As the reality of reaching our Kickstarter goal sets in, our excitement is sort of acting as ambition-steroids… and we’d love to be able to hit a grand slam (sorry for the awful analogy, I am not sports people).
Let me put it differently: We want to go everywhere and talk to everyone. These past three weeks have been incredibly affirming, and not just because we’ve actually raised the money we need to keep this project going and expanding.
We can’t sing enough praise for Kickstarter and what it’s doing for independent creativity, not only as a fundraising tool but as an online community. So many people with so many great ideas - we’ve heard from more people across the country about their local folk music communities and the projects they’re working on since launching than we have since starting Folk to Folk this past summer. We’ve also gotten a ton of recommendations of places to go and people to meet.
So before we ask you to keep sharing our project (because we’ve still got over a week to go and the more we raise the more we can do!), here’s a few blogs, organizers and generally awesome things we’ve found out about this month.
Go Folk Yourself (GFY) is a Brooklyn-based volunteer organization focused on promoting local and independent musicians. GFY accomplishes this goal by recording live performances and producing music videos free of cost. Additionally, we interview the artists and write articles published on our website as a resource to discover local, talented musicians.
In Baton Rouge…
American Thrift is dedicated to building community and supporting creativity by booking, promoting and producing live music and art events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
We book/promote/produce shows for touring and local artists specializing in non-traditional spaces (art galleries, listening rooms, houses, theaters, etc.) with hopes to break down the artist/audience divide.
In Eugene, Oregon…
A blog/record company/mixtape making/festival throwing institution. We are told they do big things for the Northwest folk scene. Yum.
In New York…
Acoustic Night NY: A monthly unplugged acoustic series showcasing local artists in different amazing New York spaces.
There are just… so many… It looks like we’re on to something.