Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

JD Shaw


In this paper, I will combine insight collected from interviews of people involved with events related to the arts, particularly in the field of the music. These discussions include a variety of perspectives including executive directors, logistics personnel, operations managers, faculty, guest artists, as well as festival participants. Through a multi-layered and thoroughly filtered lens, I aim to establish an outline for a guide that will allow individuals in the field of music set their extracurricular educational program up for success.

There are many factors that need to be considered when establishing a music festival, but this paper will mainly focus on the logistical aspects. While it can be hard to plan an event without an eye towards finances, this guide will mainly focus on the operational side of a music festival. Questions that a potential operations manager should be asking themselves before, during, and after reading this paper might include the following: What is the format? Where is it located? When does it happen? Who is attending?

These kinds of questions will determine the most realistic parameters for any musical event. The guide will take the reader through some of the most important factors to consider, and lay the groundwork for long-term success.