Donors & Sponsors

Enriching Lives into the Future

You make a difference as a donor or sponsor.
Join us in changing lives.

Your Impact

Donors and Sponsors make a huge impact in our local community through their support of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to celebrating all genres of the guitar and preserving the things that are so special about Northwestern Montana.

Your contributions provide educational workshop scholarships for deserving guitar students and teachers from the Flathead Valley and beyond, provide operational support for the festival and enable us to bring this world-class workshop and festival with its significant economic benefit to Bigfork and the Flathead Valley each year. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

The yearly festival and workshop has a documented economic benefit to the Flathead Valley and Northwest Montana of more than three million dollars, and that benefit is growing every year. We have put Bigfork, Kalispell and surrounding communities squarely on the artistic map by hosting an internationally recognized cultural event. We have brought our community even closer together by motivating hundreds of volunteers and housing hosts to be an integral part of the Crown of the Continent Festival and Workshop experience.

In addition, we have worked to support our charitable partners including: The Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Bigfork A.C.E.S., Montana Public Radio and Broadcasting, North Valley Music School and Salish Kootenai College Foundation.

Make a difference!

The generous contributions of our donors and sponsors have positive effects on local and global scales. Your donations make it possible each year for us to bring the world’s leading guitarists to highly appreciative audiences at an affordable cost, widening access to music lovers in Northwestern Montana and the Flathead Valley area.

A core part of our charitable mission is to support the next generation of guitar artists by providing scholarships for students, teachers and performers to participate in our programs. During the past seven years we have awarded 144 scholarships and 13 fellowships worth over a half million dollars. The majority of the recipients have come from Northwest Montana, but we have awarded scholarships and fellowships to individuals from throughout the United States as well as Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Norway and Mexico.

How to become a Donor or Business Sponsor

You can get involved as an individual donor or business sponsor and watch your contribution add to scholarship funds, provide great equipment through our Capital Equipment Campaign, and bring in world-class Artists in Residence! Or you can directly enrich an individual’s life by sponsoring a Scholarship or Fellowship Student. Download our CROWN PARTNERS PACKET to learn more about the 2017 giving levels!

Please mail a check (payable to COC Guitar Foundation) to us at: COCGF, P.O. Box 2882, Bigfork MT 59911.

To speak directly with Diane Kautzman, Director of Development please call 855-855-5900 or email

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Thank you!

For the Love of Guitar


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2017 Business Sponsor Levels

  • $15,000+ Festival and Workshop Level Custom Naming Sponsorship
  • $10,000  Crown Sponsorship
  •   $5,000  Diamond Sponsorship
  •  $2,500  Platinum Sponsorship
  •  $1,000  Gold Sponsorship
  •     $500  Silver Sponsorship

2017 Donor Funding Levels

  • $15,000+ Patron Custom Naming Level
  • $10,000 Crown Level
  •   $5,000 Diamond Level
  •   $2,500 Platinum Level
  •   $1,000 Gold Level
  •    $500 Silver Level
  •    $100 Bronze Level

Learn more about the benefits of being a Sponsor or Donor in our Crown Partners Packet. Click the “Read The Crown Partners Packet” Button to view or download a PDF document that explains your Donor or Support options in more detail.



2016 Business Sponsors

Above Crown Level – $15,000 and above

Celebrate Event & Party Rental • Flathead Lake Lodge • Marina Cay ResortMusic One WorkshopSalish Kootenai College Foundation  • The Timbers Motel

Crown Level – $10,000

• Anderson Broadcasting Finley Point GrillFlathead Lake Brewing Company & FLB PubhouseKurth Design • LA Audio • Paul Reed Smith GuitarsThe RavenWhistling Andy DistilleryYamaha Corporation of America

Diamond Level – $5,000

Abacus Graphics • Boatswain’s LockerThe Daily InterlakeFlathead BeaconGlacier Symphony & ChoraleHoffman Pro SystemsK&L Anodizing Corp.Mitchell Paulsen GuitarsThe Venue at Montana45

Platinum Level – $2,500

Gold Level – $1,000

Bigfork Brewfest • Bigfork Promotion Group • Collage Fine Art Gallery • Community Development Foundation Trust • Community Foundation for a Better BigforkDeaton and Company Real Estate • Don K Subaru • Eva Gates Homemade Preserves Flathead Bank Flathead Travel Greater Polson Community FoundationThe Jug Tree Kehoe’s Agate Shop • Montana Department of Tourism Montana Public Radio Music Villa • Pierce RV • Think Theta Healing • UPS Store Bigfork Weyerhaeuser • Whitefish Community Foundation

Silver Level – $500

ArtFusion • Beau Carpenter Auctions • Eagle Bend Flathead Vacation Rentals • Eagle Bend/Northern Pines Golf Clubs • Estep & Weber Federal Protection of MontanaKalispell Downtown Association Montana Dept. of Tourism • Northern Energy Propane Outback RV Campground Parkside Federal Credit Union Rocky Mountain Bank Wheeler Jewelry

2016 Donors

Patron Level – $15,000 and above

• David and Judy Feffer • David and Linda Green • Sofia Hansen • Scott and Sonia Lovett • Jim and Nancy Nelson

Crown Level – $10,000

• Jeff and Teri Allen • Steve Anderson • Max and Pam Gouverne • Travis and Deb Penrod • Jim and Jill Stroud 

Diamond Level – $5,000

• Anonymous • Anonymous • David and Sandy Berman • Jerry and Deb d’Aquin • Joe and Patti Pastor • William and Kathy Simmons   • Dean and Nancy Ziehl

Platinum Level – $2,500

• Steve and Laurie Cook • Constance Lane • Tom and Gail Jenko • Scott and Jill Levine • Craig McIntyre • Mike and Barbara Wickham • Rob Wink

Gold Level – $1,000

• Frank and Jill Ashley • Jan Anderson and Richard Barber • Mike and Jenn Bowman • Brentley and Diane Buchele • Gary Butterfield and Ginny Bartholomay • James Cameron • Jeff and Lois Evans • Dawn McGee and Cherie Garcelon • Dick and Pam Hughes • Mark and Katie Noonan • Dan and Kim Short • Jim Strainer and Julie Moffitt •

Silver Level – $500

• Wayne Anderson • Bud and Leslie Baldwin • Paula Boggs • Andrea Goff • Bill and Judy Halama • Mike and Karin Henion • Vic and Diane Kautzman • Walter and Nancy Kuhn • Don and Barbara Murray • Brent and Heidi Olson • Tony and Mary Lou Patterson • Cheryl Richmond • Uros and Ljudmila Roessmann • Ken and Cindy Stein • Jim Watson and Carol Bibler

Bronze Level – $100

• Larry and Deidre Cohen • Janice Duncan • Douglas and Leslie Griffith • Chrissey Hunt • Gerri and Cameron Jewell • Adrienne Kautzman • Willie and Arin Lever • Lou McGuire • Steve and Billie Moksnes • Marylou Pixler • Matt Porio • Laurie Raveis • Stephen and Patricia Schnall • Kathleen Schuberth • Matthew Wunder •