ACFM Kick-off concert at Spirit of Beacon Day 2015

Why an American Center for Folk Music?

  • American folk music has never been the focus of an institution dedicated to celebrating it on a professional, permanent basis.
     
  • The Center therefore offers a singular and groundbreaking opportunity to celebrate Folk Music alongside existing American centers for rock and roll, country, bluegrass, jazz, and blues.
     
  • As the longtime home of legendary folk pioneer Pete Seeger, Beacon New York is a natural choice for the Center. Siting the ACFM in Beacon honors Pete’s teaching that the power of song can change the world and bring us together.
     
  • The Center promotes and supports the burgeoning Hudson Valley art scene, contributes to the area’s economic revitalization, and to the life of the Hudson Valley’s many creative communities.