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October 31, 2021
To all FMSH Members and Long Island Folk Fans,
The Folk Music Society of Huntington, founded in the late 1960s, has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. Running an organization that puts on two monthly concerts, a monthly acoustic jam and an annual folk festival can be challenging under the best of circumstances, let alone during a prolonged pandemic.
Although Covid-19 has prevented us from hosting live concerts since March 2020, we have found ways to present concerts online for the entertainment and enrichment (and stress relief) of our audience and to help many talented acoustic musicians and songwriters support themselves through the many months of shutdown. We also managed to stage our annual summer Huntington Folk Festival and maintain our relationship with the Huntington Arts Council, and support other worthy events in the folk realm — including the annual “Just Wild About Harry” Chapin tribute concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow and the L.I. Fiddle and Folk Festival in East Setauket.
But the pandemic is only one of the challenges we face. Both our audience and our volunteers are getting up in years or moving away from Long Island; some of our board members have done the same, or wish to step down after years or even decades of service.
All of this means, we’ve got a place for YOU in Long Island’s premier folk and acoustic music presenting organization!
Do you have experience in running nonprofit arts organizations, or in organizing and promoting concerts and other music events, have a knack for promotion (including social media), community outreach, audience and membership building, coupled with a love of singer-songwriters, traditional or other acoustic music? If so, there may be a place on our board or in another volunteer capacity for you
Right now — and in order to resume hosting virtual concerts this fall — we are in particular need of folks who are experienced in live streaming and managing a YouTube channel, as well as website content management (WordPress) and preparation and distribution of e-blasts via Constant Contact.
If you don’t have a lot of experience but love the music, have time and would like to help out in various ways, we’d still like to talk with you about being a volunteer!
Please contact any FMSH board member or reach out to us via our website with your ideas or offers to volunteer NOW.
Board member contact information is on our website: www.FMSH.org (Click CONTACT.)
FMSH Board of Directors
Michael Kornfeld, president