Build an Event! is a fast-paced, hands-on workshop for high school and college-age students between the ages of 15 and 22 who reside in Southwest Virginia* to develop festival and event management skills. Interested persons age 23 or older may apply to attend the Build and Event! workshop for a $50 fee, and will be selected on a first come first served basis if space is available. The workshop will explore event conceptualization & marketing, programming (booking, artist relations and contracting), event logistics (event and festival management), and concert production (sound, recording, & lighting). Presenters include representatives from some of the region’s premiere festivals, institutions, and events including Richard Emmett (Blue Ridge Music Center), Charlene Tipton Baker (Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion), Jason Gallimore (Chantilly Farm), Jessica Taylor (FloydFest), Will MacMorran (ETSU & Northeast State Community College), and Charlotte Whitted (Tazewell County Fiddlers' Convention). 

There is no cost to attendees and Build an Event! participants ages 15-22 will receive $25 honorarium upon completion of the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

To apply for the workshop, applicants must submit an essay of 200 words or less outlining their personal experience and telling why they would like to participate. Applicants should include workshop title and their name; age; school (if applicable); mailing address; email address; and telephone number at the top of each essay. Essays should be sent by email to, or by  U.S. Postal Service to The Crooked Road, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210.

Essays for Build an Event! must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 4th. Applications will be reviewed by members of TCR’s Education Committee and participants will be selected based on merit, experience, and enthusiasm. Applicants will be notified within one week of the application deadline.

For questions or for more information, please contact Jonathan Romeo, The Crooked Road’s Program Manager, at (276) 492-2409 or

These workshops are supported by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Foundation.

* Southwest Virginia includes the counties (and associated towns) of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe; and the Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford.




Directions to this Event

Exit 14 from I-81