Vision & Goals

Find out about the festival's mission, goals and priorities.

Mission Statement

The Collingwood Summer Music Festival’s (CSMF) vision is to make accessible the highest calibre of internationally-renowned artists presenting in the fields of classical, jazz and world music to a wide variety of audiences, from a period of one week beginning in mid-July each summer.

The Collingwood Summer Music Festival expands the musical offerings in Collingwood while enhancing the quality of its cultural life; residents and tourists do not need to travel to Parry Sound or Toronto to enjoy top-level classical or jazz music experiences. Research has shown the social, physical and cognitive benefits of hosting a music festival in its community, enhancing people’s moods and nurturing a sense of belonging.

Festival Goals

  1. Music performances to be remembered for a lifetime.
  2. Concerts of the highest caliber that are accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
  3. Quality return on investment for corporate sponsors, media partners and regional stake holders: quantitative reports, complimentary tickets and VIP admission to gala events.
  4. Music education seminars and workshops to enhance the engagement of the public and students with the arts.
  5. Digital multimedia elements to enhance the performance experience.
  6. Fun, family-friendly concerts and pre-season outreach concerts for public schools in the Simcoe County area to support the young.
  7. Emerging artists series within the Festival and a workshop module to connect developing, young artists with internationally-renowned music teachers.

Festival Priorities

The Collingwood Music Festival is inviting anyone to attend its musical events including those who may have grown up in musical households, enjoy live music events, or simply maintains a curious stance towards the performing arts. We are also prioritizing our efforts to reach youth, who often have little exposure to live music events. We strongly encourage the participation of youth (16 and under), by offering two family-friendly afternoon concerts and free admission tickets to any concert for youth. We are also committed to supporting “Rising Artists”, such as the Rolston String Quartet, on our stages.

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