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      The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) was established in Brainerd in 2009 when a group of students from the Eastman School of Music came to Minnesota for the summer. Enlisting guests from the Minnesota Orchestra, these students put on concerts that quickly gained popularity and widespread support. Today, the organization brings 185 artists from the top orchestras and opera companies across the globe to the Brainerd area in August to collaborate on chamber music, orchestra, opera and ballet.

      In addition to nationally acclaimed performances, the organization offers an extensive outreach program, bringing musicians out of the concert hall and into community spaces. Year-round education activities reach and inspire over 2,500 public school students every year. With the belief that excellent art should be accessible to all, each performance is presented without a set admission fee; instead, concertgoers are asked to donate as they are able.

      Each year nearly two-thirds of the budget is supported by individual supporters. Committed to a sustainable future, LAMF has established an agency fund at the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation serving as a destination for planned gifts.  To learn more, visit

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