The 2016 Keith Brabant Music Scholarship Festival will be held on July 16, 2016 at the Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton, NY. KeithFest is a family friendly community event that celebrates the importance of music in our lives. This is a major fundraising effort with proceeds going to the Keith Brabant Music Scholarship administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.
Keith Brabant, a musician/composer born in Clayton, NY, believed that introducing children to music early in life, during their school years, was important for the appreciation of music throughout a person’s life. He also believed that financial constraints should not prevent interested young people from pursuing their musical dreams.
This scholarship has been created in honor of Keith, who died in 2010, at age 33, but left a wonderful legacy of music for all. During his life Keith worked constantly to develop his musical talent, here in the North Country as well as in Colorado and Washington State. He toured throughout the western states sharing his music; while always finding time to enjoy nature – hiking, biking, and skiing – and the people he met along the way. Keith taught many young people to appreciate the gift of music and with this scholarship we are helping many others to pursue their own musical goals, and ensure Keith’s legacy continues.