a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


In 2010 we started The Hootenany - leading into our 10th year of Hooting, including 5 years of fundraising for HMS music programs, we realized the need for managing annual funds raised, adding elements such as online and remote donations (as well as allowing for donations to be tax-deductible), and expanding opportunities to support local youth music & musicians in new, unique ways. So, in 2019, we formed RIVER CITY MUSIC & ARTS EDUCATION FOUNDATION - a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.

We've set an annual goal of raising $10,000 for Hastings Middle School Music Programs, as well as funding 2 Hastings High School scholarships: “The Hootenany Living Music Scholarships” - for graduates who plan to pursue music performance and/or education post-high school. In addition, we are preparing to create, facilitate, and sponsor a middle school “live rock band club."

Though the downtown Hootenany lasts just one evening, the community of living music is active all Hoot-year-round! Thanks for supporting local youth music & education - this makes a real, direct difference in the lives of young musicians, as well as supports the community of Hastings and its local businesses, bands, musicians, and fans of live music!

You can donate anytime online, via PayPal at TheHootenany.com or RCMAEFoundation.org

You can also donate on Facebook via RCMAE Foundation Facebook page. As a registered charity, you can even create your own fund raiser for The Hootenany via River City Music & Arts Foundation using Facebook! Doing good should be a celebration!

River City Music & Arts Education Foundation was founded by local educators & musicians in the Twin Cities and Hastings area - to support youth music & arts education, through fundraising organization, facilitation, and distribution - including for the annual Hastings Hootenany and other Hoot events through-out the Hoot-year (May 1st - April 30th)Hoot on!

You can support the efforts of RCMAE Foundation & The HOOTENANY in many meaningful ways: first & foremost by attending HOOT events, enjoying yourself, and supporting the venues & musicians. You can donate directly at any of these Hoot events and/or donate online! As a musician, you can get involved with the annual downtown Hootenany!


executive director:


licensed teacher & musician



licensed teacher & administrator

professional musician

licensed teacher & musician


board of directors:

Dr. Meg Cavalier

Andrew Gathright

Bert Casperson


© 2019 The Hootenany

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