Created by the State General Assembly, Act #366 of 1965, the purpose of this commission is to educate, discover, develop, train, assist and promote the musical and artistic talents of the area’s citizens; to produce, present, and promote the best in the performing arts through arts organizations and artists; to provide centralized management, administrative and production services and coordinating for its member arts organizations and artists; to coordinate volunteer services for the member arts affiliate organizations; and to serve as an arts council in support of its member affiliate organizations. This purpose statement also serves as the purpose statement for the Columbia Music Festival Association.  


There are six (6) members. City Council appoints two (2) individuals.
 Term of office is four (4) years.
 All appointees must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia.


 Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month.

Committee Members:

Term Ends
Chris Wormley1
October 2019
Basil Garzia1
August 2021
(#) denotes number of term

Contact Info:

Mr. John Whitehead
Executive Director
914 Pulaski Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-6303
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