Will McLean Foundation

Saving Florida Through Music

Established in 1990, the Will McLean Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide for research, education, performance and training to promote understanding and appreciation of the works of Will McLean and of other Florida artists

Membership & Volunteering

Membership & volunteering are the lifeblood of the foundation. Volunteering takes all forms and is not limited to the festival. 

If the ideals and goals of the Foundation appeal to you, please consider becoming a member and or volunteering. 

Youth Programs & Scholarships

One of Margaret Longhill’s and other founding members’ central goals was to foster a vibrant young musicians program and offer scholarships through the Foundation. See what's going on!

Concert Series & Events

The Sunday Sampler in Dunnellon is the brainchild of Mem Semmes, a musician and songwriter who was very involved with the Foundation and Festival in the early days.

Annual Music Festival & Song Contest

The Festival, a 3 day multi-stage event held in March, features performances, workshops, open mics and jams. Our “Young Performer Showcases” have become a festival favorite for many fans as they watch these youngsters grow every year with more skill and confidence.

Florida has a thriving community of musician/songwriters who, in the tradition of Will McLean, have written thousands of songs in many styles and genres.

The current year’s Song Contest finalists are invited to present at a special showcase held during the festival.