Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts

DEFFA is a non-profit membership organization whose goal is to nurture and promote the living traditions of folk music and dance in Maine.

AFTMD is delighted to be part of DEFFA’s annual scholarship offering. This scholarship supports one Maine-based DEFFA member in attending a summer camp/festival of their choosing, and is valued at $350. We are happy to partner with DEFFA so that a DEFFA scholarship recipient who chooses to attend AFTMD will receive the rest of their tuition costs from our own scholarship fund, resulting in a scholarship for full tuition.

DEFFA’s scholarship form can be found here. Their applications close on May 30 – however our own scholarship applications close on January 31, so anyone hoping to choose AFTMD as their program must apply by January 31.

Maine Celtic Celebration

The Maine Celtic Celebration is a family-oriented weekend celebrating the rich Celtic heritage, culture, and hospitality found along the Coast of Maine.  The 2024 Celebration, held July 19-21, 2024, will be their 18th Annual event!  They are an all-volunteer group of community members and they look forward to welcoming you to their celebration!

Cultural Alliance of Maine

March 8 – 15 is Cultural Heritage Week in Maine, and we’re partnering with Cultural Alliance of Maine on the annual celebration of Maine’s libraries, writers, culture bearers, arts organizations, historical societies, historic preservationists, artists, storytellers, and more! Visit to learn more and take part!

Concord Community Music School

The Concord Community Music School (Concord, NH) was founded in 1984 and celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 1984. Our mission is to provide the widest array of music education, performance, and engagement opportunities to people of all ages, and to ensure that everyone can access these opportunities regardless of financial ability, ethnic or cultural heritage, age, physical ability, or other barriers to learning and enjoying music. Programs take place at the School itself and throughout Central New Hampshire. Financial aid is available.

Upper Valley Music Centre

Founded in 1995, the Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC) is a nonprofit community music school located in Lebanon, NH, with a mission to provide and promote the best in music education and ensemble opportunities to residents of the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. More than 1,500 students of all ages and ability levels enroll in lessons, group classes, ensembles, and workshops year round. Students and faculty give more than 70 concerts each year across the Upper Valley in concert halls, libraries, farmers markets, senior centers, and schools. Music education at UVMC is more than just notes and rhythms: programs emphasize community, collaboration, excellence, relationships, and character at all levels of learning.

Vermont Folklife

Vermont Folklife builds programs around community concerns and our partners’ expertise. We root our work with educators, students, traditional artists and musicians, researchers, and non-profit professionals in the process of collaborative ethnographic inquiry, seeking to understand experience from the perspective of the people to whom an experience belongs.

In particular, AFTMD partners with Young Tradition Vermont and the Fiddleheads program.  These programs use traditional music and dance to ensure young people have opportunities to be inspired and inspiring, to learn and teach, to perform, and to serve the communities they live in and visit.  Learn more about these programs and many others on their website.

The Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is governed by Friends of the Acadia Trad Festival, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Maine nonprofit corporation. Website art by Anabelle Keimach and Annelise Papinsick.