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Mission Statement

AthFest Educates advances high-quality music and arts education for local youth and the Athens community through direct support of school and community-based programs and events, including an annual music and arts festival.

AthFest Educates and its Impact

AthFest Educates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and advance music and arts education for the young people in Athens-Clarke County. In order to fulfill its mission, AthFest Educates produces two annual fundraisers, the AthFest Music & Arts Festival and the AthHalf Half Marathon & 5K. The proceeds from these two events fund the organization’s annual grant-making efforts. Awards are issued in September of each academic year.

To date, AthFest has issued over $620,000 in grants throughout the Athens community and all fourteen Clarke County School District elementary schools, its four middle schools, and two high schools have been recipients of AthFest Educates grants.

AthFest Educates and its Board of Directors have identified its three funding priorities as:

  1. music and arts non-consumable equipment
  2. music and arts programs and experiences
  3. art-based and music-based professional development for educators and/or youth development specialist

Click on the Grants tab to see who we funded and learn more about the amazing experiences being made possible for young people by the educators in our community and AthFest Educates.

Current Grantees