Stop by this beautiful store to see what brick and mortar can be. The Upper Bout offers a human connection and personalized experience. They sell and work on just about anything with strings. Thanks, TUB, for your loyal support of the Festival and the musicians who participate!
Downtown Urbana’s full service, cooperatively owned grocery store. Beyond monetary donations, the co-op has sustained the festival with food and offered us performance space. Over the years it’s been a warm and welcoming hangout for festival goers, and we thank them for all their support. We thank downtown Urbana’s full service, cooperatively owned grocery store for the many types of sustenance they have provided the festival over the years.
The UCD is a community of people in Champaign-Urbana and east central Illinois who support and promote the history, artistry and enjoyment of contra dancing. The warmth and generosity they extend at the Festival dances will be sorely missed this year, since those events are hampered by the COVID-19 outbreak. We thank them for their continued support and hope to have lots of dancing back on the schedule in 2021!
Long-time sponsor First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign is a community bank in every sense. We’re grateful to be among the many community teams and groups they sponsor financially. Thanks to this community bank for its ongoing support of the Festival.
We’d like to extend a hearty thanks to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music for its sponsorship of our family programming. Support from Sousa allows us to do our bit to cultivate a future for folk and roots music, dance, and enthusiasm! Sousa Archives is a long-term supporter of our family-friendly programming!
Urbana is an Illinois Arts Friendly Community, designated by the Illinois Arts Alliance and Illinois Municipal League. Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.
Thank you for being a major sponsor of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival! Art thrives in Urbana.
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots festival recognizes that we are on the lands of the Kaskaskia, Peoria, Michigamia, Cahokia, Tamaroa and Kickapoo Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native peoples prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.
We at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival recognize that systemic racism historically prevented and still prevents many Black musicians from being seen, heard, and able to financially support themselves. Despite these barriers, Black musicians have profoundly shaped America’s musical heritage and continue to inspire creativity and a vision of a better society. To the Black artists and organizers in Champaign-Urbana, we want to thank you for all that you do to make our community vibrant and strong. We aim to give a bigger platform to Black artists, both at this year’s festival and in the future. We vow to do our part to acknowledge and end systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. Black Artists Matter.
The C-U Folk and Roots Festival family is highly cognizant of the need for all of us to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. All upcoming, in-person festival-sponsored events have been put on hold. In the meantime, we also recognize the incredible importance of music and the arts in our lives.
We strongly encourage everyone in our community to find ways to support the musicians whose livelihoods have suddenly disappeared. Watch their shows online and contribute via donate links. Buy their merch. Buy their music! Please also support our local businesses, especially the places that remain open and/or are selling online. Our local festival sponsors and partners include the Rose Bowl Tavern, Page Roasting Company, Black Dog, Iron Post, Common Ground Food Co-op, the Music Shoppe, the Community Center for the Arts, and others.