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Be a Superhero: Help Laurie Berkner bring 5 of her beloved concerts to kids in need in 2017, from hospitals to special needs schools!
Be a Superhero: Help Laurie Berkner bring 5 of her beloved concerts to kids in need in 2017, from hospitals to special needs schools!
551 backers pledged $38,220 to help bring this project to life.

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My new album, Superhero, has gotten me thinking about ways that everyday people are Superheroes. There are lots of opportunities for small acts of kindness to create a Super impact in the world, and I want to create something that brings people together through those acts.

I've had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful kids in my 20+ years of being a children's musician, and time and again I meet kids who face big challenges, from illnesses to disabilities to developmental delays. These kids inspire me so much in their bravery, strength, and their passion to be the best they can be. I've also gotten to see the unique way that my music plays a role in many children's lives: it can be a motivator, a comfort, a means of communication, or simply a break from a difficult day. I receive requests from people all over the country to come play my concerts at their hospitals and special needs schools and to meet the kids who have been touched by my music.

That's why I've decided to produce 5 concerts for children in hospitals or special needs schools in 2017. 

Normally, when we put on a concert, ticket sales cover the costs to produce the show. For these shows, where of course we aren’t selling tickets, we’re asking for YOUR help to underwrite the expenses for these fully-produced concerts. I will be donating my performances, and your pledges will go to producing the shows and this campaign.

Expenses: 

  • Sound and stage equipment - we will rent and transport sound equipment that we do not own (microphones, sound board, speakers, cabling, backup guitar for concerts where we fly, etc) as necessary. We've had a generous offer from a wonderful supporter of our previous Kickstarter campaign, John Babina from 203 Brands, to donate a sound system that we will be able to travel with for the local shows, so we just need to supplement.
  • Travel expenses: transportation (coach plane/train/bus tickets), van rentals, equipment/set/props shipping, hotels, and meals for the crew.
  • Insurance (required by law)
  • A sound person to set up, coordinate, mix, and monitor the show in order to make sure it's just right for young ears.
  • A Tour Manager to set up and book all travel, ship the set and equipment, arrange/book the rental equipment, coordinate the set-up/break down, work with the schools and hospitals to be sure everything is safe and comfortable for the kids, and make sure things run smoothly at the shows.
  • Administrative help to coordinate directly with the hospitals and special need schools. This is to plan the visit and to be sure we are prepared for any specific needs of the facility, or the kids for whom I'll be performing.

ALL funds earned in this campaign will go directly to these concerts and to cover the costs of running this campaign (no profit is being made by the campaign either by Laurie or Two Tomatoes Records). We will be carefully tracking all expenses, and if any additional funds remain, they will go to either adding more concerts in 2018 or to making the 5 concerts in 2017 extra special.

We will release a breakdown of all costs to our backers once the shows have been played and expenses have been tallied so you can see how your funds were allocated.

For $35,000 we can:

  • Produce 3 high-quality concerts within 100 miles of NYC. (34% of funding)
  • Produce 2 high-quality concerts anywhere within the U.S. (which require additional travel costs). (30% of funding)
  • Cover the manufacturing costs our rewards (plus shipping) (20% of funding)
  • Cover Kickstarter and Amazon's fees. (9% of funding)
  • Cover the administrative costs of running this campaign (7% of funding)
Costs Breakdown
Costs Breakdown

I'd like to invite you to be a Superhero by becoming a backer and helping bring music to thousands of wonderful children!

An Extra Special Bonus:

Each time we hit $1000 in funding (which will all go directly to funding these concerts!), we will donate an entire box of my new Superhero albums to a special needs school or hospital! This way, even though I can only physically go to five hospitals or special needs schools next year, with your help I'll be able to send my music to even more children who need it most.

We'll take suggestions for where to send the boxes here and on our Facebook page - we'll add your suggestions to a hat and pull a new one every time we hit an additional $1000 in funding!

Rewards Photos:

Superhero Album
Superhero Album

 These wall decals were generously donated by John Babina at 203 Brands, along with a portable sound system for the local shows:

Laurie Berkner Rocketship Wall Decals
Laurie Berkner Rocketship Wall Decals

 

Party Day Wall Decals
Party Day Wall Decals

 

Bumblebee Wall Decals
Bumblebee Wall Decals

 

Dinosaur Wall Decals
Dinosaur Wall Decals

 

                                     
Superhero Capes
Superhero Capes

 

                                     
Box of 30 Superhero CDs
Box of 30 Superhero CDs

 

                                     
Tell Laurie Where To Go
Tell Laurie Where To Go

Want to help in some way that we haven't mentioned? Contact us and let us know your ideas!

