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Hiawatha Music Co-op Mission Statement

The Hiawatha Music Non-Profit Corporation is organized exclusively to provide and promote traditional music and dance, educate and inform society on traditional American music and encourage the appreciation of such music through the facility of an annual traditional music festival.
All operations are exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, and for the promotion of social welfare.


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Hiawatha Chooses Socially Responsible Investments

The Board of Directors for Hiawatha Traditional Music Co-op, seeking to align our investments with the Co-op’s core values, have switched our investment portfolio to exclusively socially responsible investments or a “SRI” portfolio. We have been with Bell Financial for many years now who fortunately manages SRI portfolios so the switch was seamless. SRI investments are defined differently by every institution but generally follow similar screening practices for their investments. An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common themes for socially responsible investments include avoiding investment in companies that produce or sell addictive substances (like alcohol, gambling and tobacco) and seeking out companies engaged in social justice, environmental sustainability and alternative energy/clean technology efforts. Socially responsible investments can be made in individual companies or through a socially conscious mutual fund or exchange-traded fund. We at Hiawatha are currently investing over half of our portfolio with the Calvert ( and Pax ( mutual funds.


June 5, 2020

Music has the power to unite us and give people a voice, and we honor the Black musicians who in large part created and contributed to the heritage of traditional music. As a community and world, it is time to listen, learn, reflect, and act with compassion and kindness.
The Hiawatha Music Co-op feels it is our responsibility as active members of our community to acknowledge and reflect on how we can join the conversation and take action against racism and other social injustices through education and music.

Over the next several days we will be posting songs and artists that, through their music, speak to the issues we are currently facing.


The Carolina Chocolate Drops  – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2007

shown here at the Grand Ole Opry 2013



Guy Davis –  Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2016…


THE EBONY HILLBILLIES – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2011
Here in NYC 2011…




Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2015

Here Paduca Kentucky Summer Festival


Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2010

Cedric Watson Trio at The Kennedy Center shown here


Mamadou Diabate – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival 2009

Jamanadiara Performance on Kora

YOUTUBE.COM. Recorded by Teddy Denton.



 Hiawatha has earned a Guidestar Rating of Silver

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