Join the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation!

Members have a vote and a voice.

Our events and programs include:  

Kerrville Folk Festival  *  Welcome Home Fest  *  Music Camp for Teens

Music at the Mansion  *  Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition

The Kerrville Folk Festival was founded by the late Rod Kennedy in 1972 and continued under his direction for 28 years. Over the course of those years, a powerful community bond had formed among Festival attendees. They could not imagine losing the gathering of their “chosen family.” Ultimately, a member-based non-profit, 501 (c) 3 incorporation was formed. Joining the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation declares you are part of this on-going community, and your willingness to assure its continuance by giving it your financial support.

The KFFF flagship event, the Kerrville Folk Festival, is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in the United States. During the Festival, we become the second largest community in Kerr County. During the 18-day festival, activities are provided for all ages with a focus on nurturing and developing artistic expression, especially the art of songwriting, in a loving, family friendly environment. With a very small paid staff, the KFFF is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, and a host of dedicated hard-working volunteers from across the country.


Our mission is to promote public appreciation and support for songwriters, the songwriting craft, and the gift folk music offers the world.


Our vision is of a community where songwriters and their craft are treasured and supported, and folk music is valued and enjoyed by people of all ages and circumstances.


Our purpose is to educate the public about the benefits and characteristics of songs, that in time, are deemed “folk music”. We provide a unique experience in a musical community that is enriching to the listeners and the performers.

Cosy Sheridan and Charlie Koch




KFFF members own the Kerrville Folk Festival, our flagship event, and all these amazing programs:


  • Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

  • Welcome Home Festival

  • Music Camp for Teens (co-produced with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas)

  • Music at the Mansion (co-produced with Schreiner University)


Throughout the year, KFFF members receive newsletters from the Executive Director and the KFFF Board regarding the programs, financials, volunteer opportunities and gatherings, and Summit meetings wherein members and volunteers gather to plan for the future of the Foundation’s activities. Members are provided information and vote on candidates for Board positions and by-law changes, and members are invited to member-only gatherings to celebrate and socialize.


KFFF is funded by memberships, ticket sales, donations, grants, and festival retail sales. Collectively, this income covers the costs of Festival operations, programs, the site, capital projects and administration – all building the path to a sustainable future.


During the Festival, Foundation members who visit the Foundation’s booth at Kennedy Theater receive a Foundation T shirt designed specifically for the upcoming membership year and several other gifts. Foundation members who join at higher levels are also eligible to receive 18-day tickets for the next Festival, parking passes, backstage access, golf carts, free admission to an upcoming Music at the Mansion Concert and more.

Most importantly, all members receive the gift of knowing they support a community characterized by a spirit of safety and love for one another, and its love for the power of songs that inspire us to grow emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Each member is celebrated with “Welcome Home” and extended gratitude for joining this community that celebrates life with authenticity, acceptance and appreciation for art.

Bernice Lewis



Memberships are managed on-line.  If you prefer not to interface with technology, no problem.  We will do it for you either at the Foundation Booth located at Kennedy Theater during the Festival or at the Foundation Office which is open year-round.


Each June 15th marks the beginning of a new membership year.  


Anyone is welcome to join anytime throughout the year, however when you join matters. You must be a member for at least 60 days to join the current year and participate in the election held during the Annual General Membership Meeting (i.e. join on or before April 15). If you join during the last 60 days of the membership year your membership becomes effective at the start of the new membership year on June 15.


Beginning on June 15 members will be requested to renew their membership dues. Monthly renewal notices go out on the 15th of the month for the following 4 months or until dues are renewed.  If a member has not renewed by Oct. 15th, and joins later, they are regarded as a new member.


Confused?  Examples for Clarification…


A member renews or  joins for the first time or renews during the 2020 Festival  –

  • Membership year is June 15, 2020 – June 14, 2021.

  • Receives a Foundation T-shirt and other cool gifts at the 2020 Festival

  • Eligible to vote in the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting.   


A member joins for the first time on April 15, 2020

  • Membership year is  June 15, 2019 – June 14, 2020.  

  • Receives a Foundation T-shirt and other cool gifts at the 2020 Festival

  • Eligible to vote in the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting


A member joins for the first time on April 16, 2020

  • Membership year is June 15, 2020 – June 14, 2021

  • Receives a Foundation T-shirt and other cool gifts at the 2020 Festival

  • Eligible to vote in the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting


Kim & Mary McDowell




An Annual General Membership meeting is held during each Festival.  During your membership year, you may attend and vote for open positions on the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation Board of Directors and any proposed by-law changes.  All members are invited to stop by the Foundation Booth during the Festival to pick up their KFFF member T-shirt, a bumper sticker, and a limited edition KFF live recording CD. 

Basic Membership:  $100 / $75 renewal

You will be supporting the Foundation and its on-going support of folk music and the singer songwriter community; and you are invited to pick up a KFFF member T-shirt, bumper sticker, and limited edition KFF live recording CD at the Foundation Booth during the Festival.  

Basic Membership:  $100

Basic Membership

Renewal:  $75

Folkie Membership:  $250


Basic Membership Benefits plus a 2nd limited edition KFF Live CD, gift certificate for one KFF Live CD, and a gift certificate for a KFF T-shirt for use at the Festival T-shirt booth.

Kerrvert Membership: $500

Basic Membership Benefits plus Gift Certificate for two additional KFF Live CD’s, gift certificate for two KFF T-shirts at the Festival T-shirt booth, and a KFF Tote Bag.

Bridger Membership $1,000

Kerrvert Membership Benefits plus one KFF 18-day Ticket package (for one person).

Damron Membership:  $1,500

Kerrvert Membership Benefits for two. Two foundation memberships and two KFF 18-day Ticket packages plus a Reserved VIP Parking Pass and VIP access to backstage during the Festival.

Threadgill Membership:  $2,500

Damron Membership Benefits, plus a pair of Welcome Home Festival tickets and an engraved plaque on a commemorative bench.  

Kennedy Membership:  $5,000

Threadgill Membership Benefits, plus personal use of a golf cart for the 18 days of the Festival.

Peter Yarrow Membership:  $10,000 or more

Please call the office and ask for the Executive Director to design your benefit package.



We'd LOVE to talk to you more about any donation amount you wish. Please email the office at or call us at (830) 257-3600. Please call the office and ask for the Executive Director to design your benefit package.

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle

Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.