The Vinegrass Organization is a not-for-profit music production company, that produces concerts,
camps, workshops, and The Vinegrass Music Festival, in order to raise money for our charitable mission.
The mission is to provide scholarships to students studying music at an accredited 4 year university, with
preference given to study within the American Roots genre. In addition to the scholarships,
we will subsidize camps and workshops, as well as provide instruments to younger students in need. As
the Vinegrass Organization plants their roots fiscally, an annual grant will be awarded to an artist or band
in the Rhythm & Roots genre, with preference to a Cape Cod band/artist.
Founded by Monica Rizzio in 2014, Vinegrass is a lifelong dream for Monica to give back to those who
have helped her become a professional musician.Raised on a ranch in east Texas, Monica always loved music,
but her family's financial means prohibited her from taking music lessons and having instruments.
Her only instrument for the longest time was her voice until she was able to play the flute in
the middle school band. Monica did not learn to play the fiddle, ukulele, or guitar until she was 23,
after graduation from Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Music. She often wonders what may have
been had she been given the opportunity as a child. She has opened the only roots based music school
on Cape Cod, West Bend Music which provides musical instruction for the Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Piano, and Ukulele.