The Gasparilla Music Foundation is a Florida 501(c)-3 non-profit corporation that organizes an annual music festival in downtown Tampa the second weekend of March and supports music education throughout its Recycled Tunes program.
The 2017 festival took place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Kiley Gardens Park on March 11th & 12th and featured musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. As part of its mission to support and promote music and education, the organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships and instruments to music students.
The Gasparilla Music Foundation was founded in 2011 with financial support from several Tampa Bay area based businesses and the organization’s founding members, The Ring of Fire.
The organizations goals include:
- Creating a long-term sustainable institution benefiting the Tampa bay area
- Support and Promote local musicians and bands
- Support and Promote local cuisine and beverages
- Provide support and financial assistance for music education
- Contribute to the economic development of the region
- Contribute to the neighborhood rejuvenation of the city’s urban core
- Promote the region’s cultural heritage
- Minimize the environmental impacts of festival production
- Promote public and alternative methods of transportation