At the Rhode Island Foundation Endowing The Newport Music Festival

Even after 36 years of directing The Newport Music Festival, Mark P. Malkovich III’s enthusiasm for each season never wavered. Every year, my father would proclaim, "This year is the best ever, son.” He was always excited to reconnect with the artists he considered family and to introduce new artists to the community.

Mark Malkovich IV

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Traveling in Minnesota last spring, Mark P. Malkovich III was in a car accident and passed away just before the start of the 2010 Festival.
A first generation American, the son of Serbian and Slovenian immigrants, Mark grew up in Eveleth, Minnesota. At an early age, he discovered a love for classical music studying the clarinet and piano. Mark took advantage of the GI Bill to major in chemistry at Columbia, but kept a hand in music, studying both in school and privately with Adele Marcus of The Juilliard School. In New York, he met his beloved wife Joan at a concert and together they began a
tradition of entertaining friends with concerts in their apartment. Their first piece of furniture was a grand piano.
Mark’s career in the chemical industry brought the Malkovich family to Europe and then Newport, but his profession soon changed when he was asked to run the Festival. A born promoter, Mark ensured the Festival’s tremendous success; for the first time in years the event finished in the black. It was no surprise that Mark was asked to stay on permanently. Under his tenure, the Festival debuted international artists and resurrected the careers of forgotten musicians, evolving into a beloved Rhode Island summer mainstay that attracts thousands of visitors to Newport each year.
Mark’s son commented on establishing this organizational endowment at the Foundation. “We like to partner with excellence, and the Foundation’s sterling reputation made it the only choice. We plan to grow this memorial fund to help position the Festival for the long-term, and the Foundation provides a solid platform for launching this effort.”
He concludes, “My father loved his family dearly – his immediate family and his ‘family of artists.’ He understood the importance of investing in people, and if we can continue to share the gift of music with people and encourage others to support this mission, we know we’ll be OK.”
Reprinted from the Rhode Island Foundation Annual Report 2010
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Keep the Music – and the Tradition – Alive in Newport

Support the Mark P. Malkovich, III Memorial Fund At the Rhode Island Foundation

Every summer in Newport, hundreds of people experience the delight of chamber music played in the city’s most inspired venues.

You can ensure the magic continues.

Gifts to the Mark P. Malkovich III Memorial Fund directly support the Newport Music Festival, allowing us to secure the very best artists and performance spaces and to attract broad audiences.

Gifts of all sizes will make a lasting impact. That’s because the Mark P. Malkovich III Memorial Fund is an endowment – a permanent fund created to support the Festival forever.
By Mail: The preferred way to give is to send a check to the Newport Music Festival, P.O. Box 3300, Newport, RI, 02840. Note the gift is to support the Mark P. Malkovich III Memorial Fund. Or send a check, payable to the Rhode Island Foundation, to Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI, 02903. Note that your gift is to support the Malkovich Fund.
Giving is easy.
Online: Visit the Rhode Island Foundation website,, and select the “Donors” tab, then choose “Contribute Online.” Click the named fund button, and scroll down to choose the Mark P. Malkovich, III Memorial Fund.
You can support the Newport Music Festival not only with cash, but other gifts, including:
• Stocks, bonds, and most mutual funds • Life insurance • Retirement plan assets, such as 401(k) plans and IRAs
The Rhode Island Foundation may accept other types of assets, and can help with bequests, charitable gift annuities, and other legacy gifts to the Mark P. Malkovich, III Memorial Fund.
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The Rhode Island Foundation may accept other types of assets, and can help with bequests, charitable gift annuities, and other legacy gifts to the Mark P. Malkovich, III Memorial Fund.
Every gift makes a difference.
For more information on giving, contact Wendy Lawton at the Rhode Island Foundation at 401-427- 4041 or
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2012, the Foundation made grants of more than $30.4 million to organizations addressing Rhode Island’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping our state reach its true potential. For more information, visit