The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation (SJIRF) presents its fourth internet-based concert (SSN4) to support artists with limited live music options due to Covid-19. We invite you to tune in Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:15 PM (eastern) time to view performances by Martin Spitznagel and Mimi Blais, along with SJIRF Artistic Director, Bryan Wright who serves as host.
While the SJIRF has provided each performer with a small stipend for their time and talent, any ‘tips’ you can offer will be greatly appreciated by the artists. Links to tip using a credit card on the internet are shown with the YouTube or Facebook posts...and our Donate page here on scottjoplin.org
Or, you can mail a donation to:
Syncopated Saturday Night
Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation
PO Box 1244
Sedalia, MO 65302
100% of donations will be evenly divided by the evening’s artists!
To view SSN4 on YouTube, copy or click this link:
or our YouTube home page link:
To view this on Facebook: watch it at
For more information on Martin Spitznagel:
For more information on Mimi Blais:
Mimi's Spotify Link
Mimi's YouTube channel
For more information about Bryan Wright:
February 10, 2021: News regarding the 2021 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival
The 2021 Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID and the safety of our performers, patrons, and volunteers.
To assist the SJRF Board in determining the best course of action regarding the 2021 Festival, a survey was distributed to several hundred performers, donors, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers soliciting opinions on various options including:
The Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation Board is now accepting nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award in Ragtime. The award is presented to the person(s) or organization that has made exceptional contributions to performance, research, support, education or advancement of the ragtime genre.
Nominee submissions should include letters of recommend-ation, a list of accomplishments, and contact information for the nominee. We will also need the contact information for the person submitting the nomination.
Submissions should be sent to the Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation at P O Box 1244, Sedalia MO 65302 or via email to SJFSedalia@gmail.com . The deadline for submissions is March 31. The recipient of the award will be announced during a future Syncopated Saturday Night performance.
Past recipients can be found here.
The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation (SJIRF) Board of Directors will determine the date of the next Festival by an announcement on or before February 15, 2021. The scheduled dates are June 2-5, 2021.
However, concerns about the infection rate of the Covid virus and availability of a vaccine may cause a cancellation or postponement. The Board must make a decision by March 1 in order to be reimbursed for any contracts, rentals or commitments it has made for the June dates.
The SJIRF will notify fans and interested parties by posting an update here as well as on our Facebook page. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to continue your diligence in guarding against the virus.
In support of artists challenged by COVID performance cancellations, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation (SJIRF) presents the Second Edition of Syncopated Saturday Night. Brian Holland & Danny Coots, the Taslimah Bey Trio, and host Bryan Wright welcome you to their homes for Ragtime and music genres influenced by Ragtime. The concert can be viewed either on our Facebook page or, in High Definition, on our YouTube page: Scott Joplin YouTube Home Page. The DIRECT link to the January 23 Concert Is: Here
While the SJIRF has provided each performer with a small stipend for their time and talent, you can provide additional 'tips' by donating NOW at our web site https://www.scottjoplin.org/donate.html. 100% of donations go to today's performers.
You can also mail a donation to the: Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation PO Box 1244 Sedalia, MO 65302
For more information on Holland & Coots:
For more information on Taslimah Bey:
For more information about Bryan Wright:
You can scroll the multi page document below, highlighting the Festival's impact on the community.