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The KVU is seeded third in the world heading into an international contest in July. They need your help or they may not make it there.
The KVU is seeded third in the world heading into an international contest in July. They need your help or they may not make it there.
114 backers pledged $7,255 to help bring this project to life.

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We'll be brief.

Our video is (mostly) silly. The parts that aren't are those that tell you we need money. The Kentucky Vocal Union has qualified for its fourth-ever Barbershop Harmony Society international chorus contest, but it's many miles from home. It's in Portland, Oregon.

For the uninitiated, the KVU is a men's chorus based out of Louisville, Ky., and we compete in Barbershop Harmony Society contests. Since forming in November 2006, we've been fortunate enough to compete on the BHS's international stage three times: 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (10th place); 2009 in Anaheim, Calif. (13th place, even with a higher score than the previous year); and 2011 in Kansas City, Mo. (sixth place in the world!—two points out of a possible 3,000 out of fifth).

The preliminary contests for July 2012's contest in Portland are complete, and we're seeded third heading into it.

Anyone who has traveled outside of his/her hometown (this should comprise almost everybody except those mythical people that live under rocks) knows that traveling is expensive. Every cent you graciously donate will go exclusively toward offsetting travel costs for our 30-plus members.

If you selflessly donate to our cause, we have some rewards for you that we hope aren't too insulting to your generosity. No need to go through them here. Just check them out on the right.

And for those new to Kickstarter, the funding for this project is all or nothing. If we don't meet our goal of $6,500, we'll receive none of the pledged money, and you won't receive any of the rewards we know you want oh-so-badly.

Most of all, though, we hope we can reward you with an exciting, artistic and all-around unforgettable performance in Portland. Based on our feedback from our performance of The Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You" and Stray Cats' "Rock This Town" last summer, you all thought it was one for the ages. Our set for Portland is already in the works, and we can't wait to share it with you (and no, we can't share anything with you just yet).

If you do your part, we'll make sure we do ours.

That was brief, right?

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James Pennington
Assistant director, Kentucky Vocal Union
pennington.jl [at] gmail [dot] com
twitter.com/pennington_jl

kyvocalunion.org
twitter.com/thekvu
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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank you for your support! Sing a tag any time you see a Kentucky Vocal Union member at a convention (or in public). Other than that, you get nothing except saying you were part of something pretty cool, which is still pretty cool.

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    Digital download of our debut album, “Live It Up!”

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    (1) Digital download of our debut album, “Live It Up!”

    (2)Personalized thank-you note from director Aaron Dale (or any member or members of your choosing) sent on an exclusive Kentucky Vocal Union postcard (or a completely random non-related postcard if you choose).

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    (1) An autographed hard copy of our debut album, “Live It Up!” and a personalized thank-you note.

    (2) A digital copy of the Kickstarter video blooper reel.

    (3) Name goes on donors list on KVU website (kyvocalunion.org). Any donation of at least $25 gets this.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    (1) Digital download of our debut album, “Live It Up!”, a personalized thank-you note, and name goes on donors list on kyvocalunion.org.

    (2) A Kentucky Vocal Union t-shirt.

    (3) A special mixtape of songs the KVU has sung by artists that have inspired the KVU.

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    (1) Autographed hard copy of our debut album, “Live It Up!”, a KVU t-shirt, a personalized thank-you note, a digital copy of the Kickstarter video blooper reel, and name on donors list on kyvocalunion.org.

    (2) Copy of an official BHS scoresheet from a contest where we are officially listed as "Kentucky Vocal Unit" (this actually happened).

    (3) Learn the KVU front row's choreography! We'll send you a video walking through each Temptations-inspired step from "Since I Don't Have You," as performed at the International contest in Kansas City, Mo, July 2011.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    (1) Sponsor gets listed as KVU Sponsor on our website with full name and link to business or personal website and in one future show program—every sponsor of at least $75 gets this.

    (2) Digital download of "Live It Up!", "Kentucky Vocal Unit" scoresheet.

    (3) "The Kentucky Vocal Union’s Official Collection of Inspirational Quotes, As Said in Rehearsals"—a book of real things said in KVU rehearsals. (Available around April or so.)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    (1) Digital download of "Live It Up!", KVU t-shirt, personalized thank-you note, mixtape, front row choreography video, and KVU Sponsor status as listed above.

