Maritime Folknet Programs:

Maritime Music This Week

A list of events emailed to over 320 people. Frequency: 2 or 3 times monthly. Location: About a third of the events, are in King County, the rest are throughout the Northwest. Cost: Free

Musicians on the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park in Seattle

Frequency: Three afternoons per month from June through September on weekends and ‘Free First Thursdays’ when MOHAI has free admission. (12 events per year). Audience: about 500 people per day, 6000 total. Admission: Free

Music at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival on the Historic Ships WharfHistoric Ships Wharf

Maritime Folknet puts up part of the funds to pay musicians to supplement the Center for Wooden Boats’ reduced budget. Frequency: 3 to 5 days annually in July. Audience: about 10,000. Admission: Free

Music at Family Fun Day & Classic Workboat Show at the Historic Ships Wharf

Maritime Folknet puts up part of the funds to pay musicians at these events put on by Northwest Seaport. Frequency: Annually, May and October. Audience: about 500 at each event, 1000 total. Admission: Free

Greet the Season at Lake Union ParkGreet the Season

Maritime Folknet books local performers and youth choirs to perform aboard the historic steamer Virginia V, and organizes crafts for children and adults. Frequency: Annually in late November. Audience: about 1,000. Admission: Free

Songs of the Northwest Workshops

With free lyric and history sheets for about 50 songs
Frequency: 3 times a year. Locations: Rainycamp (Seattle Folklore Society) near Seattle, January. Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, May. Tumbleweed Music Festival, Richland, September. Audience: About 100 total. Admission: Free

Workshops – Maritime Music for Pay

Training musicians to take the step to performing professionally
Covers stagecraft. song choice, stage presence, sound systems, booking, etc. Frequency: 2 times a year. Location: Dusty Strings Music School in Fremont (Seattle). Number of people: 10 to 20 per workshop. Admission: Free.

Panel Concerts at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle

Frequency: Annually in May. Audience: 60. Admission: Free

Selling CDs at the Maritime Showcase at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Maritime Folknet sets up a table and sells CDs for the maritime performers at no charge to them. We sell CDs to about 70 people on behalf of about 10 music acts. Between 150 – 300 people are in attendance. Frequency: Annually in May.

Music CDs: Northwest Tugboat Tales, Tales from the Bar, Making the Cut

Maritime Folknet has produced three compilation CDs of Northwest songs from maritime acts and songwriters. The songs relate to Northwest maritime history and the current maritime industry. “Making the Cut” arose from a contest to reflect on the Centennnary of the Ballard Locks and digging the Lake Washington Ship Canal – winning songs were recorded professionally by a local recording studio. As of 2016 we had distributed about 1,350 copies.

Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival

Frequency: Annually in August. Duration: 5 hours. Location: Port Gamble. Audience: about 300. The only West Coast festival devoted solely to maritime music. Admission: Free

Robert Kotta Memorial Songwriting Contest

Encourages new maritime songs from Northwest songwriters. Extra credit for songs that celebrate today’s Northwest maritime industry. Winners get cash prizes. Location: Open to anyone. Winners may perform at the Port Gamble festival. Contest entry: Free.