The International Florence Price Festival (Price Fest) is an annual festival of music dedicated to the legacy of composer Florence Price. The inaugural festival (Price Fest 2020) will take place in Washington, D.C. on August 20-23, 2020.
The International Florence Price Festival is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of composer Florence Beatrice Price through an annual festival featuring all of Price’s musical output as well as scholarly, educational, and advocacy-oriented events.
The International Florence Price Festival’s vision is to become a recognized leader in the performance and interpretation of the music of Florence Price, her contemporaries, and the music of historically marginalized composers.
Price History – We commit to preserving and expanding the body of knowledge about Florence Price by faithfully presenting her music while serving as an important catalyst for research about her music, life, and world.
Price Legacy – We commit to acknowledging the harsh realities of discrimination and underrepresentation in classical music in the United States, past and present, as we work to give young composers of every race and gender the opportunity to have their music heard.
Price Advocacy – We commit to continuing the Price legacy by advocating that her work be performed both domestically and internationally as a means to ensure her works are considered, consistently, among other masterworks.
Inclusivity – We commit to building and sustaining an inclusive audience for Price’s music by offering all of our programming to the broadest range of community members possible and by engaging with underserved populations.
What can the audience expect at the inaugural Price Fest?
Performance - We will give polished performances of the complete Price catalogue, and explore other significant music in conversation with the music of Price.
Scholarship - We will present the latest scholarship examining Price’s music and impact and publish this work online.
Leadership - We will collaborate with other distinguished organizations in providing leadership in the areas that align with our Mission, Vision, and Values.
Advocacy - We will promote, advance, and advocate for Price’s music through calls to action in the public sphere, including support of public policy in alignment with our Mission.
Awards - We will recognize performers, scholars, advocates, and leaders who have made significant contributions to the music of Florence Price with a series of annual awards.