Richmond Folk Festival Spotlight: A Pillar in Richmond Music, Tim Timberlake

Richmond Folk Festival Spotlight: A Pillar in Richmond Music, Tim Timberlake

We recently caught up with Richmond music scene legend, Tim Timberlake, before heading into the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival. Timberlake is a veteran emcee and stage manager for a long list of Americana events and he’s on the programming committee for the Richmond Folk Festival; in fact, he was just honored a few days ago for his 19 years of volunteer service to the the programming committee and as the leader of the artist hosts. Tim also books many of the artists who perform on the Family Stage, and helps to arrange artist visits to area schools on the Friday before each Festival.

Additionally, he’s a board member of JAMinc, a nonprofit that is run completely by a group of dedicated volunteers devoted to the preservation of the arts. 

At JAMinc, Timberlake helps the organization fulfill its mission to open minds, hearts and ears to music deserving a wider audience through education, performance, and support. Through in-school musical performances, community concerts, festival outreach and workshops, Timberlake and JAMinc volunteers have helped deliver music to nearly 100,000 students and countless music lovers in the Richmond area. Timberlake also hosts JAMinc’s “Pages Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions” on VPM Music and online radio station, The Breeze. 

Timberlake shared his deep, long-standing connection to the Richmond Folk Festival with us as part of a special conversation in preparation for the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival. In his words…

“It’s been my privilege to serve on the Festival’s programming committee since its inception, and JAMinc has been involved in artist transportation and sound reinforcement for the Friday school outreach initiative as well. The Festival strives to present artists representing a wide array of cultures and genres who most attendees wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to experience, thus leaving our Richmond-based artists with limited opportunities. Former NCTA director Julia Olin and Festival director Stephen Lecky decided some years ago to give JAMinc four slots each weekend to feature RVA-area artists on the Family Stage. It’s been exciting for us to give so many of our diverse and gifted locals a chance to be part of our city’s biggest event…and they’re given the same billing on the posters and t-shirts as the main roster of national and international performers.”

You’ll catch Tim all over Brown’s Island this weekend enjoying the Folk Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, he’s likely to be hanging around the Family Stage watching JAMinc musicians perform! If you see him, shake his hand and thank him for everything he does.

This world needs more Tim Timberlakes.

CategoriesArtists, General, Live

Erin Frye is our Lead Story Marketer at the Grid Collective. Anyone who knows Erin will tell you that she’s incredibly motivated by elevating people, sharing impactful stories, and improving our community. She is also a singer-songwriter, a yoga teacher, and a voiceover artist with In Your Ear Studios. When she's not working, you can find Erin bringing hope and healing to communities worldwide through accessible music and wellness experiences. Her travels as a volunteer musician have taken her to orphanages, refugee camps, juvenile jails, and more…from Africa to Europe, and across North America. Locally, she is also the founder of Gals for a Cause RVA, a Teaching Artist with FreeHorse Arts, a former Big Sister through BBBS, and a former Teaching Artist/Performer with SPARC’s inclusive LIVE ART program. Erin is most recently a recipient of the Crisis Response Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an Honoree in Gallery 5 Movers and Shakers, an Honoree in JMU’s 100 Years, 100 Days, 100 Dukes ‘One World’ Program and was inducted into the JMU’s ‘Be The Change’ Hall of Fame.