The Cambridge Music Festival (CMF) showcases New England-based musicians, singers, and songwriters. All proceeds from the event benefit Cambridge 360, a well-known local organization that's mission is to raise funds from community members to cycle back into the community through projects like building a community center. The sixth annual event will be held at the future Cambridge Community Center site in Jeffersonville, the location and cause for which CMF has existed for all along.
THE CMF STORY
by Justin Marsh, Founder
In May 2011, a friend of mine and I were discussing Vermont-based Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ new music festival (Grand Point North) that they were headlining on the Burlington Waterfront in conjunction with the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival that August. My friend mentioned that we need to do something similar to that this summer in our town. At first I just nodded and agreed but then it hit me - she had a brilliant idea.
Luckily, I know a few people who know some people, so gears and cranks were turning and endorphines started flowing and my concentration for the next 36 hours would be devoted to creating the first ever annual music festival in my hometown of Cambridge, VT.
Things were quickly shaping up and location ideas were considered, weighing out each pro and con meticulously. That August, amidst pre-Hurricane Irene thunder and lightning, the inaugural event commenced. Nine bands, ten hours, non-stop music, local food and artisan vendors, and a raffle with over $4,000 worth of donated goods and services. Overall, despite the poor weather (i.e. running through a field with a mic stand during a lightning storm), the event was able to generate over $1,000 to benefit Cambridge 360.