I actively support and encourage the saving or re-introduction of Music programs to schools around the country and world, I am involved with many Foundations (not including my own)...BUT now it is time to take this show on the road - with the #iGiveAFunk campaign I want to let it be known “we WON’T complain, we WILL campaign!”
What I want to achieve with the #IGiveAFunk campaign is the following:
I want to tour the world doing concerts to bring attention to #iGiveAFunk.
Together with others, I want to teach the power of music to youth (real music, with real instruments, not just computer generated- music created & played TOGETHER)
While stopping in these communities I plan to use the attention that my the concerts attract in the media to shine a spotlight on different activities/causes in that community and to help them spread their important messages.
#IGiveAFunk wants to partner with different organizations with the same goals, to be the fabric that stitches them together - the way Facebook is the social layer for the internet.
We want to open the 'Bootsy Collins Center for Creative Arts and Innovation' that teaches these principles to youth in our communities and then spread these workshops to our partners in the US and all over the globe.
We'd love to partner with larger organizations and get #iGiveAFunk gear in stores and into the hearts of more people- so you too can show the world that yes, #YOUGiveAFunk!
We’re out to actively Tour the World, touching down in as many cities, states, and countries as possible to spread Unity in the commUnity...the power of music can strengthen bonds and bridge gaps.
To make a difference the simplest thing you can do is “Reach out, and touch somebody!” THIS is what #iGiveAFunk is all about...I will be touring the Globe touching the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of those in my path with that PURE-UNCUT-FUNK-DA-BOMB spreading a message of Unity!
WE ARE READY TO HAVE A FUNKY GOOD TIME!!! IT’S ABOUT THE MUSIC AND THE GROOVEMENT! Spreadin’ the Funk and creating Unity in the CommUnity through this Funky Groovement!
There is a clear void in our society where Good is often overpowered by bad, where Positive is out shined by negative. This campaign is about the end of these things! Cities were built by people working together, and are now being torn down by people divided. We have lost touch of one of The One things that helps make life worth living...UNITY.
This Groovement is being spearheaded by the one and only Bootsy Collins!! FUNK MUSIC LEGEND!!! The Funkiest Bass Player EVER! Legendary member of Parliament-Funkadelic…Oh you know the music… “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under A Groove” and of course “Stretchin’ Out” with his own Bootsy’s Rubber Band! Ahhhhh the name is Bootsy, “Bootzilla,” “Telephone Bill”, “Body Slam.” Bootsy also collaborated with Deee-Lite on their massive hit "Groove Is in the Heart"!!
And now words from the man himself....
Music is one of the things that can help UNITE people when they're divided! I have worked with countless people in the industry...JAMES BROWN, BEYONCE, JAY-Z, FATBOY SLIM, SNOOP DOGG/LION, SHIRLEY MURDOCK, BERNIE WORRELL, JOEL "RAZOR SHARP" JOHNSON, LIL BOW WOW, METHOD MAN & REDMAN, 2PAC, DO OR DIE, NOTORIOUS BIG, MACK 10, SPICE GIRLS, TOO SHORT, GEORGE CLINTON, JON B., ADINA HOWARD, ERICK SERMON, EAZY-E, ICE CUBE, and DR. DRE to name a few...many say that my work is the corner stone of what Good music is today...BUT what GOOD is all of that without...UNITY?
We are ready to lead the world in proclaiming #IGiveAFunk, "I-GIVE-A-FUNK"!
We need to let it be known:
#IGiveAFunk about my music
#IGiveAFunk about artists owning their own work
#IGiveAFunk about artists owning their own image
#IGiveAFunk about our youth
#IGiveAFunk about our health care
#IGiveAFunk about WORLDWIDE TOURING
#IGiveAFunk about seeing THE FUNK
#IGiveAFunk about what is important to YOU
This ain’t no movement, this is a Groovement! If you’ve been out to the show before, then you know, NO MATTER WHAT HAND WE'RE DEALT, WE GIVE UP THE FUNK TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY & WITH THE FANS HELP WE ALWAYS KEEP THE FUNK ALIVE.
What's the $100,000 for?
We need this to enable us to have a better control of our Touring and business as a whole, we have been a part of a continued amount of ventures that we know would touch a lot more lives if people were simply made aware in time to be involved.
This will enable us free reign to go to areas that were normally too expensive for us to visit because of rental expenses, or excessive traveling fees.
During the course of the tour we will be actively engaging communities in a way that we can bring awareness and support to causes within them that are in need of a light to be shined on them. We will be recording these journeys and in the end using the material to product a documentary and album all inspired by the experience.
I'll also be personally taking your Stories to heart and the studio with me as I work on the #IGiveAFunk CD! I plan to record at least 15 tracks that will make sure you live your life as Funky as The One meant it to be!
A few appearances you can expect are:
Keith Cheatham (my MD, formally of the Group "Sun")
Razor Sharp Johnson (does he need any introductions!?!)
Candice Cheatham aka Galax-C (my Lead Vocalist, she's been featured on several of my albums under various aliases)
Risks and challenges
As you may or may not know recording an album can happen sooner or some times later then you expect. Sometimes you're just waiting for that moment, when the One hits you for you to be able to Funk em up and Lay it Down. I got a team of people in place who will do their best to get every item shipped and delivered on time.
