We are honored Betty Griffin Center was selected as the charity for the Sing Out Loud Festival 2018, and grateful for everyone who took part — especially at the headliner event on Sept. 22 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
With your support, $98,000 was raised at the headliner event to help fund the very important work we do – offering protection and services for the victims of domestic violence and their minor children and/or victims of sexual assault and their families in St. Johns County.
The headliners of the September festival were Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Decemberists and Lucero – all performing on Sept. 22 — with others including Rising Appalachia, The Mountain Goats, Leftover Salmon, Propagandhi, War On Women, The Weepies, Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Southern Avenue, The Commonheart, David Dondero, Leah Song and Al Riggs performing throughout the month.
Ryan Murphy, the director of St. John’s County Cultural Events Division and organizer of the festival, said the artists helped decide which charity to assist with the show.
Two years ago, the festival helped raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting through the United Way. In 2017, the festival provided some relief for residents dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
The festival is paid for by a grant from the Tourist Development Council — which oversees funds from the county “bed tax” — with sponsorship provided by Community First Credit Union.
Follow the Sing Out Loud Festival at https://www.singoutloudfestival.com/throughout the year to keep up with updates for the 2019 festival.