Presenting and Supporting Folk & Acoustic Music
in the Washington, DC Area

About Focus Music


The mission of Focus is to bring folk and acoustic music to a growing audience through performance, education and participation in the musical folk arts.

Links & Partnerships

FocusMusic actively supports other music organizations throughout the Washington, DC/Baltimore area and works to bring talented emerging artists to listening audiences throughout the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Get more involved in your local music community - check out our list of concert calendars, festivals, organizations and concert series


Herb Levy, President
Michael AmsterVice President
Joan Clark, Treasurer
Shelley Caplan, Secretary
Kang Ewimbi, Board Member
Emily Hall, Board Member
Ross Martin, Board Member
Jillian Matundan, Board Member
Judy Oliver, Board Member
Gabrielle Zwi, Board Member
rob Hinkal, Executive Director


Mark Smith, Past Board Member
Frank Allen Philpot, Past Board Member
Jay Keating, Past Board Member
Jerry Bresee, Past President
Scott Moore - Past President 
Cindy Broome - Past President
Tom Cardarella - Founding Vice President 
Liz Dulaney - Founding Treasurer
Karen Tupek - Past Webmistress
Lester Reingold, Past Newsletter
Sue Reingold, Past Membership 

We are a predominantly volunteer organization that provides performance opportunities for emerging and nationally touring singer-songwriters, and folk and acoustic musicians. We have provided an intimate setting for a listening audience since 2002, producing more than 500 shows in a variety of locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia to date.

Our vision is that live folk and acoustic music will be performed somewhere in the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan area every day. To achieve this, we work collaboratively with other folk and acoustic music nonprofit presenters, including local festivals.

We seek to present a variety of music not only to attract and serve diverse cultures, but to expose cultures to each other through music. What the folk tradition offers is a window to the world, an insight into the lives, attitudes, spirit and hardships of those who’ve lived it.  And, at its best, contemporary folk song can do the same thing, shining a light on the events, the characters and the attitudes that shape our world so that, in time, the best of these songs will be absorbed into the tradition.

Folk music has a way of connecting everyone — performers and audiences, as well as the greater community. Folk music inspires us and lifts us up, crossing all socioeconomic lines and brings people together. At a folk concert, the audience not only listens; it is encouraged to participate in the making of the music by singing along; thus building a sense of community in the audience. People who sing together are likely to start talking to one another during the intermission and after the show. These newly forged connections can cross the boundaries of age and class.

Thus, FocusMusic invites you to join us in pursuit of building greater community among the residents of the greater DC/Baltimore area through the enjoyment of folk music.

Focus proudly sponsors:

Various events of the Songwriters' Association of Washington

Focus Music actively supports other music organizations throughout the Washington, DC area. Check out these great events, calendars and organizations.

Concert Series

The Barns at Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA
Beans in the Belfry - Brunswick, MD
The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
BlackRock Center for the Arts - Germantown, MD
Bluemont Concert Series - Northern VA
Carroll Cafe - Washington, DC
Common Ground on the Hill - Westminster, MD
Focus - DC Metro Area
Folk Club of Reston-Herndon - Herndon, VA
49 West Coffeehouse - Annapolis, MD
The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts - Owings Mills, MD
Institute of Musical Traditions - Rockville and Takoma Park, MD
Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - Washington, DC
Music Cafe - Damascus, MD
One World Coffeehouse - Columbia, MD
New Deal Cafe - Greenbelt, MD
North Elk Coffeehouse - Northeast, MD
Perry Hall Folk Music Night - Baltimore, MD
Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Robert Harper Books - Riverdale Park, MD
Soundry - Columbia, MD
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub - Alexandria, VA
Strathmore Hall Arts Center - North Bethesda, MD
333 Coffeehouse - Annapolis, MD
Wolf Trap Filene Center - Vienna, VA
World Folk Music Association showcases - Bethesda, MD

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Focus offers two different levels of memberships, for individuals and household. Join the Focus community today - please visit our Membership Page.

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Focus Music is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  P.O. Box 4249, Rockville, MD 20849-4249

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