To Back my project more than once and receive multiple rewards here are three easy steps:
1) Sign up for another Kickstarter account Via a different E-mail.
2) Choose your pledge and reward.
3) Link your new Kickstarter accounts to the same Amazon account (no need to create a new Amazon account).
Limited Edition Space Bass Pin, you can pin it on ya hat, tie, clothes, gear, all over the place! This will be as close to the look of the space bass as you can get for one of these. It will come numbered!
For my Pioneer Funkateers! This is your ticket to the Funkiest digital listening party ever! We'll add you to a special Google+ Circle that gives you a chance to listen in on Bootsy and other Bootzilla Members as they listen to the potential tracks for the album and the editing of the DVD before anyone else. You will also receive a digital download of the #iGiveAFunk CD/DVD before everyone else!
Autographed, 7" #IGiveAFunk Vinyl. Each Vinyl will come with a number, COA, and Backer only version of the album in a limited edition Funk animated album cover. Just like the old days! Includes 20 page #IGiveAFunk Tour book plus digital download & thank you card.The earlier you purchase the earlier your number. #'s Starting at 20.
Ever wish ya phone had a little more funk when it rang OR your voicemail needed to hit on the One? Well let Bootsy handle that for ya with a custom tone/voice drop! (PLEDGE $150 to get the ring AND voicemail)
Your name on a special part of the site, digital downloads of the CD/DVD combo AND A ONE OF A KIND PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE TOUR! We will print and frame an image from the tour that will not be used or printed for anyone besides YOU! And Bootsy will personally sign it with a message to you!
A special Video shout out to your loved one! Got a Funkateer in your life that you would like to congratulate for Keep'n it On the One for another One? And Digital Downloads of the #IGiveAFunk Album and DVD.
Private meet and Greet with Bootsy Collins and Peppermint Patti after a live show. We'll have a special gift bag for you and have a photo op! And signed pre-order of the physical version of the #IGiveAFunk Album and DVD.
Join us for a Funky Good time! You will have the access to an EXCLUSSIVE CD LISTENING AND DVD WATCH PARTY in Cincinnati, Ohio with the Bootzilla Crew (possibly along with other celebrities)! (Travel and board are not included)
Be a Part of Documented Funk! YOUR photo included in the #IGiveAFunk Tour Book with Bootsy!
Meet & Greet with Bootsy and take a photo that will be included in the #IGiveAFunk Tour Book. Also
includes 2 tickets to the show, limited edition CD, digital download and thank you card.
Halloween Party – October 31, 2013 Strathmore Theatre – Washington, DC - 2 tickets to the show; 2 t-shirts; meet & greet with Bootsy; take photo that will be included in the #IGiveAFunk Tour Book; plus limited edition CD, digital download and thank you card.
Are you a graphic artist who wants to have your work go down in history as part of the #iGiveAFunk Groovement? This perk is your chance to have your design turned into an official #iGiveAFunk shirt with your signature on it. Please contact us with your design idea before pledging.
Bootsy Birthday Bash Concert – October 25, 2013 House of Blues – New Orleans - 4 tickets to the show; House of Blues VIP treatment – no waiting in line, aftershow meet & greet with Bootsy, 4 t-shirts, take photo with Bootsy that will be included in the #IGiveAFunk Tour Book; plus limited edition CD, digital download and thank you card.
Christmas in Colorado with Bootsy: End of the year ultimate Funk Show! Bootsy opens for String Cheese Incident. Come party on Dec. 28th, 2013 at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO. Meet & Greet with Bootsy prior to the show, take photo with Bootsy that will be included in I Give a Funk Tour Book, plus limited edition CD, digital download and thank you card.
1 of a kind and custom by world famous "Tom the Leatherman"! You won't need to fake the funk with this one in ya closet baba! You'll also get the #iGiveAFunk band, signed physical copy of the CD/DVD combo so that you can rep the Funk 24/7!
Your Band the funkiest in your land? Well we'll give you a chance to shine like the star you are! This perk allows you a chance to be the show opener for one of Bootsy Collins and The Funk Unity Band's stops! Before pledging please contact us with a demo for consideration. After the show you'll meet with Bootsy and The Funk Unity Band.
Special Blinged out Fender Bass Autographed by Bootsy, used on stage and given to Sponsor at the end of the show with a COA. We'll also give you 5 each of the following #IGiveAFunk shirts, CD/DVD combo, and bracelets.
Bootsy and Peppermint Patti come to YOUR party/event (US only)! Photo with Bootsy and Patti and your guests. 20 tshirts (personally signed at the party); Approval required prior to appearance confirmation. If party is not approved, money will be refunded. (We'll cover our own flight and room, you must cover transportation to and from venue)
Wrap our tour bus with your logo along with Bootsy Collins Funk Ambassador of The World - No tobacco companies, please contact us for approval. We'll also send you 25 each of the following #IGiveAFunk shirts, CD/DVD combo, and bracelets.
Bootsy Collins' iconic Space Bass (as pictured being held by the Bootsy Girls). This Bass isn't just for show, it's been used in many recordings and live shows...own a piece of Funk History! We truly feel that this is a priceless gift and planned on giving it to a Funkateer but Kickstarter told us that that was a no go. Kickstarter's limit is 10K but you are welcome to back the Funk more by giving more and we'll do some special stuff for you if you do! (if your international, we'll contact you after the campaign to let u know shipping cost)