Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival expands programming

Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.—The organizing committee of the Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival, BrattRock, has received two new grants that will support plans for continuing and expanded programming in 2018.

The Vermont Arts Council has awarded BrattRock a $3,000 2018 Arts Impact Grant. Arts Impact grants support Vermont organizations in their “efforts to create a more vibrant quality of life by providing equal and abundant access to the arts.” In addition, BrattRock is one of the recipients of a $1,000 Economic Development Grant awarded by the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance.

For the second year in a row, Youth Services of Brattleboro has provided fiscal sponsorship and administrative support for BrattRock.

Impending Exorcism band performs on the outdoor stage. Photo by Jessica Weitz.

Festival co-founder Jaimie Scanlon expressed appreciation. “BrattRock is about creating connections and giving young musicians a platform to impact the community in a positive way,” she said. “We are grateful to these organizations and for living in a community that recognizes the importance of supporting the arts, in particular encouraging young people’s involvement.”

This year’s expanded programming includes the BrattRock Lounge, a bi-monthly gathering and open mic for teens, held at the newly renovated performance space at the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club. The next Lounge event is scheduled for 3-7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, and will feature a discussion format workshop called, “Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Being in a Band,” followed by a free pizza and the open mic.  Admission is free and anyone 18 and under is invited to participate. Pre-registration is required at

Kalliope Jones band performs on the indoor stage. Photo by Jessica Weitz.

BrattRock’s main event – an all-day festival featuring music-related workshops and a public concert with performances by 18 youth bands from around New England – will be held at 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro on Saturday, Sept. 23. The performer lineup and stage schedule will be announced and advance tickets will go on sale Sept. 1 at

Anyone interested in learning about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities is invited to contact

BrattRock 2017 is made possible by the Vermont Arts Council, Guilford Sound, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, the Vermont Jazz Center, 118 Elliot, Headroom Stages, Hilltop Montessori, Oak Meadow, the Brattleboro Retreat, and WKVT.


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