Following the cancellation of Harborfest and scores of other events across the East End as the region deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, another staple event of the fall season has been canceled in Sag Harbor.
Organizers of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival, who were planning for their 10th anniversary season, announced this week that the festival would be “postponed” until 2021, the latest in a string of disappointments for lovers of live music.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of our 10th anniversary season,” board members of the festival announced in a release on July 15. “Due to the uncertainty and challenges our community faces in dealing with the COVID pandemic, we have agreed that it is best to refocus our special anniversary plans for September 23-26, 2021.”
The music festival’s mission, the board said, is to celebrate the community with free access to a variety of live music, supporting Sag Harbor as a cultural destination. Additionally, the festival provides community outreach in the form of support to local school music programs.
“Although we will postpone the music festival this year, we are in development of a new program for emerging professional musicians ages 16 to 25,” the board announced. “It is our hope to engage up-and-coming musicians by providing opportunities for exposure and development through live performance, recorded televised performance, professional studio recordings and mentorship in their chosen craft. Please stay tuned for the official announcement and audition call.”