Mid West Music Festival
The mission of the MWMF is to promote music and art in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members, and children.
Artist Relief Fund
The Artist Relief Fund is a fundraiser to support artists impacted by COVID-19. 100% of funds donated go directly to artists/creatives in the La Crosse, Vernon, and Winona Counties who have been financially impacted by event/gig cancellations, the inability to sell their work, book shows, or lost revenue from other employment being eliminated due to COVID-19. We will try to help as many artists in these counties as we can.
We will be giving out funds to artists in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have donated!
MWMF At Home Videos
July 17 — Loud Mouth Brass, Band in the Street
August 4 | August 25 — Songs of Summer Winners Performances (See details below)
Songs of Summer: Online Original Performance Contest
Submissions will be taken over (2) two week periods for 2 rounds of Songs of Summer, an online original performance contest. First submission period is July 8 to July 20. Artists will submit videos in one of three categories: solo/singer-songwriter, band, or 18 and under (solo or band). Our music committee will narrow the entries down to 5 performances to be judged by the larger audience of followers of MWMF. A winner will be chosen for each category for each round and the winners will perform a Live Streamed set on either August 4 or August 25.
We encourage artists who have never played MWMF before (w/ the exception of the 18 under category) to apply. We want to continue to introduce new artists making original music to our MWMF audience and also the greater public.
We also highly encourage BIPOC and LGBTQ artists to apply. A core value of MWMF is to Respect the dignity of every person, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation or social status
Part of our Echo of the Bluebird initiative, which helps to highlight original songwriters. MWMF has always been about focusing on new, up-and-coming artists who are creating original music.
We recently completed a campaign to SAVE MID WEST MUSIC FEST. To make it to the other side of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the in-person fest in 2020, Mid West Music Festival raised over $20,000 in six weeks!
Mid West Music Fest is in its 11th year of operation. Through its 501c3 non-profit, almost $500,000 has been directed toward up-and-coming local, regional, and national musicians over the past decade. Through a two-year study in conjunction with Winona State University Economics Department, it was estimated that over 2 million dollars have been directed into the local economies of Winona and La Crosse through attendees of the annual fest.