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Thousands of Unity Christian Music Festival audience members surround the outdoor main stage at a past festival.

MUSKEGON – Unity Christian Music Festival officials announced the rescheduling of their 2020 event.

“Based on the current COVID/quarantine situation and the restrictions on events, we are very sad to announce the Unity Christian Music Festival/20th Anniversary Celebration will not be taking place this summer, but will be rescheduled for August 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2021”, said festival director Kevin Newton.

“While we know this news is a huge disappointment to many families in West Michigan, we also believe that this one time change will only make it more special when we are together again next year”, Newton said. “With the COVID-19 situation still very much driving many decisions, we do not want to ask our fans, artists, staff, volunteers or vendors to take any of the risks that may come from a huge event.”

Newton added that the 20th year of Unity was planned to be a special celebration, with Unity becoming one of the country’s largest Christian music events, but also of the milestone achievement of donating a total of $1 million to area Christian ministries.

“Unity exists to support area ministries and for 20 years that has been our focus,” Newton said. “While we will have to delay this celebration, we know it will be even more special when we can gather together next summer and see all that God has done.”

Community support will be critical in helping Unity survive a year with no event, according to Newton.

“In order for Unity to stay in business, we will need financial donations. Our ministry exists to support our partner ministries who are working every day to provide critical services and the love of Christ, to West Michigan. When you help Unity, you not only help keep our much loved festival operating, you also help these wonderful ministries continue to build the support they need”, Newton explained.

“The festival is a non-profit that gives money to ministries. The majority of our yearly profits go directly to our ministry partners. In our first 19 years, we have donated close to $1 million to area ministries.”

“As recently as this spring, we have given financial gifts of nearly $80,000 to keep our ministry partners viable during the health/economic crisis. While we have some reserve funds to cover contingencies, this crisis goes well beyond any normal planning scenarios and is threatening the existence of many businesses and organizations. A festival season with zero income is a huge loss. We know that people love the festival and would like to see us be able to continue to promote future Festivals and concerts. For that to happen, we will need financial donations and support from our Unity family and the community”.

Newton mentioned that Unity is Muskegon’s largest annual event and brings in millions of dollars to the local economy each year. Between 50,000-60,000 visitors attend the four days of Unity each summer, filling area hotels and campgrounds to capacity.

Newton added that a donation account has been set up and can be accessed from the festival webpage:

https://www.unitymusicfestival.com/donate/

For those who have already purchased tickets, the following options are offered:

Option 1 - Hold Ticket for 2021

By default, all tickets will automatically move to the event’s new dates — August 11-14, 2021. If a buyer wants to simply hold their ticket for 2021, no action is necessary. These customers will have a 2021 ticket and protection from any possible future price increases.

Option 2- Donate Ticket Cost

Buyers should have receive an email from Unity Christian Events to the email address used to purchase their tickets. That email listing the options of donating your ticket purchase or requesting a refund, it would have includde a link to complete that process.

Tickets that are donated will be considered a donation to “Alive On The Lakeshore”, a 501©3 non-profit. As such, the amount of the donation would generally be considered tax deductible.