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Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music

AFTM supports traditional music and dance from the many different cultures and communities found in Austin and around the world. We encourage playing, learning, dancing, and sharing our musical heritage in its many forms as they evolve with each new generation.
 

Join AFTM Today!

Upcoming Events

Monthly Jams

Keep an eye on our Jams Page for information about AFTM and community jams.

August 2, 2024: World Music Night at Batch #2

7:30PM-10:00PM at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor Road.
$7 suggested donation.
See the Facebook event for more details!

September 19, 2024: World Music Night at Batch #3

7:30PM-10:00PM at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor Road.

October 18-20, 2024: Austin String Band Festival

Planning is underway. Stay tuned for more details!
We can use a hand with several key areas of the festival. Email Gary Mortensen (gary@aftm.us) if you'd like to get involved to help make the festival a success!

Reel Times, July 2024

The latest issue of our newsletter, Reel Times, is now out! Read it here

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Get Involved

AFTM is a totally volunteer-run organization, and we could always use help with our mission of keeping traditional music alive in central Texas!

Join the Board

There are currently three openings on our board of directors, and we are looking for passionate and committed individuals to join us in shaping the future of the AFTM. As active members of our traditional music community, we believe that your unique perspective and experience would be a valuable addition to our leadership team. Email AFTMTexas@gmail.com if you're interested or to nominate someone!

Help with the Austin String Band Festival

Planning is underway for the 2024 Austin String Band Festival, and we could use help with key areas of the festival. Email Gary Mortensen (gary@aftm.us) if you'd like to get involved or to find out more information.

Become our Webmaster

Do you have web design and maintenance skills? We could use your help with improving and updating the AFTM website! Email james.seppi@gmail.com if you're interested or if you have questions about the role.

 

Jams

Check out our Jams page for a listing of known jams in the Austin area.

We'll update our page as we find out information about changing jam conditions. If you host a jam or have information we could share, please contact us.

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AFTM on
YouTube

Interviews by
Gary Mortensen, Reel Times Editor of AFTM

 

The AFTM channel on YouTube features a series of interviews conducted by our Reel Times editor Gary Mortensen. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are posted!

AFTM Scholarships

Each year the Austin Friends of Traditional Music awards a scholarship to promising musicians and dancers, 30 years of age or younger, who wish to further their studies of old time music and dance.

We normally send our scholars to the Swannanoa Gathering’s Old-Time Music and Dance Week.

See our scholarship page for more information . . .

Swannanoa Festival

Kids in a New Groove

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Kids in a new groove (KING) combines the power of mentoring with music instruction by providing private, in-home, music instruction to Central Texas youth in foster care.

Volunteers are needed!  Apply here.

Dances

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