A special welcome to anyone who’s come to our website after hearing about the festival on WDAD AM this morning. We’re excited to have you here!
It’s December 26. We’ve got 19 days to raise the remaining $4,030 to make the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival a reality. Here’s what you can do to help:
1. Become a backer
First things first: if you haven’t already, go on over to Kickstarter and become a backer of the Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival.
What does it mean to be a “backer”? On Kickstarter, it means you’ve made a monetary pledge to support the project, if we reach our $6,000 funding goal. If we don’t make it to $6,000 by January 15—none of our backers pays anything (and, sadly, there’s no festival either).
You can back the festival for as little as one dollar, but once you get up to $25, we’ve got rewards for you: bumper stickers, t-shirts, lithographs, theater rentals, even a 90-minute concert by Dad Band. (Of course, if the Kickstarter doesn’t succeed, those rewards don’t happen, either.)
Not ready to take the leap to becoming a backer yet? We hope we can convince you soon (make sure you read through the Kickstarter page and watch our video). But in the meantime, read on to see some other ways you can support the festival, with or without becoming a backer.
2. Follow us on social media, then like and share our posts
We’re on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Google+: however you like to get social online, we’re probably there. Give us a follow and we’ll keep you up to date on our progress. Following also helps us become more visible on social media: when your friends see you following us, you’ll be giving our message a wider reach.
Want to go further? When you see post from the festival, like it and/or make a comment. Pick a couple of posts to share with your friends. Because Facebook favors posts with lots of activity around them, liking, commenting, and sharing will increase our reach even more.
3. Share the Kickstarter page
If you’re going to just share one thing with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, our Kickstarter page (http://kck.st/1gw5ERL) is the one to share. There are even share buttons on the page that make sharing easy.
4. Become a sponsor
We are looking for businesses and organizations to become sponsors. In return, we can include your name, logo, and/or a link to your website on our online and print materials. Top-level sponsors can get their logo on the festival t-shirt, brochure, or even on the stage. We’re happy to discuss other kinds of recognition and partnerships.
We are also seeking businesses or organizations who can provide additional rewards for our Kickstarter backers. Dinner for two, event tickets, gift certificates, free services—these kinds of donations can really help us attract more funds though Kickstarter.
If you, your business, or your organization would like to become a sponsor or provide a Kickstarter reward, let us know by filling out our contact form.
5. Come to our fundraiser and invite your friends.
On January 9 from 6:00-8:00pm, we’re holding a fundraising night at The Artists Hand Gallery in downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania.
If you haven’t become a backer yet, it will be a great time to become one. (We’ll even have tech support there to help you with the Kickstarter website if you need help.)
If you’re already a backer, come on down anyway. We’d love to meet you! (And bring some friends!)
If you’re going and you’re on Facebook, head over to the event page and mark yourself as going. It will help us plan and give the event more visibility on Facebook.
6. Talk it up
Let people know about the festival and if you’ve backed it, let them know that, too. We’ve discovered that you can’t tell in advance who’s going to jump at the chance to support an event like this. Some are jazz and blues fans, some like a good festival, some just want to support downtown Indiana. Let people know, and send them our way.