Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Festival Sponsorship

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and is co-sponsored by the National Park Service.

The Festival is supported by federally appropriated funds; Smithsonian trust funds; contributions from governments, businesses, foundations, and individuals; in-kind assistance; and food, recording, and craft sales.

Promotional support is provided by Dulles International and Reagan National Airports, Comcast, Captivate Network, Telemundo Washington DC, WAMU 88.5, Destination DC,, The Washington Informer, El Tiempo Hispano (MD-DE-PA), Latin Opinion Baltimore Newspaper,, El Tiempo Latino, Digital Conventions,, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Kepa Junkera.

In-kind program and technical support comes from Audio Event Services, Furnace Record Pressing, The Art League, Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac, Chem-Trend, Destaco, Tech Shop DC, Social Explorer, and Target (Glen Burnie, Rockville, Ellicott City).

Basque: Innovation by Culture Program Sponsors

This program is co-presented and co-sponsored by the Basque Country institutions: the Basque Government and the provincial governments of Araba, Biscay, and Gipuzkoa. Participation of the Joaldunak is made possible by the Government of Navarra. Significant in-kind support provided by the members of the North American Basque Organization. Additional program support provided by Aernnova, Ampo, Arteche Group, Bilbao Port, EiTB, Gamesa, Iberdrola, Marqués de Riscal, Ormazabal, Repsol-Petronor, Sapa, Telefónica Open Future, Tubacex, and Velatia.

Sounds of California Program Sponsors

This program is co-produced with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Radio Bilingüe, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Presenting partners include the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, and My Armenia, a collaborative project between the people of Armenia, USAID, and the Smithsonian Institution. The program received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, and the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Other supporters include the Sakana Foundation and Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia for the Humanities.

Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert Sponsors

The 2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert is presented in association with the National Endowment for the Arts – Folk & Traditional Arts Program.

On the Move Sponsors

On the Move: Migration and Immigration Today is co-produced and co-presented by the American Anthropological Association, American Folklife Center at Library of Congress, Basque Library of University of Nevada, Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, and National Museum of American History.