    (2) Signed 8x10 KVU print (we'll give you a few options).

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    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    (1) Personalized Singing Valentines via video—since we in all likelihood can’t come to you on Valentine’s Day, the whole KVU will record a video valentine for your sweetheart, and you’ll have it to show him/her on Valentine’s Day (or whenever you want). We’ll sing two songs (you pick the songs from our rep) and read any sort of message you want.

    OR

    -A Singing “Valentine” on any holiday (obscure holidays preferred—Arbor Day, Constitution Day, etc.) by The Columbus North High School Memorial Kentucky Vocal Union Unofficial Pick-Up Barber Shop Quartet. We’ll learn songs if you’ve got ‘em.

    AND (2) KVU Sponsor benefits as listed above.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    (1) Either Singing Valentine option, digital download of "Live It Up!"

    (2) KVU Benefactor status: Your name and link to personal or business website will go on the kyvocalunion.org front page.

    (3) Select KVU members will record DVD commentary to all contest performances in KVU history (including district and pre-international sets). This includes never-before-seen footage of the KVU’s first-ever contest performance in March 2007.

    (4) Never-before-seen footage documenting a bunch of Kentucky and Indiana boys traveling to Anaheim, Calif., for a singing competition in 2009. (This will include the few pieces of footage from the night eight KVU members in a 15-passenger van thought would be their last on the impossibly foggy Pacific Coast Highway).

    (5) Possibly-before-seen-but-still-hilarious footage of all of the ridiculous tags ever sung by KVU members—tags sung in animal noises, Spanish, extreme tempos and keys, sung as Rocky Balboa, Pants on the Ground, etc. If you have an idea, we’ll try it for you and film the results.

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    (1) Autographed hard copy of "Live It Up!", "Inspirational Quotes" book (won't ship until April 2012), KVU t-shirt, KVU Benefactor status as listed above, either Singing Valentine option.

    (2) You’ll be given a real classic KVU item: a fedora as it was worn on stage in International competition in 2009.

    (3) A KVU member will draw your portrait, your quartet or your chorus with his left hand (or with his right hand if he’s a southpaw).

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    (1) BOTH Singing Valentine options and KVU Benefactor status as listed above.

    (2) A whole mess of signed 8x10 KVU prints (if you don't want them signed, that's cool too).

    (3) Chorus director and ace arranger Aaron Dale will write a four-measure tag to the lyrics of your choice. The KVU will record the tag, or Aaron will record learning tracks and email them to you.

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    Pledge US$ 350 or more About US$ 350

    (1) Autographed hard copy of "Live It Up!", t-shirt, thank-you postcard, mixtape, front row choreo video, blooper reel, BOTH Valentine options, "Kentucky Vocal Unit" scoresheet, quotes book (will ship separately in April), videos w/ commentary, rare footage, fedora, opposite-handed portrait, signed (or not) 8x10s, custom tag, and KVU Benefactor status.

    (2) A KVU quartet will sing and record a time trials of any song of your choosing. We’ll perfect it until we can sing it in under a minute!

    (3) The Complete Written History of the Kentucky Vocal Union in PDF format, and the audio version read by bass section leader and the KVU’s most smooth-voiced member, Chris Gregory.

    (4) Another classic KVU item: a contest bowling shirt, worn on contest stage twice. Very stylish, both for bowling and barbershop contests.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    (1) All of the above listed in the $350 plateau.

    (2) Select KVU members will make a short film about your life, or a short film on a subject of your choosing.

    (3) The KVU will record a personalized thank-you and perform a two- or three-song concert via video with songs you choose from the KVU's catalog.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    (1) All of the above in the $500 plateau.

    (2) Naming rights to kyvocalunion.org: Your name, your business’ name or whatever you want and a link to your website will appear on the header of our website in a “Sponsored by”-sort of way.

    (3) Your name and business information will be featured prominently in future show programs.

    (4) You will be honored at a KVU ceremony at the International contest in Portland in July, and you will be named the KVU Man/Woman of the Year, joining former Men of the Year Paul Maglinger, Larry Watson, Erek Gillespie and Aaron Dale. Can be honored via video if you won't be there.

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