The PARMA Music Festival is an annual celebration of the best in contemporary music, from classical and  jazz to electronic and rock and much more. With everything from live music to panel discussions to visual art and educational events, the Festival brings together a diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.


The non-profit Festival’s mission is to present compelling and eclectic music in diverse live settings to new and existing audiences, all while showcasing the beauty and culture the Seacoast has to offer. Each summer the Festival brings artists, composers, students, ensembles, and performers from all over the world to Seacoast NH to perform a wide variety of music in traditional and non-traditional venues.


The Festival also partners with local and international arts organizations to program these unique concerts. While showcasing both local and international talent, multiple genres of music are presented from the concert hall to the local bar, with many surprising experiments and educational opportunities along the way.


The city-wide musical showcase is the brainchild of PARMA Recordings, a New England-based music company specializing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and commercial recordings as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing, and licensing and publishing. The Festival is part of PARMA Recordings’ continuing mission to bring fresh and interesting music to new audiences in a variety of formats.



“We are putting Portsmouth on the map for contemporary music – a high-energy, genre-bending cross-section of local and international acts, from classical to electronica, jazz to rock – composers, musicians and fans can explore, create, and connect at concerts, talks, and over cocktails. Come be a part of it!”


– Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings and Festival Producer

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PARMA Music Festival, Inc.  is a 501(c)3 tax exempt not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.