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Carlsbad Music Festival is raising $12,000 to support 120 FREE performances for our 12th season of "adventurous music by the beach."
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Adventurous Music Invades the Village of Carlsbad!

$12K for 120 FREE performances in our 12th season!

Wu Man at Magee Park in 2014
Wu Man at Magee Park in 2014

Carlsbad Music Festival is presenting its 12th annual summer festival of "adventurous music by the beach" August 28-30, 2015 in the beautiful seaside Village of Carlsbad, in addition to our 3rd annual Village Music Walk on June 20, 2015.

In celebration of our 12th season, we're asking your help to raise $12,000 to enable the over 120 FREE events that will make this year’s Festival the best and most successful yet. We are a grassroots 501c(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. While we receive support from the City of Carlsbad, the County of San Diego, and private foundations, donations from individuals like you are our single largest source of funding.

Look what's already been said about CMF:

“one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” -KPBS

“a starry array of new music specialists” -Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise

“magnificently enlightening” -Los Angeles Times

"phenomenal" "you'll think that Carlsbad is the coolest place on earth" -James Chute, U-T San Diego

This Kickstarter campaign will support the FREE Carlsbad Music Festival events this summer, including 120 musical sets by dozens of performers, at both its August 28-30 Festival and June 20 Village Music Walk.

Trouble in the Wind at State & Grand in 2014
Trouble in the Wind at State & Grand in 2014

What we are asking for:

We are asking for your support to make our 12th season our best ever! The August Carlsbad Music Festival and June Village Music Walk are community events, and it takes the support of the community to make them happen. We are raising funds on Kickstarter to directly support these free events that everyone can enjoy this summer.

These FREE events are:

Village Music Walk - Saturday, June 20
30 FREE performances

The Village Walk features 30 musicians playing 60 sets in 6 hours throughout the Village of Carlsbad. An extension of the August Carlsbad Music Festival, the Village Music Walk is an all-ages, free-of-charge, community event that features a wide array of music performed in outdoor and indoor spaces throughout the historic Village of Carlsbad.

30 adventurous bands and ensembles will take part in the free June 20 Village Music Walk. Highlights include: Euphoria Brass Band – a New Orleans traditional jazz brass band with an edgy twist, contemporary classical cellist Jennifer Bewerse, live scores to silent films by madcap multi-instrumentalist Scott Paulson and the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra, Persian classical music by Kourosh Taghavi Trio, and award-winning folk-pop duo The Lovebirds.

Carlsbad Music Festival - Aug 28-30, 2015
30 FREE performances

The August Music Festival, which offers an affordably-ticketed Mainstage concert series to the community, also provides an entirely free-admission extravaganza of concerts throughout the Village of Carlsbad. Dozens of musicians will perform adventurous sets of music, in venues from public parks and parking lots, to local restaurants and stores.

The three-day August Festival will present an amazing line-up of musical performances in the 11-year tradition of previous festivals. Recent seasons have featured world-class performances by David Lang (2008 Pulitzer Prize winner), Dawn of Midi, Steven Schick, Wu Man, Art of Elan, Sacra/Profana, Calder Quartet, Claire Chase (2012 MacArthur Genius Grant winner), Roomful of Teeth, Carolyn Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize winner), and Peter Sprague.

Matt McBane at St. Michael's Chapel in 2014
Matt McBane at St. Michael's Chapel in 2014

These two events are projected to draw and entertain a total of 8000 community members and cultural tourists.

Your donation to this Kickstarter campaign supports the musicians and allows us to present these events for free to the general public.

By pledging a donation and spreading the word about our Kickstarter campaign, together we can make it happen!

Steven Schick conducts David Lang, 2014
Steven Schick conducts David Lang, 2014

What your donation goes to: 

Because these events are free to the community, we depend on generous donations like yours to keep this tradition alive. Every Kickstarter dollar counts and goes towards making the free Village Music Walk and the numerous free events at the August Festival possible.

Your donation to our Kickstarter campaign will primarily go towards performance fees for musicians. In addition, it will be used for production expenses and staffing for both the June and August events. The Festival is a grassroots organization with very low overhead, so you can be sure your money is purely going to support the events you love. 

We need your help to continue to make the Festival a free community event. Pledging to our campaign today will ensure that the Festival will continue to bring amazing, adventurous music to Carlsbad without cost to the public. Keeping these events free and open to all is not possible without the generous support of people like you!

Sacra/Profana at the Boys and Girls Club 2014
Sacra/Profana at the Boys and Girls Club 2014

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 Festival merchandise, to an invitation to a BBQ with the artists, to priority seating at the Festival, to many more. Just look at the long list at the right side of this page to see the fun and valuable rewards we offer. Plus, we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, so your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 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 12th anniversary Festival the best yet!

The Red Fox Tails at Magee Park 2014
The Red Fox Tails at Magee Park 2014

Who We Are: 

 Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501 © (3) organization that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music. CMF is committed to premiering new works, programming fresh and compelling music, and providing professional opportunities for established and emerging performers. Founded in 2004 by composer Matt McBane, CMF strives to enhance Carlsbad, California as a cultural center, engaging diverse audiences and providing wide accessibility by integrating events within community spaces. Now in its twelfth season, CMF has achieved a level of artistic integrity and vision that has been praised as "one of the area’s most innovative music showcases" (KPBS, San Diego's NPR affiliate), “phenomenal” (U-T San Diego), “a starry array of new music specialists” (Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise) and "magnificently enlightening" (Los Angeles Times). In 2010, CMF won ASCAP's Award for Adventurous Programming.

 

Risks and challenges

One benefit of entering our 12th anniversary season is that we’ve had 11 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 great staff and volunteers who smoothly tackle any production challenges that come up.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    • High-five from Fest Founder/Director Matt McBane (redeem at the Festival)
    • Plus program and website acknowledgement.

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    • CMF sticker plus program and website acknowledgement
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    • CMF tote bag (this season's coolest shopping accessory)
    • Download of Matt McBane's choral piece"On and On and" premiered by Sacra/Profana at the 2014 Fest
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    • CMF pint glass
    • CMF poster
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    • CMF T-shirt
    • On-stage acknowledgement at free performance venue of your choice
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    • An invitation to BBQ reception with the Festival Artists
    • Photograph with your favorite Festival Artist
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    • 2015 Festival Poster, autographed by the artists of the Festival
    • Reserved priority seating at ticketed concerts with a purchased ticket
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    • Fund an individual artist appearance at the 2015 Festival, with program and on-stage acknowledgement and coffee with the sponsored artist
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    • Festival Founder/Director Matt McBane will write and record for you a 1-of-a-kind, short, original mini-composition for violin
    • Plus all of the extraordinary gifts on the $1000 list!

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    • Festival Founder Matt McBane (violinist and composer) and Managing Director Kate Oberjat (renowned operatic soprano) will perform in your home (in Southern California) for you and your guests at a mutually agreed upon date
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Funding period

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