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JAMS 4 FAMS

Congressional School is hosting a student-led music festival featuring local artists and area schools! A Music Festival Executive Board has been formed comprised of Congressional middle school students to organize a talent-filled afternoon as a fundraiser for the local organization: Food for Others.

When: Saturday, May 16 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Who: Local area schools and their families

What: A music festival, food trucks, and good family fun

Where: Congressional School Campus

Why: To support local hunger needs through event proceeds

How: Tickets will go on sale closer to the event. Stay tuned!

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In the fall of 2019, middle school students gathered to learn about a variety of causes and vote on which cause to support with the music festival proceeds. After choosing hunger as the cause, the Music Festival Executive Board researched and ultimately chose a local organization, Food for Others, located in Fairfax, VA.

Food for Others' Mission: To distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing our giving community and volunteers.

We are looking forward to this partnership with Food for Others!

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The board visiting Food for Others

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The board meeting with Kennedy Center festival planners to ask questions and learn how to plan a successful event

MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Music Festival Executive Board is made up of 28 students in 5th-8th grades. These students have created task groups to organize the event—create a budget, design the logo, invite local artists, contact sponsors, and more. We're proud of their leadership in planning this event alongside their music teacher, Mrs. Ashley Spalletta.

 

Event Mission: 

Our mission is to raise money and awareness for individuals that struggle with food insecurity. We believe that everyone deserves to know if they will have food on the table or not. By coming to our festival, you will have a great amount of fun while also doing good to the world.

 

Event Vision:

Through the unifying power of music, we will bring awareness to food insecurity and reduce hunger in Fairfax County.

STUDENT-CREATED PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

Passionate about the topic of hunger, our 7th grade students wrote and performed this rap as a part of their hip hop unit in music class as a promo for the event.

Watch the Save the Date video—Planned and filmed by 6th graders.

Students researched "hunger" in Virginia and the United States. Listen to what they learned.

INTERESTED IN PERFORMING? CHECK OUT OUR FAQS

We are so excited that you are considering joining us in our fight against hunger. Below you'll find many questions and answers that will hopefully allow you to more easily make your decision to register your ensemble for our Jams 4 Fams music festival. Still have questions? Email our executive board at musicfestival@congressionalschool.org.

Please RSVP your ensemble no later than Friday, March 6.

Why should we participate?

This event is a one-of-a-kind gathering in our area—local audience, local performers, local businesses, and a local cause. It's an opportunity to come together as a community, not in competition, but rather in unison for hunger needs in DC and Northern Virginia. 

Join us in our first annual music festival. Let's make this an event to remember!

What type of music groups can perform?

We are looking for local schools, professional bands, and solo artists to perform at Jams 4 Fams. Ensembles may be a choir, school band, school orchestra, rock band, dance group, solo artist, or other type of musical group.

How big of a group can we bring?

We are encouraging groups to register no more than 75 performers for choir groups. 

How long are the performance slots?

School groups will each be given a 15 minute performance time.

Professional Solo Artists will have 20 minutes.

Professional bands will have 30 minutes.

When will we know what time slot we receive?

A preliminary schedule will be sent out a month prior to the event. For now, we ask that you block your schedules for the duration of the event (2 p.m.- 6 p.m.) until we've created and shared the schedule with you with more exact information.

Will we have a designated warm up time?

We will be reserving an indoor space for music group warm-ups. Each group will receive a 20 minute warm-up  prior to performing.

Who else will be performing?

We have sent our invitation to many local area schools and artists. We will update this webpage with performing groups as they RSVP.

Is there an entry fee?

The entry fee for musical groups is 1 non-perishable food item per performer. All donations will be given to Food for Others, our music festival partner.

There will be a $5 ticket fee per person for all others who wish to attend beyond performers.

Can the students' families attend?

Yes! We encourage schools and performers to spread the word about the event to their immediate community. There will be a $5 ticket fee for each person that attends.

Where will the event take place?

Jams 4 Fams will take place on Congressional School's campus. There will be two stages with staggered performances. One stage will (weather-permitting) be outside and the other will be in our auditorium.

What will parking look like?

We highly encourage school groups to utilize buses for their transportation. Buses will be permitted to park on campus with easy access to the both stages. If you wish to drive to campus in a vehicle other than a bus, parking will be first-come-first-serve with overflow parking on Sleepy Hollow Rd and shuttle service from businesses right down the street.

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

As we approach the event we will update this webpage with even more helpful information including ticket sales, parking, artist lineup, food vendors, and more. For now, just save the date!

QUESTIONS?