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The Wisconsin Room is a place where musicians from all around our great state will showcase their music to an international audience.
The Wisconsin Room is a place where musicians from all around our great state will showcase their music to an international audience.
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Each year more than 2,500 musicians, agents, managers, record company executives, radio DJs, folk music fans and others gather at the International Folk Alliance Conference, held this year in Kansas City February 18-22, 2015. For an independent musician, this is a great opportunity to showcase, network and learn from professionals in the business. Included in the $250-$350 price per person to attend the conference are numerous lectures and discussions about the music industry, workshops, networking opportunities and access to showcase performances. Showcase rooms are hosted by various groups, often record labels or venues. Generally, the hosts charge musicians a fee to perform in their room. 

This year, a hand full of Wisconsin-based artists are getting together to host "The Wisconsin Room" which will showcase artists from our state to an international music industry audience without charging the musicians to play. In fact, we are hoping to raise enough money to offset some of the other costs to attend the conference: registration fees ($250-$300 per person), hotel room ($900 for the Showcase room + $125/ room for musicians to sleep in), travel expenses, food, etc. Obviously, the more we raise, the more it will benefit the artists. We are pooling together our resources to offer some great incentives for anyone who donates to our campaign! And we are also seeking support from Wisconsin-based businesses that might be interested in sponsoring our room in return for advertising at the conference. 

Risks and challenges

Since we are working with a group of 10-20 musicians who all have busy schedules and travel a lot, there will be a great deal of organization required to fulfill our goals. There are fast-approaching deadlines for ad artwork, CD duplication, registration for the conference, etc. but we feel confident that we can meet these deadlines and fulfill our goals without problem.

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    Digital download of the compilation CD featuring music from all of the Wisconsin musicians who will be performing in the Wisconsin Room at Folk Alliance.

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    Limited Edition compilation CD featuring music from all of the Wisconsin musicians who will be performing in the Wisconsin Room at Folk Alliance, with a screen printed cover. CDs are courtesy of our friends at Sooper Dooper in Madison.

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    Compilation CD + download + a surprise CD or merch item (tote bag, tee shirt, etc) from WI artists

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    Compilation CD + download + 3 surprise CDs or merch items (tote bag, tee shirt, etc) from WI artists

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    Compilation CD + download + a surprise CD or merch item from WI artists + YOUR CHOICE:

    1. Two tickets to see any show at Kiki's House of Righteous Music in Madison (Donated by our friend Kiki)- ONLY ONE AVAILABLE
    2. Two tickets to see Tret Fure at the Brink Lounge in Madison on March 13th (Donated by our friends at MadFolk Society) - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE
    3. Two tickets to Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Sept 11 & 12 (Donated by our friends Harmonious Wail) -ONLY ONE AVAILABLE
    4. Two tickets to see Claudia Schmidt at the Brink Lounge in Madison on Feb. 28th (Donated by our friends at MadFolk Society)- ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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    Compilation CD + download + a surprise CD or merch item from WI artists + FAI goodie bag (official FAI 2015 canvas bag w/ schwag from the conference - including CDs & merch from various artists from across the world) + "Inside Folk Alliance" video featuring performances & interviews by various artists

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    Compilation CD + download + a surprise CD or merch item from WI artists + "Inside Folk Alliance" video featuring performances & interviews by various artists + HOUSE CONCERT featuring a Wisconsin artist (you chose from 3-5 musicians and we'll find a date that works!)

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    SPONSOR Level 1: Your name or business name on The Wisconsin Room posters, handbills, ads to be displayed during Folk Alliance.

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    SPONSOR Level 2: Your name or business name on The Wisconsin Room posters, handbills, ads to be displayed during Folk Alliance, shout outs on our FB page and website + Digital Ad at Folk Alliance + banner in The Wisconsin Room

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    SPONSOR Level 3: "Your name or business Presents" the Wisconsin Room! + Your name or business name on The Wisconsin Room posters, handbills, ads to be displayed during Folk Alliance, shout outs on our FB page and website + Digital Ad at Folk Alliance + banner in The Wisconsin Room

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    YOU GO TO FOLK ALLIANCE! For true folk music fans! Spend 3 days and nights at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City (Feb 19-22), hanging out with us and watching amazing shows from hundreds of artists (check out www.folkalliance.org for the "official showcase" list). Includes registration ($325 value) to the conference, FAI "goodie bag", hotel room for 3 nights, pick-up at the KC airport + VIP status in The Wisconsin Room (airfare/ gas money not included)

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