

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