The American music festival industry is a highly developed market which continues to progress even now. This currently expanding market is exponentially larger than it once was at the origins of American music festival in the mid 20thcentury. While the American music festival industry may be a booming business, especially with the recent alleviations of COVID-19 restrictions, one thing that large scale and local companies are not considering is the impact race has on this market, both collectively and individually. While it may appear as though a fun form of music appreciation and recreational activity is not racially biased or discriminatory, it is relevant and necessary to search for a definite confirmation of this in order to provide research to support the betterment of the domestic music festival industry. This essay assumes the task of determining the relationship between race and the individual’s music festival experience.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-6-2022


James N. Maples

Mentor Department Affiliation

Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

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Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

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Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

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