Watch The "Superhero" Music Video

 

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges of this project will be making sure we have the proper equipment to support concerts in places that may not have much experience with hosting this type of event. Since we will be traveling to schools, hospitals, and other potentially non-concert venues, we will need to be sure we can support quality sound and accommodate everyone comfortably and safely. The venues will also likely be different sizes, so we will need to be sure we have the proper equipment and support - all within our tight budget!

We also realize that kids in hospitals or with other special needs may sometimes have different needs during the concert that we will want to accommodate in order to make the experience fun, safe, and comfortable.

Luckily, we have a great team of out-of-the-box thinkers who are ready to work with the venues to accommodate the needs of the venues, the kids, and the event itself.

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    Your Organization On Our Website!

    Help a special needs school or hospital of your choosing by getting it out there! We'll add the name of your organization (and a link!) to our website (www.LaurieBerkner.com) so people can learn about it and the best ways to support it!

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    Gift "Superhero" To A Child In Need

    We'll send a CD to a child in need. We'll be sending boxes of 30 CDs to hospitals and special needs schools (we'll choose the organizations from your suggestions on Facebook). Your pledge will add a CD to one of these boxes! A great way to put a smile on a child's face!

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    2 "Superhero" Album Downloads!

    Get 2 downloads of the new "Superhero" Album: one for you and one to gift to anyone who would enjoy it! Don't know who to gift your copy to? Let us know, and we will donate it for you.

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    2 SIGNED "Superhero" Albums!

    Get 2 autographed copies of the new "Superhero" Album: one for you and one to donate to a special needs school, hospital, or anyone who would enjoy it! Laurie Berkner will lovingly sign both copies. Don't know who to gift it to? That's okay! Let us know you'd like us to donate it and we will give it to a child in need.

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    2 SIGNED Albums & WALL DECALS!

    Get 2 autographed copies of the new "Superhero" Album: one for you and one to donate to a special needs school, hospital, or anyone who would enjoy it! Laurie Berkner will lovingly sign both copies. PLUS a pack of awesome Laurie Berkner wall decals to decorate your room! We will choose from one of our four kinds for you (Dinosaurs, Rocketship, Bumblebee, or Party Day)

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    2 SIGNED Albums & 2 Superhero Capes

    Get 2 autographed copies of the new "Superhero" Album and 2 Laurie Berkner Band Superhero Capes. As always, makes a great gift! Laurie Berkner will lovingly sign both copies of the album.

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    4 SIGNED Albums & 4 Superhero Capes

    Get 4 autographed copies of the new "Superhero" Album and 4 Laurie Berkner Band Superhero Capes. As always, makes a great gift! Laurie Berkner will lovingly sign all 4 copies of the album.

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    A Birthday Phone Call from Laurie

    Laurie will call your child on or around their birthday! She'll sing "Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday" and wish your child a very happy day. Plus, you'll receive 2 autographed copies of "Superhero" - one to keep and one to gift! Earliest delivery will be November 15th, 2016.

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    A Birthday Video Call from Laurie

    Laurie will Facetime or Skype with your child on or around their birthday! She'll sing "Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday" and wish your child a very happy day. Plus, you'll receive 2 autographed copies of "Superhero" - one to keep and one to gift! Earliest delivery will be November 15th, 2016.

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    Donate A Box Of "Superhero" Albums!

    A $300 value! Be a superhero to kids in need and donate a box of 30 CDs to your choice of special needs school or hospital. You tell us the organization and address and we will ship a whole box with a card that says you backed the project in their name!

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    Donate 2 Boxes of "Superhero" Albums!

    A $600 value! Be a superhero to kids in need and donate 2 boxes of 30 CDs each to your choice of special needs school or hospital! We can send them all to the same location, or two different locations. You tell us the organizations and addresses and we will ship each box with a card that says you backed the project in their name!

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    A Personalized Video From Laurie!

    Laurie will send your child a 5-7 minute long video message where she'll talk a little about the things they love (siblings, pets, favorite color, etc.) and then sing one of his or her favorite songs! Video will be sent via email and will be high quality. Parents, you can burn the video onto a DVD or transfer it to your favorite mobile device! Plus, two autographed Superhero albums - to keep or gift!

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    Tell Laurie Where To Go! (Local to NYC)

    You choose the location of one of the concerts where Laurie will play in 2017 (within 100 miles of New York City)! Choose a hospital or special needs school, and Laurie will perform a 1-hour concert and after show meet and greet.

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    Tell Laurie Where To Go! (Anywhere, USA)

    You choose the location of one of the concerts where Laurie will play in 2017 (anywhere in the United States)! Choose a hospital or special needs school, and Laurie will perform a 1-hour concert and after show meet and greet.

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