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Carlsbad Music Festival is presenting its 10th anniversary festival of "adventurous music by the beach" on September 20-22, 2013.

What we are asking for:

We are asking for your support to make our 10th anniversary Festival on September 20-22, 2013 our best ever! This is a community event and it takes the support of the community to make it happen.

The Festival will feature 50+ performances in 3 days including:
-Friday night Village Music Walk in a dozen venues
-Saturday and Sunday concerts in Magee Park, Carlsbad Village Theatre and St. Michael's Chapel

We're announcing the 2013 Artists here during the Kickstarter campaign via updates. So far we've announced:
-Steven Schick
-Claire Chase (2012 MacArthur Genius Grant winner)
-Roomful of Teeth
-Carolyn Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize winner)
-Peter Sprague with Gilbert Castellanos
-plus many many more TBA in the coming weeks

Who we are:

The Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501 c(3) non-profit that supports adventurous music. Each September, we find the most interesting and compelling musicians and composers across genres and bring them to the lovely beachside town of Carlsbad, California to perform, create and collaborate. Last year, we had 35 performances over the course of the Festival weekend drawing over 3000 people.

We’re really happy with what the Festival has become in our first 10 years: both a community event that brings people together to explore adventurous music in the Village of Carlsbad, and an organization that is a nationally significant facilitator and presenter of some of the most interesting creative music being made today.

The Festival was founded in 2003 by composer Matt McBane in his hometown of Carlsbad.

Our first 10 years:

This year we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary season! We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in these 10 years. We’ve commissioned 15 pieces from some of the most interesting young composers from around the world, including many for our Founding Ensemble-in-Residence, the Calder Quartet. We've presented the West coast premieres of several important pieces, and the West coast debuts of many young ensembles and composers who have gone on to wider acclaim. We were awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. And we've been praised in the press with the LA Times calling the Festival “magnificently enlightening,” the Union-Tribune calling it “phenomenal” and KPBS calling it “one of the area's most innovative music showcases.”

What your donation goes to:

It takes a lot of resources to put on our Festival each year, including the performance and transportation fees for musicians that travel from across the country to perform at the Festival, commissioning fees for new works, 3 year-round part time staff members, and the production expenses in mounting the Festival including production staff, and venue and instrument rentals.

We need your help to continue to make the Festival a true community event. Pledging to our campaign today will ensure that the Festival will continue bring amazing, adventurous music to Carlsbad, with many free performances in addition to our paid concerts including the Village Music Walks, concerts in Magee Park, and educational outreach events in the Carlsbad Schools. Keeping these events free and open to all is not possible without the generous support of people like you.

What you get in return for your donation:

In addition to helping the make the Festival the best it can be, donating to our Kickstarter campaign has some great rewards for you: from downloads of music, to an invitation to a BBQ with the artists, to priority seating at the Festival, to a piece of music composed and recorded just for you. Plus, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit, so all your donations are tax-deductible.

So, please help us create this unique community event by pledging a donation and spreading the word about this Kickstarter campaign. Together, we can make our 10th anniversary Festival best yet!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One benefit of entering our 10th anniversary season is that we’ve had nine years of experience putting on the Festival. Funding for a small non-profit is always challenging, but the Festival continues to grow its budget allowing us to mount more ambitious Festivals each year. This Kickstarter campaign will help with the funding challenges. We consistently bring in fascinating and highly talented musicians, and are proud to be a respected part of the larger Southern California music scene. We also have a great staff and volunteers who are able to smoothly tackle any production challenges that come up.

And, well, it could rain. It hasn’t yet, and September rain in Carlsbad is historically rare, but if so, we'll move things inside.

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