Outer Banks music fans encouraged to help save Mustang Outreach Program

Mustang Outreach Program Students at Mustang Spring Jam 8. [photo courtesy of George Wood]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus, Bearded Face Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel Mustang Rock & Roast 3, which was scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

“The safety and well-being of our fans, musicians and staff is our top priority, and unfortunately things did not improve enough for us to hold the event we had planned,” said Producer and Owner of Bearded Face Productions Mike Dianna. “We are looking forward to hosting our Mustang events in 2021 with hopes of gathering people together again, but right now we ask everyone to show some love to the Mustang Outreach Program.”

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from Mustang Spring Jam and Mustang Rock & Roast go to the Mustang Outreach Program, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to encourage and cultivate children’s creativity and individualism through music.

“We believe that musical education is critical to all children’s growth and development,” said Mustang Outreach Program Music Director and Administrator Ruth Wyand. “Since we started the Mustang Outreach Program in 2012, hundreds of children have learned to play instruments, compose songs, improvise, work together and jam.”

For the past eight years over 80 percent of the income needed to sustain the Mustang Outreach Program has come from the Mustang festivals and community concerts, and due to all of the event cancellations in 2020 that income has come to a halt.

To help save the Mustang Outreach Program, Mike Dianna asks Mustang fans to make a donation.

“The fans and musicians are not the only ones who have suffered from the cancellation of both of our 2020 Mustang events,” said Dianna. “If you were planning to attend Mustang Spring Jam or Mustang Rock & Roast this year, we would deeply appreciate you donating your ticket cost or a portion of your ticket cost to the program. Your generous donations will save this special program and allow us to help the kids keep making music.”

Those interested in supporting the Mustang Outreach Program can make a donation online at MustangOutreachOBX.org or at MustangMusicFestival.com.

For more information on Bearded Face Productions, visit BeardedFP.com.

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.

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