Giving back to the young musicians of tomorrow, the Sag Harbor American Music Festival donated a $500 check to the Sag Harbor School District this week.
District Superintendent Dr. John Gratto said the money would go toward the purchase of a new electronic piano. The total cost of the instrument will exceed $1,000, but Dr. Gratto said the district will make up the difference in the cost.
The Sag Harbor American Music Festival held its inaugural event this past October and featured a plethora of local artists who performed in various shops throughout the village.
According to music festival organizer Kelly Connaughton, the intent from the get-go was to offer a donation to the school district for its music program as part of the fall event. However, the event didn’t generate enough funds to make a profit.
“We learned to keep it small in the first year so we could finish in the black,” Connaughton explained.
This month’s donation is a result of profits from the music festival’s participation in HarborFrost this year. By teaming up with the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce the music program was able to keep overhead low and generate a small profit for the school.
Connaughton said the goal is to keep growing from here, trying to get more local stores to participate in the second annual event this fall.
“If more businesses participate,” she added, “we’ll have a much larger donation for the school.”