This year, marks the 8th anniversary of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF). Established in 2005, this event has grown from a parking lot to the largest Hip-Hop cultural event in New York City on the Brooklyn Downtown waterfront that attracts over 20,000 Hip-Hop fans to the Borough of Kings annually.
The only event of its kind, The Festival is produced by Brooklyn Bodega and staffed by 90% volunteers and family-run. In a world where being a Hip-Hop artist has become synonymous with being a corporate citizen; The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a throwback to the DIY, entrepreneurial spirit of Hip-Hop.In 2011 the Festival accomplished the unbelievable, a bill that boasted the legendary Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) for a special “& Friends” presentation. The Festival stage was blessed by the likes of Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought (of The Roots) and more – all for a general admission ticket price of $15.
Because of last year’s accomplishment, the bar has been set very high for us. A combination of production and talent costs are threatening the Festival’s mission statement of keeping ticketing affordable.
Click here for a full calendar of events and information on the 2012 headlining presentation of “Busta & Friends”
-------We are appreciative of help from our sponsors but it is honestly not enough. We produce this event from the rooter to the tooter. That means we are responsible for everything from insurance and permits to backline and hospitality to Porta Pottys and marketing. The easy play for us would be to raise the ticket price and pass the cost along to our patrons. Problem with that is, events of such a nature bring a homogenized crowd. Young families to kids from Farragut Projects around the corner will be locked out. Representing the vast diversity of Brooklyn is where we draw our strength.
Our Executive Director loves to tell the story (over and over again) of how growing up in the South Bronx, Hip-Hop was free (as long as your Mom let you stay out late). That low financial barrier to entry is what gave Hip-Hop its power. Our songs of revolution resonated from Hunt’s Point to Compton. That is our mission. Not to be another cog in the machine but to continue to be the voice of the people, the voice of the revolution.With your help, we can continue to keep this event affordable, putting legends and up-and-coming Hip-Hop talent on a stage that is accessible to all no matter their social or economic status.
-------------------Your part in this: Brooklyn Bodega is calling on like-minded Bodega Soldiers to put their money where their mouth is and get some skin in the game. We also ask that you share our message or maybe donate a bit of time.
At the end of the day The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is for the people by the people. Let’s keep it that way.
-----------------Goal Uno: $15,000 – immediate: applied toward Talent Fees, Production Costs, Marketing Costs, Insurance, Permits and those little hot dogs in a croissant so our staff can eat.
Goal Dos: $30,000 – mid-term: little duns funds, create more discounted ticket programs. pay volunteer staff who donate time.
Goal Tres: $75,000 – long-term: next year, keep Festival affordable, create year-round satellite events, head start for 2013 planning
Larger gifts and tax deductions: If you are interested in supporting this project at a higher level, or interested in receiving tax deductions for your support, please get in touch with Pamela Bishop to discuss further opportunities.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the park this July!
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