Written by: Mikala Lugen
Park City Song Summit Outlines COVID-19 Guidelines For September Event
Organizers for Park City Song Summit have outlined their COVID-19 safety protocol for this year’s second annual event.
Slated for September 8th-12th in the mountainous valley of Park City, Utah, the five-day music and culture gathering is set to create an environment for musicians to share, learn, and recharge their passion for music through community and the power of song. Founded by Park City resident and lifetime musician Ben Anderson, Song Summit celebrates passion for music and focuses on bringing clarity and normalcy to the struggles musicians, artists, and fans alike face around mental health and dependency.
Combining the singer-songwriter format of an “unplugged” platform with a MasterClass style of information exchange through “Labs,” the Song Summit focuses on sharing and exploring the full spectrum of songwriting and creating music. Fans can enjoy intimate shows, shared stories, street performances, and discussion labs from Amanda Shires, Joy Oladokun, Jonathan Russell, Andrew Bird, Anders Osborne, Gary Clark Jr., Iron & Wine, Ivan Neville, Kamasi Washington, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Mike Dillon, Rising Appalachia, and more.
To ensure the health and safety of attendees at the event, all Song Summit programming will be outdoors at The Snow Park Outdoor Ammphitheater at Deer Valley, featuring two main stages, two tents for Lab conversations, and one tent for songwriters-in-the-round. Additionally, staff and all ticket holders over the age of 12 must provide proof of vaccination within 14 days before the event. Artists will provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their arrival.
“In these unprecedented times, the health, both physical and mental, and safety of our artists, our staff and our attendees comes first,” Anderson said. “Safety comes before our bottom line and before politics. We want live music to continue and are mapping our logistics to ensure that it will, as safely as possible.”
To mitigate the number of people in attendance, Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheater will be limited to 50% for a maximum capacity of 2,500 per day. Social distancing will be monitored at all shows, and masks will be required for any indoor activities, including restrooms, hallways, and green rooms. Lastly, free hand sanitization and mask stations will be provided at various locations.
While keeping everyone safe and healthy, Song Summit is also partnering with three local charities addressing mental health, suicide prevention, and addiction recovery, including Communities That Care, Jewish Family Service, and Summit Clubhouse.