Welcome to Kentucky Music Week

June 19 - 24, 2022


Dear Friends of Kentucky Music Week,

I am deeply saddened to announce that we will be unable to hold KMW this summer, June 20 – 25, 2021. We received notice from our school system that Nelson County Schools will be holding classes throughout the summer for those students that have fallen behind due to remote learning. We will not be able to use any of their buildings, including our high school location, this coming June.

We have also had over 10 instructors cancel for this summer due to fear of Covid-19. They have confirmed for June 19 – 24, 2022, same classes.

Third reason, Kentucky is still experiencing many new cases of Covid-19 and multiple deaths each day. Kentucky also has not lifted the ban on large gatherings.

Any one of these reasons would keep us from holding KMW, but all three give me no choice but to postpone again until 2022. Please know that your classes are secure, and if you want to change classes during the coming year that would be fine. Just email us and we will make the changes when possible. Several classes are already full and closed.

Concerning motel and campground reservations – you will need to call your lodging location and change your reservation to June 19 – 24, 2022. Please visit our Lodging page for more information.

Again, I regret this decision more than you know! Thank you for understanding.

My best,
Nancy Barker & KMW Staff

Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 150 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone!

Festivities begin with a huge welcome party and jam session Sunday evening. Week-long evening activities include concerts by instructors, open stage opportunities for participants, bonus afternoon workshops, lots of jams, an opportunity to visit area attractions, old-time cake walk, campground jam, Mardi Gras Party and Finale’ Jam!

A wonderful week is planned full of music classes, jammin’, making new friends and seeing old ones again in beautiful, historic Bardstown, Kentucky.


Nelson County High School will be our class locations for 2021! Nelson County High is all on one floor, with three parking lots for over 700 cars, access to all the classroom space we need for instructors, a large gym for vending and a smaller gym for dance classes, and so much more!

Nelson County High School was our host location last summer. The school is beautiful and has the feel of a new school. We are sure you will love our location again this year.
1070 Bloomfield Road
Bardstown, KY 40004

Our host hotels this year are the "Hampton Inn" and the (new name, same motel) "Sure Stay Best Western General Nelson" in Bardstown, along with several others listed on our Lodging page. You MUST say you are with Kentucky Music Week in order to receive our discounted rate! Also, be sure to tell the hotel/motel any special needs you might have.

My Old Kentucky Home Campground and White Acres Campground are our camp grounds for this year. The Campground Jam (held Monday night) will be at the pavilion at White Acres Campground. There are other camping sites in and around Bardstown, however, these are the best!

You must make your own reservations with the motels or campgrounds directly. Phone numbers and other information can be found on our Lodging page. Jamming information will also be listed with each motel OR you can join the larger jams at Sure Stay Best Western General Nelson and Hampton Inn.

Some hotels and campgrounds will fill up early, however, there are always cancellations closer to KMW. There are also a number of Air B & B's in Bardstown. Please contact us if you need help at info@kentuckymusicweek.com.

Breakfast is usually included with your motel rooms. Hampton Inn and Sure Stay Best Western General Nelson offer a full breakfast buffet. Most others have Continental breakfast items. There are many restaurants around Bardstown that offer a really good breakfast including Cracker Barrel, the Stephen Foster Restaurant, Mammy's Kitchen, and more.

Lunch offers several options: lunches will be catered in each day for those that want to purchase the lunch plan; you can purchase items from the concession stand; area restaurants are a short drive away or bring your own to the school.

The KMW lunch plan offers a different option each day. These include fried or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, slaw and biscuit, Italian buffet with salad and bread, sandwiches with pasta salad, slaw, and chips, and more! All lunches come with dessert and either iced tea, lemonade or bottled water. If you have food allergies, need a vegetarian option, or special food requirements you may not want the KMW lunch plan.

Luncheon Salads are available at the concession stand with day-before pre-order. Concession stand is located right across the hall from the cafeteria and you are welcome to eat lunch there if you want.

Supper is on your own, however, there are many restaurants throughout Bardstown that are close to motels. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided in your Welcome Packet. Some restaurants give discounts to Kentucky Music Week participants! Your KMW name badge is your ticket for these discounts.

There is rarely a dull moment at Kentucky Music Week. Sunday, after you check in, there is a Welcome Party and JAM at the school. Great music and jam leaders, with hot snacks, and drinks available throughout the evening.

Monday evening is our Campground Jam at White Acres Campground. There is a large pavilion so rain or wet grass is not a factor. Lots of parking, too. Bring your own folding chairs and anything else you might need.

Tuesday and Thursday are our concert nights, held at nearby Parkway Baptist Church. This is a wonderful location with plenty of room for parking, etc.

Wednesday night you are on your own! Area stores will be staying open late, as well as downtown art galleries. Jam opportunities will be happening at various locations and area attractions (including the Stephen Foster Story) will be going on during this time.

Friday night is our Grand Finale' Jam at host hotels. It's always a big party night and one last chance to join together to play some favorite tunes!

Please check out our new online learning school, Kentucky Music Institute. Artists sharing their timeless skills in visual arts and music.