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The Endless Mountain Music Festival Receives NEA Challenge America Award


Wellsboro, P.A. – The Endless Mountain Music Festival is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support a series of musical performances, free education programs, and outreach in rural and economically challenged communities in north central Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. This grant is one of 262 Challenge America awards totaling $2.62 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.


“We are so proud to be accepting a Challenge America award,” remarked Cynthia Long, Executive Director of the Endless Mountain Music Festival. “This grant is so important to our festival, as It will be used to support our invited guest artists in a series of performances and educational programs in our region, as well as help to keep live music on stage in our communities.”

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with the Endless Mountain Music Festival strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”


About the Endless Mountain Music Festival

The Endless Mountain Music Festival is a classical music festival with 17 concerts in 17 days in north central Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. The mission of the Endless Mountain Music Festival is to bring world-renowned musicians to our community of northern Pennsylvania and southern New York to enrich the cultural, economic, and educational life of the Twin Tiers region. For more information, go to endlessmountain.net.


About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. For more information, go to arts.gov.


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