Since 2004, the McDowell Music Festival (M3F) has raised & donated over $1 million dollars to local charities. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the two lucky recipients that receives proceeds from this amazing, 100% non-profit music festival. This year, the Hospital received $75,000 from M3F! The Hospital is not the only charity to benefit from the festival; uMom New Day Centers, another Phoenix-based organization, also received a $75,000 contribution from M3F.

The event this year was held at Margaret T Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix on March 3-5, and featured an amazing artist lineup, including The Shins (“New Slang” and “Simple Song“), Grouplove (“Tongue Tied” and “Welcome to Your Life”), Grammy nominee Bob Moses (“Tearing Me Up”), Flume (“Never Be Like You”) and electrofunk duo Chromeo (“Come Alive”). John Largay, the founder of M3F, says, “It’s amazing how our fan base has grown to support this event. We are excited to give back to the community each and every year.”

The local three-day festivities attracted nearly 14,000 people! The beautiful thing about this event every year is how people join together to celebrate our local community, charities and culture — three beliefs that M3F holds very close, and which fuel their dedication to their mission.

Keep an ear open for news about the 15th Annual McDowell Music Festival next spring by visiting their website, and following M3F’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts! In the meantime, check out the videos below to enjoy a sample of some of the finest moments from this year’s event.

The Shins:

Grouplove:

Chromeo:

Whisky Myers:

Flume: