A sneaky peek at what’s on this year – and a huge thank you…

First of all, a very BIG thank you to all our sponsors. 
Yes, I know we’ve said it before, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still mean it..!

The DMF Committee would just like to say a huge thank youto all those who have so generously supported and sponsored the Festival in the past. 
Perhaps people may not realise that even though the music all over town is free, running the Dart Music Festival isn’t! All the musicians, along with all the other expenses, must be paid – so we know that without our sponsors we simply could not put on the event, and now that the DMF Team is gearing up to organise this year’s Festival it seems like a good opportunity to let people know how grateful we are for their continued help and support.
Although we do our best, working hard with fund raising events throughout the year to raise the £55,000+ needed to hold the Festival, there is only so much the small DMF band of volunteers can achieve – which is why our sponsors are so important to us and why we so appreciate their help.
It’s fair to say that the Festival really couldn’t happen without their generosity and any donation – large or small – really does help, so we do realise how lucky we are to have such brilliant support from all our valued sponsors to ensure that we can go ahead with the Festival again. Yes, we are seventeen this year, and we know that we couldn’t do it without you..!
There are, of course, many tempting benefits of being a Music Festival Sponsor: the invitations to the sponsors’ parties; the listing on the DMF website – and links for our Gold and Platinum sponsors – and also in the programme for donations over £50; logos in the DMF programme and banners in the Royal Avenue Gardens for our Platinum sponsors; the business window certificates; the free programmes etc. etc. – not to mention the badges!

N.B. The deadline for programme inclusion this year is 14th February 2014.
 Info: Di Lyon 01803 833943

But probably the greatest benefit of all as a sponsor must be the feel-good factor – to be able to look around at all the happy people enjoying the artists enjoying what they love to do – which is to play their music for the people – and realise that you helped to make it all possible…
Photo by Joe Murtagh 2013 – Mad Dog Mcrea
Just to whet your appetites for this year’s Festival, I can tell you that we already have some fantastic artists booked, including Martha Tilston, Marcus Bonfanti, The Dirty Aces with Giles Robson, Vocal Works Gospel Choir, Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra, Company B, Christian Garrick Quartet, Jo Harman, Winter Mountain, and last but definitely not least Oscar winning film music composer Stephen Warbeck  – to name but a few.
In addition to these great acts we also have plans for several workshops, so that people can enjoy and experience Taiko drumming, a loop machine with Ash Mandrake, singing workshops with Vicky Hadland, African drumming with Denis Kigongo, hopefully a Ukulele workshop – and you can even create your own scratch band with Wren Music!
Look out for further details on our website and blog in due course.
www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk 16th, 17th & 18thMay 2014