AFTM is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to traditional music. We present 2 yearly music festivals highlighting the central Texas music community and featuring local, national, and international folk musicians. Our Mid-Winter Festival is held in late January and features 12 local traditional bands in 12 hours. The festival also promotes designating the month of January in Austin as Folk Music and Dance Month in conjunction with the national and international observance. The Austin String Band Festival is in the Fall and is an old-time and bluegrass centered event with the purpose of passing along traditional music to the next generation of enthusiastic musicians. We also host house concerts, jam sessions, and dances. AFTM serves as an educational and informative resource through its newsletter, web page, and local musician's registry.


087-2014_AFTM_Midwinter_Fest.jpgBetween the workshops, the performances and the silent auction, there was something for everyone at the AFTM Mid-Winter Festival! This festival would not have been possible without the time and effort of so many. We want to sincerely thank those who donated items to the silent auction, the volunteers who helped to make this event run smoothly and last but not least the musicians for being so generous with their time and expertise in their performances and workshops.

The funds raised at the festival will go a long way towards helping AFTM to bring great live traditional music to the Austin community in 2014! Also, we look forward to getting more young people from our community involved in traditional music through our Young Musician’s Grant!

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Austin Friends of Traditional Music offer two youth grants to attend the Old-Time Music Gathering at Wilson Warren College in North Carolina.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.  You must be under the age of 26 to apply.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS.


Read about our Scholarship Winner's experience at the Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, North Carolina.



Membership is open to everyone. In order to carry out its goals, AFTM needs the support of interested persons, organizations, and businesses through tax-deductible donations. But donations are not all that maintain the vitality of AFTM. More info


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