Atlantic Music Festival 2020 COVID-19 Update

The Atlantic Music Festival began just as the financial crisis of 2008 had devastated the world. We came under the banner of Leonard Bernstein's quote, "this will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before," providing healing through music and offering all of our concerts free of charge.

Our ability to face challenging times is part of our DNA. We remain committed to our mission of serving the community through the gift of music and by creating a place where musicians from all over the world can harness their full artistic potential in a supportive and idyllic setting.

We are closely monitoring the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This page serves as a central source of information on the status of our concerts and programs.

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Information for Participants

Q. Is the festival happening?

Yes, it is. We will continue to monitor the development of the outbreak and inform all participants in the event of cancelations due to mandates by the government, Colby College, or through our assessment of health and safety risks.

Q. What happens if the 2020 festival gets canceled due to the virus?

All participants will have options to receive refunds or to postpone their participation and enroll in our 2021 season.

Q. What happens if the festival does not get canceled, but I am unable to attend due to Coronavirus?

If you are unable to attend due to government-mandated travel restrictions from your country, you will be able to apply your tuition credit towards enrollment in our 2021 season.

Q. I am unable to attend due to the Coronavirus. Can I reapply next year?

Yes. To facilitate applicants who were affected by the Coronavirus, all applicants to our 2020 season will be able to resubmit their application without charge to our 2021 season regardless of the outcome.

Q. What is the festival doing to ensure the safety of its participants?

Your health and safety is our top priority. In addition to the festival's precautionary measures and staff training, we require our participants to go through health screening and provide a form completed by health professionals before their arrival on-campus. We are also subject to Colby College's comprehensive COVID-19 response plans. Information is available at http://www.colby.edu/healthandcounseling/coronavirus/

Information for Concertgoers

Q. Is the festival happening?

Yes, it is. We are closely monitoring the development of the outbreak and will post updates on this page.

Q. What is the festival doing to ensure the safety of its participants?

Your health and safety is our top priority. In addition to the festival's precautionary measures and staff training, we require our participants to go through health screening and provide a form completed by health professionals before their arrival on-campus. We are also subject to Colby College's comprehensive COVID-19 response plans. Information is available at http://www.colby.edu/healthandcounseling/coronavirus/

Q. Are the concerts still free?

Yes. We remain committed to keeping all of our concerts free of charge as a gift to the community. It hasn't changed since our founding in 2009 and won't change as long as the festival is happening this year.

Q. Where can I find a concert calendar?

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we expect to post our concert calendar later than usual. Please check back with us in May for the latest information.

Q. What can I do to help?

Tell your friends about our concerts, donate to us, or enjoy any one of our free concerts.

Transformative Summer Experience

Atlantic Music Festival continues to be one of the most inspiring summer music festivals in the nation

AMF Institute provides a transformative musical experience for musicians from all around the world. Each year, the festival committee invites over two hundred musicians specializing in composition, conducting, orchestral instruments, piano, and voice, based on their talent and potential to make a difference in this world.

Make An Impact

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
– Leonard Bernstein

From its inception, the festival not only drew extraordinary talent but attracted musicians with the vision to empower the world through their music. For the last decade, I AM Four Years Old campaign served as a public reaffirmation of this effort. Join us this summer as we once again posit the question of what it means to serve our community.