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Echo of the Bluebird will help to highlight original songwriters through writer-in-the-round sessions at some of the listening room venues that are associated with Mid West Music Fest. MWMF has always been about focusing on new, up-and-coming artists who are creating original music. We aim to nurture this process, first through these songwriter sessions, and in the future further highlighting the importance of original work by regional artists and planning for ways to help artists sustain their work.
Mental Health Initiative: We are in the beginning stages of an initiative to help shine a light on and support mental health for musicians. We are partnering with Sarah Johnson of the YMCA to help coordinate activities during the festival weekends in support of artists and their mental health and self-care. We will also work with other regional organizations that are supporting musicians on mental health issues.
Teen Press: A student media effort that was inspired by a documentary that was featured at Frozen River Film Festival. We have worked for the past three years with Cotter High School and Riverway Learning Community in Winona to connect students to musicians for one-of-a-kind interviews. We also plan to add school partners in the La Crosse school district in 2019/2020. Check out an interview here!
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