In 2008, the FirstARTS series was established as an outreach to the Salisbury community and beyond. Now beginning its ninth season, FirstARTS has hosted musicians, ensembles and artists from across the United States, including the Adaskin String Trio, New York sopranos Tami Petty and Mari-Yan Pringle, Thomas Bagwell of the Metropolitan Opera, The Merling Trio, Giannini Brass, pianist Matthew Manwarren, baritone Markus Beam, the Ciompi String Quartet, and renowned church musician and composer, Richard Webster. The series also includes an annual Concert for Community Collaboration which raises awareness through a community-wide appeal for a local charitable organization. Previous concerts have benefited Glenn Kiser Hospice House, Food for Thought, Inc., Rowan Care Alliance, Family Crisis Council, and Rowan County's One Church One Child. The annual event has collectively raised over $75,000 for these important causes. All concerts are free and open to the public.