About us

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. The 29th festival season runs from March 29th through April 14th, 2018.

“…surely the broadest palette of any comparable festival in the world, ranging from country to folk to jazz to chamber… This can be a place to immerse yourself for a few days, with breaks to enjoy the glories of Savannah in peak azalea season.”
– Classical Voice North America

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Program History

Browse a directory of who’s performed at the Savannah Music Festival since 2003.
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In the Media

Curious to find out what national and international media had to say about the Savannah Music Festival?
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Volunteer

Each year, the Savannah Music Festival engages more than 300 supporters throughout our community to assist as volunteers.
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Quick facts

  • Established in 1989
  • A 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization
  • The annual 17-day springtime festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event, featuring more than 100 productions
  • Brings 500 of the world’s finest musical artists to Savannah annually
  • In 2016, attendees came from 49 states and 14 countries
  • More than 40% of SMF’s audience is made up of patrons from out-of-town
  • Media coverage includes: The Times (London), The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), The Wall Street Journal, Toronto Star (Canada), Le Monde (France), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) and Gramophone (UK)
  • Employs eleven staff members and expands workforce by 80+ contracted workers and hundreds of local volunteers leading up to and during the festival

SMF’s Musical Explorers

  • Year-round music education program for students in grades K-2, available cost-free to teachers in Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Bryan (GA) and Beaufort (SC) counties
  • Free classroom resources and professional development workshops for all participating teachers
  • Semester-end concerts featuring professional musicians in genres important to the Southeastern United States

SMF’s Swing Central Jazz (SCJ) and the Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) provide unique mentorship opportunities to aspiring young musicians in jazz and acoustic music.

Financial Statistics

  • SMF’s annual budget: $3.6 million
  • Annual revenue from ticket sales: $1.5 million
  • Average amount SMF raises each year to sustain programs: $2.1 million
  • SMF generates tax revenues of nearly $1 million each year between hotel/motel, sales and transportation tax

Savannah Music Festival Live is a weekly radio series produced for Georgia Public Broadcasting, which is now in its ninth season. The show has been licensed more than 250 times to stations across the country and is available to stream online anytime. SMF concert recordings are also featured regularly on American Public Media’s Performance Today, NPR Music and Sirius XM.

Future festival dates

  • March 29–April 14, 2018
  • March 28–April 13, 2019
  • March 26–April 11, 2020