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Registration is now open for the Newport Festivals Workshops Program, a free, virtual afterschool music program created by Newport Festivals Foundation, which produces the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals.

According to a press release from Newport Festivals Foundation, the workshops will be taught by professional musicians and music industry professionals about Songwriting, Audio Engineering, Music Industry Careers, and Podcasting. 

All high school students on Aquidneck Island are encouraged to register. No previous music experience is required. Space is limited and workshops begin as early as March 7th. To register visit

Each workshop will take place at 5 pm via Zoom, twice a week over the course of six weeks. Students are expected to attend each session and will be asked to complete a small amount of out-of-class assignments.  

Through the lens of diversity, Newport Festivals Foundation says that BIPOC students or those living with more challenging economic means will be given priority. Hourly student stipends will be given to participants in honor of economic equity.   These students will be nominated privately by school counselors or students can apply for hourly assistance.

To learn more, email or visit

The 2022 Newport Folk Festival will be held July 22 – 24 and the Newport Jazz Festival will be held July 29 – 31 at Fort Adams State Park.

Further reading on Newport Folk & Newport Jazz

2022 Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announcement – Valerie June will perform on July 24

Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals announce 2022 dates

Newport Folk Festival releases ‘2021 Thank You Video’